Library and archives
You can use the Robert and Barbara Stewart Library and Archives to find out more about the art and artists in Christchurch Art Gallery’s collection. The library has about 10,000 books, 1,200 artist files and thousands of magazines.
The library also has information about the Gallery itself, its predecessor the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, our exhibitions, and publications. We have the records of the Canterbury Society of Arts, The Group, and the personal papers of many other Canterbury artists.
Visit the Library
The library is open by appointment only, but we love having visitors so please call 9417394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a time for a visit.
You can find out what we have by checking the catalogue of Christchurch City Libraries.
We have digitised a lot of publications and you can see these below.
AGMANZ and Te Ara
In partnership with Museums Aotearoa Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, we are pleased to make these issues of the publications of ...
All five issues of the magazine Ascent, published in Christchurch between 1967 and 1969. The editor was Leo Bensemann.
Every issue of our own magazine Bulletin, right back to issue 1, 1979
Canterbury Society of Arts Annual Catalogues
100 years of Canterbury Society of Arts annual exhibition catalogues, 1880 to 1980
Canterbury Society of Arts magazine
The CSA published its first magazine, called the CSA Newsletter, in 1963. The title has changed over the years from Newsletter (1963 - 1965) to News (1965 - ...
Every publication from the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and every out-of-print publication from the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Hay's Art Competition
The catalogues of the three Hay's Art competitions, 1960, 1962 and 1966.
Items from the archives
Digitised items from the archives
New Zealand Crafts and Craft New Zealand
Every issue of New Zealand Crafts (1982-1991) and every issue of its successor Craft New Zealand (1991-1993)
With many thanks to Christchurch City Libraries ...
New Zealand Potter
Every issue of New Zealand Potter magazine (1958-1998), sometimes known as Potter between 1975 and 1993 but most definitely the same periodical. It appeared twice a ...
Other archive inventories
The inventories that list the contents of our archive collections
Robert McDougall Art Gallery education resources
Some late 1990s educational resources
The Group 1927-1977
It appears that no catalogues were issued for the two shows in 1927 while only two pages of the 1931 catalogue have been found. There was no show in 1928,1930, in 1933-1934 (when the New ...
Before Bulletin there was Survey, 17 issues from 1971 to 1978