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

Autumn Exhibition 2018 - Coming Soon!!!!!!!
posted: 13 February 2018

AN INVITATION will be coming soon to members to enter artwork at the Watercolour Society of Queensland AUTUMN EXHIBITION,  Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th APRIL, 2018 to be held at the Auditorium, Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong.  
A great opportunity to have some of your recent works on show to the public and WSQ members alike. There will be four categories this year. Traditional, Innovative water-media, Unframed / matted works and Miniatures. 
So get involved. These events together with the paintings our members exhibit are a reflection of the Society's energy and vibrancy. The level of public support at our events is growing steadily and is becoming a true barometer of the Society's value to its members, the broader arts community and the public at large.
Exhibiting your artwork might be the best thing you do this year. Make 2018 a year of action!! Represent yourself and sell your works. Tap into a new and evolving customer base and network with like minded people.
So - keep an eye on the Exhibitions page for updates and get yourself registered to the WSQ - Autumn Exhibition of 2018!!!

Fabriano in Acquarello
posted: 13 February 2018

We would like to again take the opportunity to congratulate the following members on being selected as finalists for the Fabriano in Acquarello watercolour exhibition in Fabriano, Italy in May this year.
Congratulations to: Wynetha Vogel, Graham W Smith, Szczepan Urbanowicz, Cynthia Stewart, Tony Walker, Maria Field and Yasaman Dehghan
The images of their fabulous submissions are now available to view on online here:  https://www.fishlanestudios.com/artists/the-australian-finalists-fabrianoinacquarello-2018-italy-have-been-announced/

Annual Exhibition - 01-03 September 2017
posted: 04 September 2017

Lots of "as it happened" coverage on the WSQ Facebook Page however we will progressively update this website with all the important details from the event.

First Prize - Traditional Category

Congratulations to Hettie Rowley who won First Prize - Traditional Category for her wonderful portrait painting titled 'Sheila'. 

Second Prize - Traditional Category

Congratulations to Szczepan Urbanowicz who won Second Prize - Traditional Category for his wonderful painting titled 'Japanese Garden - Mt Coot-tha'.

Third Prize - Traditional Category

Congratulations to Natasha Hodgson who won Third Prize - Traditional Category for her wonderful painting titled 'Colourful Rooster'.

People's Choice Award

Congratulations to Natasha Hodgson who won the People's Choice Award at the Annual Exhibition for her wonderful painting titled 'Another Bad Hair Day'. 

Annual Exhibition of Watercolours  1-3 September 2017
(Entry Form Closing date - Wed. 16 August 2017)
posted: 26 July 2017

This is a call to all members that the Annual Exhibition of Watercolours 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. 

Annual 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: Wednesday 16th August
Drop date: Thursday 31st August from 8.30am to noon.
Exhibition date: Fri. 1st - Sun. 3rd September | 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Collection date: Sun. 3rd September | 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 Annual Exhibition. 


Next Meeting 

General Meeting

25 March 2018 @ 1.00 pm (Ashgrove Library)

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.