Browse Canterbury’s art past online

CoverSome of the nooks and crannies of Canterbury’s art history are being digitised, and one of the most recent projects is Canterbury Society of Arts newsletter, which is now available online.

A quick glance through early issues reveals the wide range of people who were passionately supportive of the CSA. The diversity of advertisements placed bear this out – alongside picture framers, auctioneers and art dealers, you’ll find power tool companies, second-hand car dealers and dry cleaning services.

The newsletter details local exhibitions, obituaries and reviews as well as general articles on art related subjects such as technique, legal matters and criticism. It’s especially strong on craft and pottery which was an important area of activity for the CSA.

The result of a collaboration with Christchurch Art Gallery librarian, Tim Jones, Warren Feeney, director of the COCA gallery and Paul Sutherland of Christchurch City Libraries, the archive offers an intriguing insight into the local arts landscape from the first issue in April 1963 to Issue 160, September 1991.

Christchurch Art Gallery has plans to digitize the remaining issues though to No 201, April 1996, with some of these being supplied by the MacMillan Brown library. Note that the title has changed over the years from Newsletter (1963 – 1965) to News (1965 – 1987), and finally to Preview (1987 – 1991).

Gillian Roncelli
Info Centre

Reference Update 2010 February

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