The Matariki Star Cluster

Latest News from WSA

Matariki signals the Maori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in Aotearoa that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. The two meanings of Matariki both refer to the stars: mata ariki (eyes of god) and mata riki (little eyes). To learn more and for some fun children’s activities, courtesy of Te Papa Tongarewa, visit our News section.

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 annual Members Exhibition at the ArtsPost galleries will be held from the 5th of August to the 6th of September 2021. If you are wanting to be a part of a rewarding event then why not consider joining as a WSA member and taking this opportunity to display your art amongst fellow members and enjoy the other member benefits that come with your annual subscription. It is a great way to meet new people,  develop artistic relationships and join in the other events we hold throughout the year.

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. Enrolments for term 3 are filling up rapidly, so don’t delay, book in today.

Our current exhibition  in the Next Level Gallery is Gemma’s classes exhibition called Vistas and Landscapes. These works are from her 10-12 year old classes and combined with Gemma’s own work in printmaking. There is an Opening on Saturday, July 24th at 10.30pm. See you there.

Waiprint 2021 is run alongside the National Youth Art Awards in the ArtsPost galleries. For further details please visit our Events page.

Final call for entries! Entires close July 31st 2021. The 2021 National Youth Art Awards preparations are well and truly underway. We are so pleased to introduce our Judges for 2021, Diane Scott and James Ormsby. You can find out more about these two knowledgeable and talented artists on the Awards page. We have made the entry pricing more accessible to young artists and schools, so please take a look, we would love you to enter and enjoy the experience. Complete your entry for this exhibition to celebrate 13 to 25 year old NZ artists both new and developing. The entry form is open online now.

We are excited to announce our Judge for the 2021 NZ Painting and Printmaking Awards is Dr Ed Hanfling. You can read more about Ed on the Awards page. We will be hosting this annual exhibition at the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion from October 29th, 2021, starting with the Awards evening at 5.30pm. We can’t wait! An alteration to the entries opening – entries can be made online now.

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.

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