Dr Zara Stanhope

Stanhope, Dr Zara

As a curator practising within institutions and independently Zara Stanhope focuses on expanding engagement with contemporary art across the Global South. 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. She was the Lead Curator for Dane Mitchell’s Post hoc, New Zealand at Venice at the 57th La Biennale di Venezia. Other recently curated exhibitions and collaborations include Dane Mitchell: 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); and Yang Fudong: Filmscapes (Centre for the Moving Image and Auckland Art Gallery, 2014–15, co-curator Ulanda Blair). She co-curated the project TransVersa: Artists from Australia and New Zealand in Santiago, Chile, 2006, with co-curator Danae Mossman.


Stanhope, Z. and Sharp, C. eds. Dane Mitchell: Post hoc, Mousse Publishing, on the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale de Venezia, 2019

Stanhope, Z. ed. Agency and Aesthetics, Artmatter 2, Auckland Art Gallery and Massey University, 2018.

Monographic essays

Stanhope, Z. 'Living in these times, Gregor Kregar, Gow Langsford Gallery and Gregor Kregar, Auckland, monograph, 2018.

Stanhope, Z. ‘Everything Now’, US V THEM: Tony de Lautor, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, monograph, 2018.

Exhibition catalogues

Stanhope, Z. ‘A window onto the world’, in Contemporary Art from Australia, Asia and the Pacific: Selected works from QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial, Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile, 2019, pp.21–35.

Stanhope, Z. and Borrell, N. ‘Areta Wilkinson’ in Areta Wilkinson, Moa-Hunter Fashions, Christchurch, 2019.

Stanhope, Z. ‘We journey on through these rough waters’, APT9, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, 2018, pp. 195–201.

Stanhope, Z. ‘Dare to Believe’, Project 024: Dane Mitchell: Iris Iris, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2018, pp 38–47.

Stanhope, Z. Found in Translation. Richard Maloy Things I Have Seen, Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo, 2017.

Art journals and magazines

Stanhope, Z. ‘An abundance of loss’, Contemporary Hum, 2019, www.contemporaryhum.com/zara-stanhope-on-dane-mitchell

Stanhope, Z. ‘Curating APT9: Staying with the questions’, Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 313, Summer 2018-19, pp. 34-39.

Stanhope, Z. ‘Home Truths: The politics of debility in recent projects by Shannon Novak’, Art New Zealand, Issue 68, Summer 2018–19, pp. 62–65.

Stanhope, Z. ‘Facing the Future, Local, Global and Pacific Possibilities, MA 16 Conference’, Museums Aotearoa Quarterly, November 2015.

Stanhope, Z. Barton, C. & Leach, M. ‘One Shining Gum/Sava Brillante’ in The Dendromanic, Enjoy Occasional Journal, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, vol 3, 2015, journal.enjoy.org.nz/the dendromanica/one-shining-gum-savia-brillante