Latest News from WSA


Thank you to those who attended our AGM via Zoom on October 20. Thank you to the existing Executive who have all volunteered to stay on for another year, your committment to the WSA is appreciated.

Bookings for term 4 art classes are now open and filling up very fast. There are some new classes also, please take a look. We are hoping to begin Term 4 on Saturday, October 30th, fingers crossed!

The October school holiday programme has been cancelled due to covid-19 restrictions and Hamilton currently being in level 3. 

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.

Waiprint entry deadline and delivery of work, moved to December 1, 2021 and exhibition dates moved to 14 January to 7 February 2022.

Due to covid restrictions these two exhibitions, 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.

Currently our annual Members Exhibition at the ArtsPost galleries is running from the 5th of August, 5.30pm to the 12th of October 2021. A price list of work is on our Events page, along with photos of the hanging works being rotated every few days, five at a time. To be a part of this rewarding event next year, 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. Please take a look at what’s still available under the Art School.

The current exhibition  in the Next Level Gallery is Watercolour from Sue Burnett and Paulette Bruns class students. Images and prices are under our Events page.

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. Monica’s exhibition is running from September 28th until October 26th. 

Entries for the 2021 National Youth Art Awards are now closed. Thank you for the overwhelming response this year, well over double the entries from 2020! Amazing work from all of you!! Our Judges for 2021, Diane Scott and James Ormsby have chosen 47 finalists. You can find out more about these two knowledgeable and talented Judges on the Awards page. The exhibition held down in the ArtsPost galleries will celebrate 13 to 25 year old NZ artists, both new and developing in their craft. 

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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