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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Otago Art Society

The Otago Art Society leases convenient gallery accommodation in Princes Street in the heart of the main shopping area. 1876 is given as the foundation date but art exhibitions on an ambitious scale were organised in Dunedin from the sixties. The early history of the society is closely linked with that of the Public Art Gallery Society. In 1922 the two bodies were amalgamated, but since 1930 they have remained completely independent. The history is interestingly unfolded by H. V. Miller in A Century of Art in Otago.

There are three categories of members, artist members, honorary members, and associate members (mostly art students under 21). The annual exhibition caters for works by members and artist members of kindred societies, the Spring Exhibition is for members only and emphasises craft and graphic art. The Annual Festival Exhibition combines members' work with some appropriate special feature.