WASA - En Plein Air

In 2022 The West Australian Society of Arts will reintroduce the Wilgie Sketchers Club back to WASA.

The West Australian Society of Arts is the oldest art society in WA, tracing its beginnings back to 1889 when it existed as the Wilgie Sketchers Club.  Wilgie being the aboriginal work for red ochre found in WA's remote North West.

The present society was incorporated 1896.  The founding members of the Sketching Club included Lady Forrest (wife of the Premier) Margaret Hamersley, Herbert Gibbs, Henry Prinsep, George Temple-Poole and Bernard Woodward (who late became the first Director of the WA Museum and Art Gallery).


Government House of Western Australia
Open Weekend
En Plein Air Paint Out

Email:  pippin.margaria@gmail.com

Government House has extended an invitation to WASA Plein Air artists to participate in painting activities within the property's gardens during the forthcoming event.


Saturday 13th April & Sunday 14th April
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The lush gardens provide a perfect setting for plein-air artists to capture the beauty of our Government House's grounds. Visitors would welcome the atmosphere that en plein air painting brings to an event. 

We are truly grateful for your participation. Limited places are available; please register ASAP.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Artists are requested to meet with Alan at the Terrace Road (bottom gate) at approximately 9:45 a.m.  

Please note that no power supply or source is available.

We are expected to be self-sufficient and bring their own equipment, materials, chairs, and easels to the event. Artists are welcome to set up easels wherever free space is available in the Lower Garden.

The WASA Committee will set up a stall on Saturday, April 13th, to promote their upcoming 128th Annual Awards Exhibition and raffle to the public.