With a focus on physical connection and community space, Melbourne Art Library does not currently collect electronic resources or subscribe to digital databases. There's so many great resources and online communities already on the web, that we've decided to instead upkeep a list of online sources which are free to access.
4A Papers: http://www.4a.com.au/4a-papers/
An online publishing platform including critical essays, historical analyses and experimental articulations of contemporary art and culture in the Asia-Pacific region.
A&A Online Archive 2016-2019: https://www.artandaustralia.com/online
Articles published on A&A online from 2016-2019, including reviews, interviews, critical provocations, and more experimental forms of writing.
All Conference Library: https://allconference.org.au/library
An expanding collection of critical texts relating to artist run spaces and artist labour.
Architects of South Australia: https://www.architectsdatabase.unisa.edu.au
A database of material about the professional lives and contribution of a selection of South Australian architects from 1836 to the present day.
ARI Remix: https://remix.org.au
A collaborative living archive of Australian artist-run initiatives (ARIs), including digitised records, ephemera, and new interviews.
Art 21: https://art21.org
Documentaries and articles on global contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on sharing artists' voices.
Art F City: http://artfcity.com
A blog and moderated public forum presenting a mix of criticism, commentary and journalism interrogating art and related activist action.
Rhizome’s archive of more than 2000 born-digital artworks, founding in 1999.
Art Terms, Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms
Tate’s online glossary of art terminology, containing definitions with illustrations of over 400 terms including artist groups, art movements, techniques, and media.
The Australia Art Sales Digest: https://www.aasd.com.au
Art market information for Australian and New Zealand forthcoming auctions, past auction results from 1969 to the present, market statistics, news and opinion.
Australian Prints and Printmaking: http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au
A database of resources pertaining to prints and printmaking in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, including 54,000+ works and 26,000+ images across 3000+ galleries.
Bus Projects Library: https://busprojects.org.au/library
A collection of catalogue essays for exhibitions at Bus Projects.
Buxton Contemporary Publications: https://buxtoncontemporary.com/current-exhibition/catalogues/
Digital versions of Buxton Contemporary exhibition catalogues.
C Mag: https://cmagazine.com/issues
Digital issues of Canadian art theory and criticism magazine, C Mag. While discussion is mostly specific to Canadian art, the themes discussed have global implications.
CABIN FEVER: Coping with COVID-19 playlist of online experimental films & videos: http://www.katemakesfilms.com/cabinfever/
A partly curated, partly crowd-sourced list of online experimental video work.
Website for the peak arts body for Central Australian Aboriginal Arts and Craft centres, providing links to member arts centres and other resources.
Design & Art Australia Online: https://www.daao.org.au
A growing database and e-research tool that presents biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
An open access digital repository of Canadian contemporary art publications (including born digital publications), as supplied by authors, artists, and organisations. All are free to download.
A publishing platform concerned with critical discourse surrounding contemporary art, culture, and theory. Includes an online journal, news, reviews, and more.
Federal Office of the Arts: https://www.arts.gov.au
Online gateway to the Federal Office of the Arts, including information on programs and grants.
First Look: New Art Online: https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/online
A series of innovative online projects and new commissions, including web-based works and VR projects. A collaboration between Rhizome and the New Museum.
Guggenheim Digitised Library: https://archive.org/details/guggenheimmuseum
Over 200 digitised books and exhibition catalogues published by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/
An interactive timeline which pairs essays and chronologies with works of art from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A site for round-the-clock art world news, commentary, and reviews.
Indigenous Art Code: https://indigenousartcode.org
The Indigenous Art Code establishes standards between dealers and artists to ensure the fair and ethical trading in Indigenous art.
Institute of Modern Art 40th Anniversary Online Archive: http://40years.ima.org.au
An introduction to the history of the Institute of Modern Art, as told though archival photographs and interviews with past directors.
Kaldor Public Art Projects Digital Archive: https://archive.kaldorartprojects.org.au
The digitised 50-year archive of Kaldor Public Art Projects, which spans 36 projects.
Memo Review: https://memoreview.net
Melbourne’s only weekly source of art criticism. Reviews are published every Saturday.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast: https://manpodcast.com
A weekly podcast where artists, art historians, and authors discuss their work.
MoMA Exhibition History: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history
Documentation of all exhibitions at MoMA from its founding in 1929, including digitised catalogues, publications, and associated ephemera.
An international art criticism platform, with feature articles, reviews, and a podcast.
Net Art Anthology: https://anthology.rhizome.org
Another Rhizome initiative; an online exhibition charting the history of net art through 100 select art works.
Essays, interviews, and recorded seminars on international modern and contemporary art, by MoMA staff.
Runway Journal: http://runway.org.au
An Australian online journal which makes use of the digital platform to present experimental digital and video work.
TRACEY Journal: https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/TRACEY/index
An international peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to the discussion of contemporary drawing and visualisation, published by Loughborough University.
un Projects: http://unprojects.org.au
Online access to past issues of un Magazine, as well as un Extended, which includes reviews and podcasts. Critical contemporary art discourse. Based in Melbourne.
UTS Gallery Publications: https://art.uts.edu.au/index.php/about/uts-gallery/publications/
Digital versions of publications to accompany UTS Gallery exhibitions
Web Gallery of Art: https://www.wga.hu
A searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries), currently containing over 49,500 reproductions.
Warnambool Art Gallery Publications: http://www.thewag.com.au/publications
PDF versions of Warnambool Art Gallery exhibition catalogues.