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Useful links for creative spaces

This page contains a list of useful links to organisations, publications, promotional opportunities and other resources. For information and ideas about funding options, visit Where to go for funding

Organisations and networks

Artists’ Alliance

Artists' Alliance is a national membership-based organisation representing the professional interests of New Zealand visual artists. In a Q & A insight called Artists Alliance and the market, Executive Director Maggie Gresson talks about creative space artists; how to market and price their work; and what resources Artists Alliance can provide. PDF icon Download Artists Alliance and the market.


Working for communities, Exult offers practical resources (free or at low cost) such as workshops, training courses, event management, marketing, networking and fundraising tools.

Freecycle Network

The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about re-use and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box on the Freecycle homepage or by clicking on “Browse Groups” in its menu bar. There are more than 40 groups in New Zealand – from Invercargill, Gore and Wanaka through to Auckland, Whangarei and Kaipara. 

Information and publications

Community Development Resource Kit

The Community Development Resource Kit is a comprehensive tool kit for community workers and other people working alongside community organisations. It covers the processes and information needed to set up and run community projects and groups.This information was updated on 17 October 2006 and is now permanently located on the CommunityNet Aotearoa website

Department of Internal Affairs

This community development page includes information about community-led development, and a list of publications and research reports.

Like Minds, Like Mine

Like Minds, Like Mine is a national programme funded by the Ministry of Health to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. This site explores views on madness, mental distress and mental illness. There is also an Information Service. 

Making the most of Facebook

Making the most of Facebook: a guide for community arts organisations is a practical tool for non-profit organisations starting to use Facebook – or already on Facebook but wanting to build an audience. It offers straightforward and practical tips on what to post on your Facebook page, it gives ideas for content, links to helpful online tools, and answer the question that’s on every page administrator’s mind: “How to build my audience?”.

Something Brilliant

This site has free downloadable resources, designed to make the arts, and the delivery of arts projects, accessible to everyone. It includes ideas for art activities, evidence and impact of artmaking on artists and communities, and evaluation. Something Brilliant is produced by UK organisation Thames Valley Partnership – its contribution to helping spread the word about using the arts with vulnerable groups.

Promotional opportunities

The Big Idea

This online community for New Zealand arts and artists features art news, arts jobs, and other work and income opportunities. You can create your own profile and upload content about what you do and the artists you work with.


A New Zealand independent news publication, Scoop says it is respected widely in political, business and academic circles, with a readership of high-value, professionals with a social and environmental conscience. Its policy on the publication of press release and associated material is simple. "If it's a press release issued in New Zealand, is legible, legal, sane, not hateful and not defamatory we will most probably publish it."

Scoop is a great way to promote what you do to a wide readership. Send all news and press releases to be published to





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