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

Upcoming Workshops: Jacky Pearson - international tutor
posted: 20 February 2017

Jacky Pearson, a multi-award winning professional artist from New Zealand, will be holding two workshops in May: Figures at The Hub and Boats and Reflections in the Northside.

Jacky exhibits in galleries and holds Solo and joint exhibitions around New Zealand and overseas. Her work is held in private and public collections in NZ and abroad.

She is an experienced international art tutor and holds regular classes in Wellington as well as workshops and master classes around NZ and overseas.

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.

You can also see her painting a portrait in an episode of Colour in Your Life (here).

Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize: Opening Night on Sunday 10 February 2017
posted: 8 February 2017

The inaugural Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Paintings is a unique triennial art prize with an overall prize of $20,000. The artworks are available for purchase.

This prize aims to:

  • encourage and reward excellence in watercolour landscape painting
  • encourage artists to take up watercolour painting
  • protect and encourage appreciation of quality watercolour landscape painting
The exhibition is held between 9 February and 25 February at The Webb Gallery, on the Griffith University campus in South Bank.

The opening night is held on Friday 10 February at 6 pm.

For more information, please go to: www.berminghamprize.com.au.

New Classes for the Southside: Hettie Rowley
posted: 24 January 2017

Hettie Rowley, will be teaching a six-week block of watercolour classes at The Hub on the Southside commencing from 21 February 2017. For more details please go to our Workshop and Classes page (here). 

Upcoming Workshops: Helen Beaver and Jacky Pearson
posted: 24 January 2017

WSQ will hold its first weekend workshop for the year on 18 to 19 March, led by the acclaimed Brisbane watercolorist Helen Beaver. This workshop is specifically intended for beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills. Helen is a regular with the WSQ. She is a fantastic artist and a great teacher who is very generous with her time and knowledge. This is a must-do activity if you are new to watercolour painting.

In May, we are delighted to also host our first international artist, Jacky Pearson - an opportunity not to be missed. For more details for both of the workshops, please got to our Workshops and Classes page (here).

WSQ 2016 Annual Exhibition Winner: Natasha Hodgson
psoted: September 2016 

Jasmine Tea

See more of Natasha's works on her website (here). 


Next Meeting 

Social Afternoon with a demo by member, Hettie Rowley.

19 February 2017 @ 1.30 pm

Ashgrove Public Library, 87 Amarina Ave, Ashgrove

RSVP: 15 February 

For all the meeting dates 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

For details of the next meeting, please  contact Margaret on (07) 3359 1648.

Weekly Casual Painting Group at Chermside

Currently full.

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