Waikato Society of Arts
Our Vision: Fostering creativity and growth of visual arts
Our Mission: Supporting local artists with learning facilities and providing resources and exhibition opportunities.
Waikato Society of Arts is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving the art needs of the visual artist and art lovers at every stage of their development.
WSA works to enrich the community by supporting growth and development of the visual arts through classes, exhibitions, forums and fellowship.
WSA holds several exhibitions each year and we are especially proud of hosting the National Youth Art Award and the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, both attracting entries from all over New Zealand.
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2019 National Youth Art Award
Our Prize winners have been chosen for the
Waikato Society of Arts Annual
National Youth Art Award 2019
18 July – 19 August
ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton
Please come along and view the exhibition open now.
It is with much excitement that the Waikato Society of Arts along with
our chief sponsor Midland MRI can announce that the Prize winners in each category have been chosen for our 10th
year of competition. We again had a record number of entries with 140 artists entering from around the country.
Hamilton has been the host for this award for the past ten years, the
only award in New Zealand exclusive to talented young artists. Prizes totaling
$6000 along with Gordon Harris People’s Choice award of $250 and a $500 Print Award sponsored by the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
All young artists in New Zealand between the ages of 15 and 25 were invited to enter this prestigious competition.
This was a selected show and our judge this
year is Margaret Aull, formerly
from Tumu Herenga Toi - Curator Manager Ahua Gallery at New Zealand
Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, before this she was Poutiaki Toi
- Art Collection Curator at Te Wānanga o
Aotearoa. Margaret Aull studied her Masters of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe
College of Arts and Design, in Auckland.
The 83 finalists have their work on show to the public, for a month,
at ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton, with the Opening and Awards evening held last night.
This award is open to independent artists as well as students who are
prepared to jump the boundaries of their curriculum from the ages of 15 to 25 years.
2019 NYAA Prize winners
15-19 Midland MRI Grand Prize - Caitlin Flood - 'Bare'
15-19 Merit Award - Merania Kana - 'Koro's Hideaway'
15-19 Highly Commended - Molly Simes - 'Engulfed'
20-25 Midland MRI Grand Prize - Gemma Baldock - 'A Right Royal Ruckus'
20-25 Merit Prize - Rebecca Hazard - 'Tell Mum I Ate All My Porridge'
20-25 Highly Commended - Liam Bourton - Manic
Print Council Aotearoa NZ Print Award - Cassandra Hill - "Suppression"
THE GORDON HARRIS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD will be drawn at the end of the Exhibition and the winner will be awarded a $250 voucher to Gordon Harris.
18 July - 18 August 2019
This year WAIPRINT turns thirty!
WSA Printmaking began in the 1970s under the energetic
guidance of Ruth Davey and her colleagues and was sustained for many years by
the late Joan Travaglia. The printmakers showed their work from early on,
formally naming their annual exhibition ‘WAIPRINT’ in 1990. From the beginning, a feature of WAIPRINT has
been a guest artist and, usually, a printmaking workshop.
The prints exhibited at WAIPRINT are original and autographic
works: they are made by hand by the artists. ‘Printmaking’ is a broad term
encompassing many techniques for mark-making. These include woodcut, linocut, collagraph,
etching, drypoint, lithography, screenprint, monoprint, stencil, stamp and,
most recently, digital. Used individually or in combination, these varied
techniques provide printmakers a full set of tools for interpreting and
expressing their vision and ideas.
Inspired by the natural environment, I have increasingly
researched projects where I have had the opportunity to learn more deeply about
aspects of New Zealand history and its flora. As I grew up with parents of a
keen botanical persuasion, plant knowledge was always within easy grasp yet
never particularly engrossing for my younger self. Recently, however, I have
had the opportunity to work collaboratively in group projects and to
participate in group exhibitions where the key focus has been aspects of New Zealand
history and/or ecology. Stepping away from my usual sources of inspiration to
research aspects that have meaning to me through place, memory and experience,
I have developed an interest in continuing to work in this way, creating on-going
bodies of works as “field notes”. Much to my surprise and amusement I find that
I have come full circle and now hunger for the knowledge my parents once tried
so hard to share with me!
WAIPRINT 2019 Guest Artist
Contact Details and Opening Hours
The WSA Office, Art School and the Next Level Gallery are located on Level 1 of the ArtsPost Building, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand.
The Office and Art School are open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4pm, Next Level Gallery Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 4pm
School holiday hours - Monday - Friday 8.45 - 3.00
After these hours, messages can be left on 07-839-4481.
For Artschool email firstname.lastname@example.org, all other enquires email email@example.com
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NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2019
The 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA)
had a wonderful opening night on Thursday the 28 of February, in Wintec’s The
Atrium. The weather was fine, and we received an excellent turn out of Waikato
Society of Arts members, a substantial number of finalists who had travelled
from far and wide to attend and several new faces.
Sam Cunnane (representing Wintec, our major partner for the
award) opened the evening before handing over to Kim Paton (our 2019 judge from
Object Space in Auckland). Kim had three awards to deliver and began with the
Print Award (valued at $1,000), generously sponsored by the Print Council of
Aotearoa New Zealand, which was awarded to Basia Smolnicki for her work At the End of the Day. Following,
Kim delivered Wintec’s Merit Award (valued also at $1,000) which went to Telly
Tuita for his work Expulsion from
Paradise. Finally, Kim delivered the main prize, generously sponsored once
again by the Vela Family Trust. This award, valued at $20,000, went to Claudia
Kogachi for her work Mom wait up.
The Award was open to the public for three full days (from
Friday through to Sunday) and included a floor talk by the judge on the
Saturday morning. During this time, exhibition visitors had the opportunity to
vote for their favourite work, giving the artists an additional chance to win
the People’s Choice Award which was generously sponsored by Gordon Harris Art
Supplies (an award to the value of $750). The Gordon Harris People’s Choice
Award was taken with a very high majority, by Heather Campbell for her work Deported Mugshot, 1928, Sydney.
Thank you once again to everyone who came along in support of
the 2019 NZPPA, our judge, Kim Paton, our incredible sponsors, and of course to
all of the outstanding artists who entered.
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2019 Finalists were:
|Ella Brewer, Tiffany Singh
|Janna van Hasselt