The Group Catalogues, 1927 — 1977

The Group was an informal art association formed in Christchurch in 1927 by seven ex-students of the Canterbury College of Art. Its main purpose was to provide an alternative exhibition opportunity to the local Canterbury Society of Arts annual show. The Group exhibited annually in Christchurch from 1927 to 1977, quickly gaining a reputation for representing the latest trends in contemporary New Zealand art and attracting artists from around the country, including now well-known artists such as Rita Angus, Colin McCahon, Doris Lusk and Toss Woollaston.

It appears that no catalogues were issued for 1927, 1928 and 1946 while only two pages of the 1931 catalogue have been found. There was no show in 1930, in 1933-1934 (when the New Zealand Society of Artists replaced The Group), 1937, 1939, 1941-1942 and 1944.