Welcome to Watercolour New Zealand

Growing from a small group of artists in 1975, Watercolour New Zealand is this country's only society dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of watercolour painting.

We have a diverse range of watercolour talents, and members, both professional and amateur, number about 450, take part in yearly events including workshops, critiques, painting days and major exhibitions. Whether artist, student, art lover or collector you will find much of interest here. The society is based in Wellington but new members from throughout New Zealand are welcome.


Watercolour New Zealand Newsletter-2019

Splash® 2019

Once again Watercolour New Zealand is holding a joint exhibition with the Wellington Potters’ Association.

Our exhibition has firmly established itself as one of the highlights of the Wellington visual arts calendar, attracting over 3,300 visitors last year.

The exhibition is on at the Academy Galleries Queens Wharf Wellington, 2 - 17 November and is open to all members.

Guest artist this year is well-known Christchurch painter Min Kim, winner of the Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award in 2018.

Venue: The NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington

Monday 14 Oct Closing date for Splash 2019 entry forms

Wednesday 23 Oct Delivery day for couriered entries to: Watercolour New Zealand, c/- Pack & Send, 103 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

Tuesday 29 Oct Receiving day for entries delivered by hand 4pm–6.30pm

Friday 1 Nov Splash 2019 Opening

2 Nov – 17 Nov Splash 2019 exhibition season

Sunday 17 Nov Collection of unsold paintings 5pm–6.30pm

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Watercolour New Zealand Splash Exhibition

Kingfisher by Min Kim, Guest Artist at Splash 2019

From the Committee

The 5 Day Painting Challenge, now in its second year, took place in the first week of August. The number of participants has increased by 45% and the number of paintings by nearly 70%. We’d like to thank committee member Hannah Martis for organising this.

Charlotte Hird’s perspective workshop takes place 31 August & 1 September. In October, Kimbra Taylor will present a workshop on watercolour portraits. Kimbra’s demonstrations at Splash have proved very popular. If you’ve tried painting watercolour portraits but not managed to get the results you want then this course could be for you.

We hope you’re embarking on your paintings for Splash 2019.

Because of problems with couriers and lack of storage space at the Academy, this year we have a new system for courier entries. They will be delivered to Pack & Send, who will store them for a few days then deliver them to the Academy. Please use the courier address labels provided.

A number of artists found the instructions regarding size limits for small paintings challenging, so they have been changed. This year there is a maximum frame size, 8” x 10” (20cm x 25cm). Many retail chains (eg. Briscoes) sell ready-made frames in this size. However, if you use ready-made frames you will have to replace the hardboard backing board, which is not acid free, with foamboard, available at art supply shops.

We’re always looking for help in setting up the exhibition, so if you’re able to assist, please contact us. In the meantime, happy painting.

Committee, Watercolour New Zealand Inc.

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