How to become a member

The Watercolour Society of WA is an internationally recognised society that is committed to the world-wide promotion of the watercolour medium. The first object of the Society’s Constitution is:

“To promote public interest in watercolours and to advance the knowledge of members in watercolour painting”

The Society is well aware of its responsibility to promote watercolour therefore its members need to have reached a sufficiently advanced level of expertise and understanding of this challenging and much-loved medium. To achieve this, we have a selection process which is as follows:

We require applicants to bring five watercolour paintings to a general meeting, at least two of which need to be framed to exhibition standard, the remaining three need to have a mount and be covered in cellophane or transparent plastic. The standard is high, so we recommend you select your very best works which illustrate your understanding of the medium, technical ability and artistic merit. Pen and wash and gouache are acceptable but not mixed media – we have a saying “Watercolour should be the hero of your work”. If you would like to discuss your submission with an experienced member, that can always be arranged.

Your paintings are displayed anonymously to the members present who are encouraged to consider your creativity, composition, tonal value, use of colour, drawing skill, perspective and brushwork.

To become a member, a 75% vote for acceptance by the members present is required. Those gaining between 65% and 74% will be awarded associate membership. Associate members enjoy the same privileges as full members but are unable to vote in ballots and are limited to exhibiting one pre-approved painting at our Annual Awards Exhibition. They are encouraged to re-submit paintings for full membership as soon as they feel confident to do so.

We encourage you to visit our Annual Awards Exhibition held in October, our website www.watercolourswa.org.au and our YouTube channel and spend some time looking at the biographies and paintings of our current members which will give you an idea of the standard required.

Contact for further details:

Peter Allen,  New Member Co-ordinator

membership@watercolourswa.org.au

0408 944 383

 

Current WatercoloursWA Committee

PRESIDENT: Jane Zandi president@watercolourswa.org.au
VICE PRESIDENT: Stef Hayward vicepresident@watercolourswa.org.au
SECRETARY DUTIES: Rhonda Hickey secretary@watercolourswa.org.au
TREASURER: Sue Liddicoat treasurer@watercolourswa.org.au
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Sue Bass newsletter@watercolourswa.org.au
WEBSITE MANAGER: Debbie Ey website@watercolourswa.org.au
INSTAGRAM PAGE: Valentina Voigt instagram@watercolourswa.org.au
FACEBOOK PAGE:   facebook@watercolourswa.org.au
ZOOM & O’SEAS EVENTS Susan Payne payne.susan@gmail.com
SPONSORSHIPS: Stef Hayward sponsorship@watercolourswa.org.au
AAE HANGING/SPECIAL EVENTS Penny Maddison events@watercolourswa.org.au
PUBLICITY Stef Hayward publicity@watercolourswa.org.au
DISCOUNT CARDS Jan Pittman wildflowerart@gmail.com
NEW MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR Peter Allen membership@watercolourswa.org.au
COMMITTEE MEMBER Suba Maniam artsuba@ymail.com
COMMITTEE MEMBER Cass Gartner cgartner@iinet.net.au

 

Fellowship of the Watercolour Society of WA (FWSWA)

In 2015, the Society decided to acknowledge excellence in watercolour painting by awarding a Fellowship of the Society to those members who accumulate 8 points from awards at the Annual Awards Exhibition as follows:

The Overall Winner Award          3 points

Each Category Winner                  2 points

Highly Commended and
The People’s Choice Award          1 point

Points accrued for current members were retrospective from the start of the Society

2015

Stephanie Boyle

Pam Eddy

Penny Maddison

Lucy Papalia

Philomena Yong Too

Robertson, Sandy

2016

Cass Gartner

2017

Pam Lockwood

2018

Renata Wright

Susan Payne

2019

Catherine Kelly

2020

Sue Hibbert

Jude Scott

Updated 30 April 2024

ACHINO, Natalia FISHER, Jill LEAHY, Tamayo SARSFIELD, Jayne
ALEXANDER, Gordon FITZPATRICK, Derrick LI, Jane SCOTT, Jude
ALLEN, Peter FURLONG, Karen LIDDICOAT, Sue SCULL, Meredith
ARUNDALE, Jo-Ann GALL, Val LIN, Nadia SHATTOCK, Kama
BADDELEY, Peter GALLO, Kim LOCKWOOD, Pam SMART, Lea
BASS, Sue GARDNER, Lorraine MADDISON, Penny SMITH, Noeleen
BENNETT, June GARTNER, Cass MANIAM, Suba  SPENCER, Helena
BOX, Geraldine GILL, Pauline MARIREA, Arlene STEINBERG, Jan
BOYLE, Stephanie GODDARD, Maureen MARMION, Verena SULLIVAN, June
BRADFORD-SEELEY, Meg GREAVES, Layney MARSHALL, Dympna SZE, Tony
BRICKELL, Larraine GREEN, Allison McCORMACK, Julie TAN, Bee
BRISTOW, Richard GRIEVES, Juliet MILEA, Simona TAYLOR, John
BROWN, Jillian HALLIDAY, Shelda MILLER, Kale TAYLOR, Tony
BROWN, Margaret HAMILTION, Padma NAIL, Ana THAMARAI, Selvi
BULLOCK, John HARDWICK, Richard NEUZERLING, Lori TILT, Rod
BURGE, David HARRISON, Christine NEWTON, Derek TOLCHARD, Rosalie
CAIRNES, Janine HASKEY, Barbara NORMAN, Christine VAFAFAR, Sonia
CHEN, Bolang HAYWARD, Stef O’BRIEN, Barbara VIVIEN, Jessica
CHEN, Qi HENWOOD, Colyn O’CALLAGHAN, Renee VOIGT, Valentina
COCKBURN, Helen HEWETT, Beverley O’CATHAIL, Zee WALLMAN, Annette
COLE, Barbara HIBBERT, Sue OSBORNE, Irene WEBBER, Kay
CRAWLEY, Suzanne HICKEY, Rhonda PAPALIA, Lucy WICKISON, Anki
CULLEN, Karen HOLLIER, Robin PARKER, Valerie WILSON, Michele
DAVEY, Jo HUGHES, Jennifer PAYNE, Susan WONG, Laddawan
DAVIES, Marilyn HUNT, Barbara PAYNE, Jo WRIGHT, Anastasia
DEWAR, Margaret HURD, Paul PEEBLES, Gillian WRIGHT, Beni
DOLPHIN, Andy HUTCHINSON, Julie PIERONI, Margaret WRIGHT, Elizabeth
DOUGLAS, Ren JENKE, Ros PITTMAN, Jan WRIGHT, Renata
DRURY, Paul JOHNSON, Bev POSAVEC, Polla YEO, Aurelie
EDDY, Pam  KALAB, Sue POWER, Marion YOUNG, Evelyn
EL- MUGHEIRY, Maggie KALLAS, Ian PRESS, Dianne YOUNGER, Fred
EY, Debbie KELLEY, Catherine REYNOLDS, Peter ZANDI, Jane
FAGENCE, Ella LANE, John ROBERTSON, Sandy ZHANG, Yi Quing
FARRELL, Fiyona LAWTIE, Karen SANDERSON, Jenny