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.

RAWA Readers & Writers Akaroa: Sat 10 & Sun 11 June 2023

Akaroa Community Arts Council, in association with NZ Society of Authors, is hosting the inaugural RAWA Readers and Writers Festival.

Behind open doors: Open Christchurch 2023 Sat 6 & Sun 7 May

Building lovers and architecture fans! Your weekend of exploring the most interesting spaces and places in Christchurch is on 6 and 7 May.

Light in the Darkness: Transforming tragedy through art

An article by Andrew Paul Wood that looks at the how Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace embodies an authentic and artistic process of healing.

Eleanor Catton: Wednesday 24 May 7pm, WORD Christchurch

Great news! Eleanor Catton is coming to Christchurch for a WORD Christchurch event. It's on Wednesday 24 May from 7pm to 8pm at The Piano.

Tūranga: Make Your Own Laser Etching – Open Christchurch

May 7th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Transform your architectural pen and ink drawings into laser etchings using the creative equipment at Tūranga. Bookings required, $10.99.


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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