Latest News from WSA

New Zealand will be moving to a new Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) that introduces a 3-level approach to managing Covid-19.

As a part of the new framework, if we want to stay open, at all levels, we will need to use My Vaccine Pass for staff, members, students and visitors.

The Waikato Society of Arts has decided that we will move to operate under the Covid-19 Protection Framework, as soon as it is in place, so we can remain open at all stages. Not only is this in the best interests of our members, students and visitors, as we can continue to offer our services, but it will also ensure a safe environment for our staff. This means all WSA staff, tutors, contractors and visitors over the age of 12 will need to be fully vaccinated when the Waikato region moves to this new system on December 3 2021.


If you are vaccinated, you can register on My Covid Record and request a vaccine pass. This pass is valid for 6 months. Further information is also available on the website about options if you are exempt from vaccination, require a physical copy of your vaccination pass or are aged 12 – 16 years.

Those who have not been vaccinated yet, and intend to, are encouraged to do so as soon as possible so you can continue to come into the WSA and our Art classes.

Waiprint entry deadline and delivery of work, moved to December 17, 2021 and exhibition dates moved to 14 January to 7 February 2022.

ART SCHOOL:  Some adult and all children’s classes are now unfortunately cancelled until 2022, Term 1. The 13-18 year old classes, for double vaccinated students will continue at level 2. 

NZ Painting and Printmaking entry deadline extended to 7 February 2022. Check Awards page for further details.

National Youth Art Awards evening and exhibition moved to 10 February to 14 March 2022. Check Awards page for further details.

Due to covid restrictions, Waiprint and NYAA, will be held separately due to gallery date changes.

Stay safe and look after one another.

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.

The current exhibition  in the Next Level Gallery is our annual Cash and Carry. Please check this out through our Online Exhibitions tab.

Monica Schinkel now has an exhibition at Mavis and co, Rototuna. Images of her work to buy are on our Events page. Chace and his team have  kindly let us hang a monthly exhibition from our WSA members and students. 

Entries are now open until February 7, 2022. Don’t delay. 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 April 8th, 2022, starting with the Awards evening at 5.30pm. We can’t wait! 

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

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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