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.
Become a member and enjoy all the benefits of belonging to one of the oldest and largest art societies in New Zealand!
2017 Cash & Carry Entry
Our annual Cash & Carry exhibition is drawing near for our members to enter and have their work on display in our Next Level Gallery. If you would like to be a part of this exhibition please download the link below to enter.
Cash and carry 2017.pdf
Cash&Carry 17 Poster.pdf
2017 Members Exhibition - Colour Speaks All Languages
13 October to 13 November 2017 Opening: 12 October, 5.30pm at ARTSPOST
Curator: Dr Carole Shepheard
Theme: “COLOUR SPEAKS ALL LANGUAGES”
Choosing “COLOUR SPEAKS ALL LANGUAGES” as the theme means there are no restrictions on subject matter, style, materials or genre. Colour has huge symbolic meaning, different in every country and culture and closely connected to feelings, moods and emotions. The awareness of the power of colour – and its conscious use – has been around for some time, however, it wasn’t until the end of the 19thc that artists sought to exploit the emotion-provoking qualities of colour. Impressionist artists such as Paula Moderson-Becker, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh deliberately heightened their colours to emphasis the emotional content in their paintings. Perhaps Van Gogh is the better known because he was obsessed with symbolic and expressive values of colour, but also because of his tormented life. By the 1950’s Abstract Expressionism was at its height with artists such as de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollock working with colour to express pure emotion. As the selector I will be looking for work that represents, explores, enhances or challenges expectations of any given subject area. This is the chance to really express your self! Entries close Friday 6TH October 2017 Entry fee $20 for the first work, $10 for subsequent work. Entries must have been produced after August 2016 and may be two or three dimensional with a size no greater than 1500mm x 1000mm.
Pastel by Joan Fear, patron of the Waikato Society of Arts
NZ Painting and Printmaking Award 2018
In its 18th year, the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA) has a proud history of presenting a well-rounded group exhibition during the Hamilton Arts Festival featuring artwork produced by many of New Zealand’s top artists, alongside the announcement of the $20,000 prize sponsored by the Phillip Vela Family Trust.
This year we have invited painter/printmaker Dianne Fogwell from Australia to be the judge. More information here.
Our annual NZ Painting and Printmaking Awards for 2018 are now ready for entries; the closing date for entries is 14th November 2017. Download details and entry form here:
2018 NZPPA Entry Form & Conditions.pdf
NZPPA 2018 information
More information about NZPPA 2017
National Youth Art Award 2017
4 August - 4 September.
ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton
The opening of the Midland MRI National Youth Art Awards was yet again an awe-inspiring moment. The diverse and sometimes provocative work by these youngsters show that art in New Zealand has a great future.
This exhibition showcases the artwork of New Zealand’s youth between the ages of 15 and 27. The judge this year was Karl Chitham, director of Tauranga Art Gallery.
“When asked to be the judge for the National Youth awards I was excited at the prospect of seeing some of New Zealand’s emerging talent and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.
The standard of work from the nearly 80 entries was incredibly high which made my job a real challenge. The job of a judge is often a difficult one as you have to ensure that you are fair in your deliberations but also that you accurately reflect both the scope of the entries while being true to competitive process that an award represents.
Judging is also a subjective job. What I have selected here tonight represents both the most technically proficient work submitted but also works which have an energy or special unique quality. Another judge may have chosen other works and that is just the nature of this process.”
This year saw 79 entries from Invercargill to Kaitaia. 37 finalists were chosen and have gone on to exhibit at ArtsPost Gallery in Hamilton.
For me this year was especially exciting. I had tried hard over the past 3 years to encourage Youth throughout the entire country to get behind these awards and “give it a go”. We had tended to have most of the entries coming from the Waikato, which I felt was encouraging for the Waikato, but not exactly “National”. This year was entirely different. It was a truly National event.
I would like to thank Melany Sutherland for her hard work helping me make this award become a reality. Without her it would not have happened.
With the help of Karl, we changed the categories to make it fit better with the artwork entered and this was an outstanding success.
Midland MRI Grand Prize
Vincent Zheng 18 untitled (Auckland City)
Emerging Sponsor Hamilton Radiology
Sam Timmings 18 I’ve been waiting for something new to cry about
Print Sponsor Dr Michael Merriman
Henry Turner 18 The Great Escape
Breakout Sponsor Dr John Collier
Tony Guo 17 Self Portrait
Abstract Sponsor WINTEC
Jacob Archibald 17 The Line
Photography Sponsor Dr Paul Timmings
Alice Langbrown 17 Can I Lick The Spoon
Peoples Choice Sponsor Gordon Harris
Yet to be decided
Without our sponsors, this event could not be possible. On behalf of the WSA I would like to thank them all for their support of the National Youth Art Award.
By Aly Timmings, 2017 NYAA Convenor
Printmakers and print lovers were joined by crowds from the NYAA at the joint opening on 3 August. This year's offering includes the usual techniques -etching, aquatint, woodcut, linocut, lithography, monoprint, collograph, embossing - and many pieces combining several techniques. New to these walls are Carril Karr's crayon prints and two of Robin Cuff's popular big birds are back in woodcut. Birds are a recurring theme and Steph McLellan and Kiri Jones have each contributed striking images of moths. Martha Simms has furthered the insect theme with a triptych and a single on bees. An even wider array of technique shows up in the guest exhibition 'The Small Print', 45 prints by members of Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ), including nine by WSA printmakers.
Also on display in a vitrine is a small selection of works from this year's workshop: 'Plastered'. The last weekend in July, Hawkes Bay artist Kathy Boyle revealed techniques she has developed over the past several years to an enthusiastic class of ten printmakers. They learned to print on plaster using their etchings, drypoints, mezzotints, engravings and woodcuts and then to further embellish the finished print with chine colle (tissue collage), tea stain, gold leaf and resin. The resulting objects can be made into jewellery, plaques, tiles and keepsakes.
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, Art School and Gallery are open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.00
After these hours, messages can be left on 07-839-4481.
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