As a curator practising within institutions and independently Zara Stanhope focuses on expanding engagement with contemporary art across the Global South. She is currently the Lead Curator for Post hoc by Dane Mitchell, New Zealand’s pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.
Currently Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art at Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Stanhope is the lead curator on the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) for 2021 and led the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial in 2018. Other recently curated exhibitions and collaborations include Dane Mitchell’s Iris, Iris, Iris (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand, 2017–18, co-curator Mami Kataoka); Ann Shelton: Dark Matter (Auckland Art Gallery 2016–17); Out of Office, Public Share collective, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne 2017); Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America (Auckland Art Gallery, 2016, co-curator Beatriz Bustos); Yang Fudong: Filmscapes (Centre for the Moving Image and Auckland Art Gallery, 2014–15, co-curator Ulanda Blair), and TransVersa: Artists from Australia and New Zealand (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile, 2006, co-curator Danae Mossman).
Stanhope is commissioning editor of and has contributor to: Ann Shelton: Dark Matter, Auckland Art Gallery (2016); The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand, co-edited with Ngahiraka Mason, Auckland University Press and Auckland Art Gallery (2016); and collected symposium papers Artmatter 01: Engaging Publics/Public Engagement, Auckland Art Gallery and AUT University, 2014 and Artmatter 2: Agency and Aesthetics, co-edited with Ann Shelton, Auckland Art Gallery and Massey University (2018). Her other recent publications include: ‘Living in These Times’ in Gregor Kregar, Gow Langsford Gallery and Gregor Kregar, Auckland (2018); ‘Everything Now’ in Us V Them: Tony de Lautour, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (2018); ‘We Journey on through These Rough Waters’ in APT9, Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (2018), Found in Translation (for Richard Maloy: Things I Have Seen) Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo (2017). She is a regular contributor to art magazines and journals, recently publishing: ‘Curating APT9: Staying with the Questions’, Art Monthly Australasia, iss 313, Summer 2018–19: 34–39 and ‘Home Truths: The Politics of Debility in Recent Projects by Shannon Novak’, Art New Zealand, iss 68, Summer 2018–19: 62–65.
Institutional roles Stanhope has held include: Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia (2002−08); inaugural Director of Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1999–2002); and Assistant Director, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (1993–99). She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland and at RMIT University, Melbourne, and holds a PhD from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra which focused on the international development of socially engaged art practices.