“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

Serendipitously in the past week I’ve stumbled across two great websites.  The first belongs to Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum in Amsterdam dedicated to arts and history.  What’s exciting?  It’s RIJKS Studio – they’ve put 125,000 high resolution images online.  And they’ve done so with the deliberate desire for us to download, print, and create something new – cool!!  Steal like an artist anyone?

I love the Auckland Art Gallery (2013 World Building of the Year) and when I went online this week to check their opening hours I found a link to Find New Zealand Artists – an information portal that makes it easier to locate information on New Zealand artists past and present (with access to the databases of 12 libraries, published sources and art society records) – cool.  It’ll be super cool when all the information is also online!!


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