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 library@christchurchartgallery.org.nz 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. 

Print Archive

AGMANZ and Te Ara
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 ...

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Ascent
Ascent

All five issues of the magazine Ascent, published in Christchurch between 1967 and 1969. The editor was Leo Bensemann.

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Bulletin Magazine
Bulletin Magazine

Every issue of our own magazine Bulletin, right back to issue 1, 1979

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Canterbury Society of Arts Annual Catalogues
Canterbury Society of Arts Annual Catalogues

100 years of Canterbury Society of Arts annual exhibition catalogues, 1880 to 1980

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Canterbury Society of Arts magazine
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 - ...

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Digitised publications
Digitised publications

Every publication from the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and every out-of-print publication from the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

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Exhibition Tours
Exhibition Tours

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Hay's Art Competition
Hay's Art Competition

The catalogues of the three Hay's Art competitions, 1960, 1962 and 1966.

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Items from the archives
Items from the archives

Digitised items from the archives

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New Zealand Potter
New Zealand Potter

New Zealand Potter magazine (1958-1973), which became Potter (1975-1993) and then New Zealand Potter again (1994-1998).

We will be adding all ...

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Other archive inventories
Other archive inventories

The inventories that list the contents of our archive collections

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Robert McDougall Art Gallery education resources
Robert McDougall Art Gallery education resources

Some late 1990s educational resources

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The Group 1927-1977
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 ...

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The Survey
The Survey

Before Bulletin there was Survey, 17 issues from 1971 to 1978

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