Established in 1964, the Ashburton Society of Arts is a long serving and supportive community for local artists. Located at the Short Street Studio, the society promotes the study, practice and cultivation of the visual arts, inspire creativity and encourage production of works of art.

As a member of our society we welcome you to attend our weekend schools, weekly art groups, art trips and untutored painting weekends at various locations. Our famous annual exhibition is hosted every year in June/July, and artists from kindred societies are also welcomed to join. 

The Ashburton Society of Arts also hosts a week long summer school is held in January. Our Short Street Studio premises is available for hire for independent exhibitions.

Discover more about what our society can offer you.

  • Membership Ashburton Society of Arts Studio

The Ashburton Society of Arts is very proud to own its own building at 53 Short Street, Ashburton. This gives us a place to call our own and a venue for all our workshops, meetings and events throughout the year.

We have 2 rooms available to enjoy our art in (or hire out).

  • Membership
Annual Membership $30

Receive newsletters keeping you in touch of all our varied and inspiring activities and events including bus trips and outings, art inspired workshops, meetings, art news, members’ exhibitions, independent exhibitions, along with those activities mentioned below.

Financial year 1 September – 31 August

  • Weekly Painting & Printmaking Group

Wednesdays 10am – 2pm. 

This is for member artists of all levels who want to come and paint/draw/print and be with like minded people, sharing ideas and knowledge. Non-tutored. 

$10 per month, $3 per day casual.

Contact Roz Ledingham on 021 718 633.

  • Mixed Media Groups

Mondays from 10am – 2pm.

This is for member artists of all levels. Come and join an enthusiastic group to create art work using collage, printing and different surface design techniques. We are all discovering new ways of doing our pieces. Everyone can enjoy.

Non tutored. $10 per month or $3 per day.

Contact Rowena on 308 9371 for more details.

  • Workshops

During the months of February to May and July to November the Society arranges various tutors to impart their knowledge to artists. Information on workshops will be in our newsletters.

We also offer a summer school in January.

  • Social Meetings

Social meetings are held monthly (usually on the 4th Monday night) for the purpose of members getting together to exchange ideas, news, share an art video, watch painting demonstrations and listen to speakers. Keep a look out for information in our newsletters.

Everyone welcome – bring a friend.

Contact Ngaio McKee 308 4533 for more details.

  • Cash & Carry Exhibition

The Society holds members exhibitions at Short Street Studio. The summer, autumn, winter and spring cash and carry exhibition for members to apply to enter.

All members welcome, keep a look out for information in our newsletters.

  • Library

We have a good collection of art books and magazines which we are adding to all the time. 

Members are welcome to borrow these for a three week period.

  • Annual Exhibition

Our Annual Exhibition featuring Art, Applied Art & Craft and Photography is usually held during the last three weeks of June and first week of July.

It attracts approximately 500 entries from all over New Zealand. To be eligible, artists must belong to the Ashburton Society of Arts or to a kindred society. 

Artists are allowed to enter two paintings, three miniature paintings plus three applied art & craft entries or 2 photographs if desired. Size restrictions apply to all categories and will be set out on the conditions of entry.

Online entries are available during April/May .

Entries close about the last week of May and works are required to be delivered the Monday/Tuesday of the week before the opening of the exhibition.

If you are a member of a kindred society and wish to enter email your name, address, phone number and name of society you belong to and an entry form and conditions of entry can be mailed on request.

Want to join the ASA?

If you are interested in joining our Society please fill out the online membership form below.

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