29.05.22, The Group

By May 5, 2022Uncategorized

The catalogue for our forthcoming auction The Group is now available to view online.

This catalogue presents a fascinating collection of artworks by members of The Group. As an informal affiliation of individual artists, The Group exhibited annually together in Christchurch from 1927 – 1977. Against the grain of established art societies, The Group was a grassroots artist run initiative. Together, members produced works and hung their own exhibitions. In doing so, they changed the art exhibition scene and increased access to the arts in Aotearoa.

Membership of this nationally significant association varied over the course of its activity, making for an incredible list of participants. This included some of New Zealand’s most highly regarded artists, such as Olivia Spencer Bower, Toss Woollaston, Robert Nettleton Field, Rata Lovell-Smith, Louise Henderson, Rita Angus, Leo Bensemann, Tony Fomison, Colin McCahon, Doris Lusk, Douglas MacDiarmid, Evelyn Page, John Drawbridge, Christopher Perkins, Ralph Hotere, and many others.

The collection will be previewed in both Wellington and Auckland before the live auction in our Mount Eden gallery on Sunday 29 May.

If you have any queries about the catalogue, please contact our specialist team. We would love to hear from you.

Catalogue Online

Live Auction
Sunday 29 May / 2pm

Charles Ninow
Director of Art
+64 21 053 6504

Adrienne (AD) Schierning
Head of Art
+64 27 929 5609

Carey Young
Specialist, Art
+64 21 368 348

David Maskill
Specialist, Art
+64 27 256 0900


Wellington Preview Evening
Wednesday 11 May / 6pm – 8pm

Wellington Floor Talk with David Maskill
Tuesday 17 May / 5.30pm

Wellington Viewing 
Thursday 12 – Friday 13 May / 9am – 5.3opm
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 May / 11am – 3pm
Monday 16 – Friday 20 May / 9am – 5.3opm
Saturday 21 May / 11am – 3pm

Auckland Preview Evening
Tuesday 24 May / 6pm – 8pm

Auckland Floor Talk with David Maskill
Saturday 28 May / 2pm

Auckland Viewing
Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 May / 10am – 5pm
Saturday 28 May / 10am – 4pm
Sunday 29 May / 10am – 2pm

Live Auction, Auckland
Sunday 29 May / 2pm

The Group Video Content

Bidding Information


To bid at any of our auctions you must register for the specific auction – Click REGISTER within the sale catalogue and this will take you to our terms and conditions for bidding at auction. You can also register by contacting the Webb’s team at auctions@webbs.co.nz or by calling 09 529 5600.

Bidding Online

Bidding online at a LIVE auction with start when the auction starts – when we begin the auction you will see the words LIVE SALE appear at the top of the auction catalogue page on our website– if you click on this title you will be directed through to live video and audio of the auctioneer. You will see the asking bid listed – to place you bid you simply hit bid and confirm the value of your bid.

Phone Bidding

If you prefer to bid over the phone we will allocate you a specialist to assist. Simply email auction@webbs.co.nz stating your full name, and phone number (a backup number is a great idea if you have one) and the Lot number/s of the work/s you wish to bid on. Alternately call 09 529 5600 and our friendly team will assist.

Absentee Bids

This is a cover bid – if you know the top limit of your bidding on a lot – our auctioneer will be happy to bid on your behalf up to but not above the amount. Absentee bids can easily be placed online here, or again email auction@webbs.co.nz or call our friendly team on 09 5295600 for assistance.


If you have any questions about bidding with Webb’s we are always happy to assist, for general assistance email auction@webbs.co.nz or call our friendly team on 09 5295600. IF you have specific questions about the artworks in a sale please get in touch with our specialists.

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