Arts and culture

Arts and Culture

Explore our resources on arts and culture.

Arts and Culture


Explore Christchurch architects, local architectural landmarks, digitised building plans of historical buildings and more.

Crafts and Collecting

Explore resources to improve your craft skills. If you enjoy collecting, we have guidebooks, catalogues and online resources to help.

Games and gaming

Take a leap into a universe of gaming - PlayStation, table football or board games.


Explore the world of poetry, including poetry from New Zealand, with lyrical library resources.

Public art in Christchurch

Learn more about public art in Christchurch. SCAPE Public Art Season 2022 is on from 5 November 2022 to 29 January 2023.

Movies and TV

Movies, indie documentaries, or binge-worthy dramas. Stream them for free. Or read about your favourite films, directors, and actors.

Māori arts and music

Explore traditional and contemporary Māori arts and music.

Pūoro - Music

Listen online, research, or make music of your own at the library.

Waka toi – Contemporary Māori art

This page highlights established and up and coming contemporary Māori artists working in different media.

Toi Māori – Traditional Māori art

Resources about traditional Māori arts such as whakairo (carving) and raranga (weaving).


Resources for people who want to improve their writing and / or get published.

Biketober Sketch @ Tūranga

Oct 15th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
To get your creative gears in tune we'll have some classic bikes on display or wheel yourself away wherever your imagination takes you.

Te Hokinga a mai… Te Rā – the Māori Sail

"Undoubtedly the biggest question on everyone’s lips is where does Te Rā come from and who made it? ... I feel Te Rā belongs to all of us."

Come Write-In for NaNoWriMo at Tūranga, part of a series

Visit our drop-in spaces for NaNoWriMo and join other writers to take up the challenge.


Our art resources include pages on local artists and information on how to locate art resources. We have pages on Māori art and public art.

Bill Elderton shares a page with Richard and Justine McKeogh
Bill Elderton shares a page with Richard and Justine McKeogh. Flickr CCL-Star-526

Books and reading

We link you to the best books. Recommended reading, literary prizes, and information on book festivals and events.


Links and resources for those interested in dance - where to find dance classes, performances and events, and online resources.


Resources for the dedicated follower of fashion – books, magazines and web sites on the elements of style. Our New Zealand fashion page has information on Kiwi fashion and designers.


Explore poetry-related resources and organisations. We show you how to find poetry in our collection, as well as resources on how to write and get it published.


Find out some famous Christchurch photographers, and explore our resources for photographers and those interested in looking at photos.

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