The locally produced index began life as two separate card-index files in the 1960s when the difficulty of finding material on local art and artists was first identified. Over time, these physical indexes were migrated to digital platforms and eventually merged into a single database in 2008.
There’s now been a significant redesign of the INZART site, improving usability and discovery through a fresh and intuitive interface.
All search results provide full bibliographic details for locating articles and also include detailed subject indexing and abstracts; and PDF press cuttings from newspapers are available to University members. New content is being added weekly.
The new home page features artwork from the University’s art collection. Links from these images return INZART results for the artist and display artwork details from the University Art Collection database.
Despite its long existence, INZART’s primary purpose is still relevant today: locating written information on many aspects of contemporary or historical New Zealand art remains a challenging process – now made easier with INZART’s new and updated platform.
Is INZART useful to your research? Are you finding it easy to use? Your INZART feedback will help us further improve this great resource.
William Hamill, Fine Arts Library