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

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'. 

THECA Art Show - 21-22 October 2017
(Entry open/close details via Theca website www.theca.asn.au)
posted: 03 August 2017


THECA will host its inaugural Art Show on 21-22 October, 2017, with a theme focusing on Australian native flora and fauna.  Artists are invited to participate, and, using their favourite media (watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media, drawing), create art work that illustrates the enormous diversity of animals, plants and natural environments that surround our communities.  What better way to advance THECA’s aims than to encourage the artistic expression and appreciation of the incredible beauty of our Australian native animals, plants, and wild places, and to support our many local artists?!

M.A.G.E  Mythical Art Group Exhibition 16-26 August 2017
(Applications close 5th August 2017)
posted: 31 July 2017


More information regarding application is available by emailing Irene Mengel on info@aspiregallery.com.au or by phone on (07)33681514

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. 

Social Afternoon | Sunday 20 August @ 1.30 pm at The Hub | $5
posted: 07 June 2017

"try the wide range of watercolour papers now distributed by JASCO - who distribute Winsor and Newton products in Australia and has recently taken on the distribution of Arches paper as well as Fabriano. BYO a brush and some paint so you can review the differences in the papers."

Do come and join us for afternoon tea, meet and catch up with other members and generally enjoy all things "watercolour".

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.


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.