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Art Resources


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Shelf help

Subject: Dewey number:
Architecture 720
Art history, 20th century - e.g. Surrealism, Cubism etc. 709.04
Art history, general 709
Drawing 741
Graphic arts
(for more detail, see also the Graphic Arts page)
Handicrafts 745.5
Interior decoration 747
New Zealand art 709.931
New Zealand painters & painting 759.9931
Painters & history of painting, e.g. Monet, Picasso 759
Painting techniques - e.g. oil or watercolour painting 751
Photography 770-779
Sculpture 730
Textiles - e.g. quilting, embroidery etc. 746



Zinio has an increasing variety of arts and photography magazines which customers can borrow on computers, tablets, smartphones and eReaders. Current titles include Art New Zealand, Artists & illustrators and ARTnews.

New Zealand magazines

  • Art New Zealand
    A quarterly magazine, published in Auckland, featuring New Zealand art and artists, reviews of exhibitions and book reviews. The oldest, most dependably long-lasting art magazine we have. Held from 1976 onwards - indexes are also held (reference only 1st & 2nd floors). Also, see the Art New Zealand website
  • Art News New Zealand
    An Auckland-based quarterly arts magazine published in association with the Auckland Society of Arts. Includes articles on individual artists, events nationwide, book reviews, etc. Covers theatre and literature as well as the visual arts. Held from 1993 onwards. Also, see the Art News New Zealand website
  • Artzone
    New Zealand's guide to galleries (quarterly). Held from August 2003 onwards. See also the Artzone website
  • State of the arts - Australia & New Zealand
    A bi-monthly magazine published in Australia which covers art events in both countries. Held from 1998 onwards

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Online databases

  • Index New Zealand
    Describes over half a million magazine and newspaper articles published in New Zealand over the past 25 years, including those on New Zealand art and artists. Index New Zealand is updated daily and approximately 3,000 documents are added monthly. Art New Zealand is just one of the publications indexed on INNZ... (more about Index New Zealand)
  • New Zealand Artists Database
    This index is a guide to material held in Wellington City Libraries on New Zealand artists. At present that means mainly painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed media and installation artists, but as the database is expanded craft artists, jewellers, potters and architects will gradually be included. The aim of the database is to be a useful resource for the general interested reader and students at secondary and tertiary levels... (more about the New Zealand Artists Database)

More databases?

The databases listed on this page are a snapshot of just some of the online resources the library offers on the arts. Visit The Arts on MyGateway.info to browse more.

Useful websites

NZ Galleries & museums

Overseas Galleries & museums



Web directories & search engines


Contact us

This page is written and maintained by library staff. Our aim is to keep you informed about the visual & graphic arts section of the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. We'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - contact us with any feedback @ enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

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