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.

Painting by Lucy Papalia | Rottnest Morning
Artist: Lucy Papalia
Early morning at Rottnest

Monthly Meeting

On Thursday 10th December 2020 the Society will be holding their annual “Christmas in the Park”  Plein Air Paint Out.  For more details click here All family and friends are welcome to paint or to come and see the artwork.

There will be no meeting at the “Palms” Community Centre Subiaco on Thursday 17th December as WASA will be in recess until Thursday 11th February 2021.

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all WASA members and families.

The Society meets at 7.00pm on the third Thursday of each month (except for December and January) at “The Palms” Community Centre, 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.

Painting by Derrick Fitzpatrick | Rounding the Bouy
Artist: Derrick Fitzpatrick | Watercolour | 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 Members Hall of Fame.

Workshops & Activities

JANA VODESIL-BARUFFI  is a West Australian based fine artist and art educator grown up and schooled in the best traditions of Europe.  Her realistic portraits, landscapes and fantastic realism works have won prestigious state and national competitions and sell both nationally and abroad.

Workshop – Watch and Learn Seascape – Medium – OIL

WASA Member  $120.00  Non Members $145.00

Light lunch supplied

Sunday 8th November 2020

Arrive 9.00am –  4.00pm

Metamorphosis Art Studio, Unit 1/24 Yampi Way, Willetton  6155

To book you place email and an entry form will be sent to you.

REQUIREMENTS – The artist is required to bring their own materials canvas, oil paints, brushes, reference material.

Easels, tables, boards, coffee and tea are always available

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…

Jenny Davies20201122134558
Val Brooks20200804153442
Wendy Line20200521093001