Latest News from WSA

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  will operate under the Covid-19 Protection Framework, 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 from December 3 2021, will need to be fully vaccinated.

If you are vaccinated, you can register on My Covid Record and request a vaccine pass. 

Waiprint exhibition dates have been moved to 14 January to 7 February 2022. We had a successful Opening on 13 January and it was wonderful to see everyone out enjoying a beautiful summer evening, meeting up again and viewing a beautiful exhibition of printmaking.

ART SCHOOL:  We will be resuming all classes, children’s and adults, from February 14, 2022. All adults must provide proof of their Covid vaccination certificates and until the 5-11 year old’s can be fully vaccinated, we will require proof of their parents vaccination certificate during the enrolment process. This can also be done online by uploading your CVC when enrolling. Students 8 years and over will be required to wear a mask under the Red light setting.

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

The National Youth Art Awards Exhibition Opening is on 10 February at 5.30pm, at the ArtsPost galleries and the exhibition will run until to 14 March 2022. Check the Awards page for further details.

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. We now have our doors open to view the exhibition to visitors who can provide their vaccination certificate to the office. Please check this out through our Online Exhibitions tab also.


Sue Burnett – A Fickle Mistress watercolour exhibition on now 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.

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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