New Colin McCahon print. Can you believe the original painting used to be loaned out by the Christchurch Library?! http://t.co/iV5LQ8VoFV
— New Zealand Prints (@NZPrints) August 8, 2013
It is true. Back in the day, you could borrow Red and black landscape by Colin McCahon from the library. This blows my mind.
Canterbury Public Library had a lending collection of original New Zealand art works for 37 years. The collection was established by then City Librarian Ron O’Reilly who went on to become Director of the New Zealand Library School in Wellington and of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.
Original works of art were bought from 2 May 1955 (The cat by Louise Henderson and Untitled (woman with fabric) by Alison Pickmere) until 4 March 1981 (Oaro & Amuri Bluff by Margaret Rhodes and Things that go bump in the night by Stephanie Sheehan).
In October 2001, 115 paintings were formally gifted to the Christchurch Art Gallery, and more after that.
So have a browse of the Canterbury Public Library collection on the Christchurch Art Gallery website.
- Search the catalogue for the Canterbury Public Library art collection
- View the library collection at Christchurch Art Gallery
- Browse a digitised copy of Library treasures: New Zealand Art Works from the Canterbury Public Library