About Us 

The Watercolour Society of Queensland (WSQ) is an incorporated Association that is more than 30 years old. WSQ commenced at an inaugural meeting organised by two Sunshine Coast women, Janet O’Kines and Lois Beumer, held on 5 June 1986 at the Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) headquarters in Brisbane. 

Today, WSQ operates from shared premises known as the Hub, that are part of the Brisbane Visual Arts Community (BVAC) located at 140 Weller Rd Tarragindi QLD 4121. Office Hours are 10am to 2pm on the first, third and when applicable the fifth Thursday of each month.

WSQ is managed by volunteers and exists to encourage participation in watercolour painting at all levels, including provision of tuition and training, exhibitions and social events. We conduct activities on weekends and weekdays to cater for the various interests and time-availability of our members, whether in full-time work, retired or still studying. 

WSQ News

BVAC 5th Anniversary celebrations!!! July 16th
posted: 19 June 2017

Hettie Rowley's Watercolour Classes coming soon - 25 July to 12 Sept
posted: 17 June 2017

Hettie Rowley, will be teaching an eight-week block of watercolour classes at The Hub on the Southside commencing from 25 July to 12 September 2017. For more details please go to our Workshop and Classes page (here). 

Ev Hales Workshops coming soon - 20/21 and 22/23 July
posted: 27 May 2017

Ev Hales, a professional artist from Hurstbridge in Melbourne, will be holding two workshops in July. 
Starting out as a secondary art and craft teacher Ev teaches around Australia and at various locations all over the world. Ev has won numerous prizes and exhibits in galleries in Melbourne. Ev has published articles in a variety of magazines including Australian Artist, and has several books of her own: ‘Australian Orchid Design’, ‘A Work in Progress’ and and an e-book ‘Painting en Plein Air’.


Themes have now been confirmed. For more details for both of the workshops, please got to our Workshops and Classes page (here). All of our workshops are open to members as well as the general public.

Social Day | Sunday 23 April @ 1.30 pm at The Hub | $5
posted: 10 April 2017

We have invited the Redcliffe Art Society to join us.

This Social Day we will be exhibiting our stored paintings.  These painting have been donated by our Tutors over the years and go back a long way.  There are approximately 40 of them on display for you.

Do come and view them over afternoon tea, meet and  catch up with other members and meet members from the Redcliffe Art Society.

Autumn Exhibition 
posted: 6 April 2017

Forty-five members of the society exhibited their work at the recent Autumn Exhibition held at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens on 1 - 2 April. It was a successful exhibition with 260 framed and unframed paintings on display. Hundreds of people took the opportunity to visit the exhibition in sunny weather following a wet lead-up to the event due to ex-Cyclone Debbie. 

In addition to the traditional category, there were fifteen artists who participated in the newly created innovative category. This category allows the artists to create contemporary textures using a variety of mediums such as acrylic, gesso and collage.

Innovative | Nature Mt Cootha | Roger Callen

Traditional | Poppy Love | Carolyn Slack

This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Watercolour Society of Queensland to the general public to increase membership as well as to promote the different styles of watercolour. 

Thanks to all the volunteers who welcomed the visitors, the hangers, those who worked on the busy sales table as well as the artists who donated the paintings for the raffle which made this exhibition such a success. 

Di Taylor | Exhibition Convener

Autumn Exhibition - April 2017 (Closing date is 15 March 2017)
posted: 27 February 2017

This is a call to all members that the Autumn Exhibition entry details have been updated on the website (here). The exhibition will be held again at the auditorium of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. 

Autumn Exhibition 2017 | download flyer

There were over 300 works for sale in 2016 with strong sales in both the framed and unframed works. 

The entry conditions have been modernised with a newly created Innovative Category in addition to the Traditional, Miniature and Matted works. Artists can now submit works with gouache, gesso and other mediums in this Innovative Category so please download all four documents early so that you are aware of the scope of this new category (Entry Form, Conditions of Entry, Guidelines for Framing, Guidelines for Unframed Works, Sizing Guidelines for the Miniature Works). These forms can be downloaded from the Exhibitions page (here).  

The key dates are:  
Closing date:      15 March 
Drop date:         31 March 2017 | 8.30 am to 11.30 am
Exhibition date:  1-2 April | 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Collection date:  2 April | 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

We would also be interested in generous artists able to donate works for the door raffle prize. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Di Taylor on 0411 767 030 for further details and assistance in participating in the Autumn Exhibition.  


Next Meeting 

General Meeting

16 July 2017 @ 1.00 pm

Prize: $50

For the theme and location please go to the Calendar page (here)

Painting Groups


Western Suburbs Painting Group

The Group meets every second Tuesday of the month in the Brookfield Showgrounds Art Pavilion.

On alternate Tuesdays the group meets for en plein air painting.

For further details, please contact Nev Logan on (07) 3378 2541 or nevbarblogan@bigpond.com

Southside Casual Painting Group

The Group meets every first, third and 5th Thursday at The Hub (140 Weller Rd, Tarragindi)

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Fee: $10 

Tea and coffee provided.

For further details, please contact WSQ Secretary on 0428 320 066.

En Plein Air Group

Meets on the second Wednesday of every month. For further details of the next meeting, please contact Margaret Elaurant on (07) 3359 1648.

Weekly Casual Painting Group at Chermside

Currently full.

For further details, please contact WSQ Secretary on 0428 320 066.