New Zealand arts resources

New Zealand arts resources: New Zealand art critics, jobs, agents, residences, organizations, audio interviews, directories, databases; a guide to websites


The ADA Network enables communication between artists, curators, teachers, critics, theorists, writers and the interested public. ADA develops public understanding of digital art through its online forum, through publications and exhibitions, and by touring speakers, holding master classes and symposia.

Agents/artist agents *

Jane Sanders, art agent.
Exhibiting paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, installation and performance, Jane Sanders Art Agent has represented a group of New Zealand’s leading established artists since 1998.


Archives New Zealand. Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Current and archived online exhibitions and information regarding holdings of the Archives and how to access them.

Art events, a calendar from The Big Idea

Artist residences, communities, societies *

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Artist in Residence programme.

Nelson live-in artist communities.

New Pacific Studio, Masterton

McCahon Arts Residency

Arts Online
Arts Online is an online community with teaching resources for dance, drama,visual arts, art history, music and drama teachers in primary and secondary schools. Arts Online is the key professional resource for all arts educators in New Zealand.

Auckland Watercolour Society
The Auckland Watercolour Society is an incorporated society with the purpose to promote water colour painting as an art form amongst Aucklanders. Membership is open so they will be showing artists beyond Auckland. 

Greg Whitecliffe Memorial Charitable Trust
The aim of the trust is to provide life-transforming educational experiences in arts, design and crafts through practice, research, and teaching, one which enriches the local surroundings and helps to shape culture through the practice. The Trust builds on excellence, innovation and a commitment to creative practices while still engaging the community and supporting others to succeed.


Art criticism, art critics, curators *

ArtForum Adam Art Gallery
Melissa Chiu – Director, Gallery 4A at the Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney Wystan Curnow – Writer, academic and cultural commentator Juliana Engberg – Melbourne-based curator and writer Jim Vivieaere – Artist/curator Ruth Watson – Artist.

Art New Zealand Journal

Eye Contact
A forum built to encourage art reviews and critical discussion about the visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. Edited by John Hurrell.

Essays and interviews on New Zealand art and writing
by prominent New Zealand writers, reviewers and critics. New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre

Cultural Icons
The Depot’s Cultural Icons project in Devonport, Auckland, celebrates people who have contributed significantly to New Zealand’s creative landscape. It is a series of recorded interviews and programmes whose aim is to share the histories, stories and experiences of some of our most significant visual artists, architects, publishers, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians, arts commentators and philanthropists.

Art Critics *

Brenna, Stella. Stella Brennan, 
digital artist and writer for  Art New Zealand.

Wystan Curnow, Wikipedia entry.
Wystan Curnow is a New Zealand art critic, poet, academic, arts administrator,and independent curator.

High Culture Now! A Manifesto (for Hesketh Henry),
by Wystan Curnow. Electronic Poetry Centre

Art history *

See: New Zealand art history websites


The Big Idea
Jobs and careers in the New Zealand arts and culture industries. An online community. A database of jobs, CVs and artist portfolios. 

Conservation, restoration *

New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials
The New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pu Manaaki Kahurangi Incorporated (NZCCM ) is an association of professional conservators of cultural property employed in public museums, art galleries, libraries and in private practice.

A searchable directory of New Zealand conservators of cultural materials.

Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand)  Conservation Department

Creative New Zealand/Arts Council of New Zealand. 


Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).  


Jobs/arts jobs in New Zealand *

Jobs in the New Zealand arts community. The Big Idea
Jobs and careers in the New Zealand arts and culture industries. An online community. A database of jobs, CVs and artist portfolios.


Talent Online, a New Zealand talent database.

Te Papa,Wellington (The National Museum)