Latest News from WSA

ART SCHOOL:  If you’d like to enrol for Term 3, 2022 then some classes are now available  on our website. To keep our tutors safe through the colder terms we strongly encourage our students to wear face masks please. This helps reduce the risk of covid, flu and other germs being transmitted as easily. This also ensures our classes are less likely to be postponed or cancelled due to unnecessary sickness.

Saturday Office Hours:

9.30am-12.30pm

Our Saturday office closing hours are sometimes reduced. Please call ahead to see if we are open.

Next Level Gallery current exhibition – ‘Matariki’ by 4 of our children’s classes taught by Paulette Bruns, Gemma Reid and Rhiannon Jackson. Exhibition runs until July 13.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 NYAA category winners:
Mushroom Motion by Mia Moon – Photography Prize and Overall Award Winner
Numb by Navya Chaudhary –
First prize 13-14 years
Shady at Midnight by Jessica Gurnsey – First prize 15 -19 years
Day 42-48 (Waikato Region) by Sarah Adam –
First prize 20 – 25 years
Whatu by Nyle Turuwhenua –
Print prize
Limiting Beliefs by Lissa Lee –
Sculpture prize
Camera Sketch by Ariel Wu –
Merit prize 13 – 14 years
Thief of the Sun by Charlotte Campbell –
Merit prize 15 – 19 years
It All Comes Back Around by Robb Eastman-Densem
Merit prize 20 – 25 years
What a fantastic night and an amazing group of young people, awesome Judges, awesome sponsors and volunteers!
The National Youth Art Awards is being exhibited at the Wintec gallery space on Alexandra Street, Hamilton. Open from 11.30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday until August 28th. Please make sure you come along and support these talented and amazing artists. All work is for sale and can be purchased in the gallery or online at wsa.org.nz
Thank you to all the young artists from throughout Aotearoa who entered and to their teachers, parents and friends, what a massive effort. You should all be extremely proud.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NYAA 2022 FINALISTS:

Atina Hu
Hong-che Wu
Tao Lai
Ava Hashemi
Hannah Li
Jamie Park
Navya Chaudhary
Leo Reid
Charlotte Campbell
Sabina Teng
Aye Thu
Marco Ma
Carol Zhu
Samuel Ma
Meeshall Bailes
Stevie Sheehan
Stella Masters
Bea Mendoza
Demetrius Shortland
Taipuhi King
Summer Okey
Ruby Burke
Jeffrey Li
Judy Hu
Lydia Bailie-Bellew
Sarah Jamieson
Lucy Dimock
Stacey Erasmus
Yumin Ahn
Rose Zhang
Grace Ma
Mia Moon
Sasha Robyn Brooks
Jessica Gurnsey
Nyle Turuwhenua
Te Rangimoaha Iti
Annabelle Mackie
Bianca Enright
Molly Given
Sienna Zhang
Ria Sinha
Fabian Strauch
Robb Eastman-Densem
Melissa Marriott
Llenyd Price
Sarah Adam
Awards and Opening 4 August 2022

We received 295 entries and want to say thank you and acknowledge all the artists, students, teachers, parents and friends that helped and encouraged these amazing young people to enter. Good Luck to all of you! A huge shout out to the two Judges, Helen Dowling and Daron Parton, what a mammoth effort! Thank you both very much.

We now have several spaces where our members, students and tutors have opportunities to exhibit their own work apart from our Next Level Gallery, please enquire at the office if you would like to know more or check out our NEWS page for further information.

Our art classes have low student to tutor ratios so these fill up quickly.  Our experienced tutors have quality lessons for all ages and skill levels at the WSA. Please take a look at what’s still available under the Art School.

Chace and his team have  kindly let us hang exhibitions from our WSA members and students. On display now is Kate Symmans exhibition, ‘Bedrock’. Make sure to see this before it’s too late.

Please keep checking our website and Facebook/Instagram for further information.

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 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 WSA Member today and enjoy a range of benefits.

Includes $20 off all art classes