The West Australian Society of Arts Inc. is the oldest art society in Western Australia and can trace its beginnings back to 1890.
The Society has over 100 members, from beginners to professionals. New members are welcome.
Patron: His Excellency The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia
The West Australian Society of Arts exists to advance painting, sculpture, architecture and the kindred arts in the Colony; to associate its members together for mutual work and study; and to disseminate that elevating influence among the people that must result from a study of the true and beautiful.
The Society meets at 7.00pm on the third Thursday of each month (except for December and January) at the Palms, corner of Rokeby and Nicholson Roads, Subiaco. The meeting takes the format of a formal meeting of about half an hour’s duration. We then break for tea or coffee and follow with a demonstration of different techniques and media by an invited artist.
A Christmas party is held annually in lieu of the December meeting.
Join in our Members Only In-House Competition at our monthly meetings to work your way towards becoming a platinum member! Each month members can bring a painting along to be part of the competition and members vote on the painting they like the best. There are four categories – white, blue, gold and platinum. A specified number of wins in each category allows the participant to move through the various sections until the level of platinum is achieved. There is a certificate for the winner in each section and their name is published in the monthly newsletter, with platinum winners featuring their work on our website!
Exhibitions & Awards
A prize-giving exhibition is held annually around March. Prizes are awarded as follows:
The Vic Felstead Award of $500 for the best painting in the exhibition
Vic Felstead was a much-admired member of the Society who bequeathed $10000 to the Society, the interest from which provides a prize in perpetuity.
A prize of $200 is awarded in the categories of oil/acrylic, watercolour or mixed media (whichever two are not represented by the Vic Felstead Award).