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.

For further information about The West Australian Society of Arts please email the Secretary, Paul Drury on or phone 0417 987 157.

Roger Bayzand Geikie Gorge
Roger Bayzand Artist
Geikie Gorge

Monthly Meeting

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. Click here to find out who our Monthly Demonstrator will be!

A Christmas party is held annually in lieu of the December meeting.

Derrick Fitzpatrick Rounding the Bouy
Derrick Fitzpatrick Artist
Rounding the Buoy

In-House Competition

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.

White:  1st place 3 points,  2nd place 2 points, 3rd place 1 point.  6 points to move to Blue.

Blue:  1st place 2 points, 2nd place 1 point.  6 points to move to Gold.

Gold:  1st place 2 points,  2nd place 1 point.  8 points to move to Platinum.

Platinum: 1st place 2 points, 2nd  place 1 point.

When Platinum level is achieved a certificate is presented to the artist at the next monthly WASA meeting, the artist CV and 4 paintings will feature in the Platinum Hall of Fame.

Workshops & Activities

Occasional workshops are held throughout the year. Please check here for upcoming events.

There are currently no workshops scheduled.

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).

New Platinum Members

Click on the painters’ names below to view the our newest Platinum members…

Val Brooks20200804153442
Wendy Line20200521093001
Peter Reynolds20200519151625