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Principal Curator and Head of Programmes at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand, where she leads exhibitions, publishing, visitor engagement, learning, outreach, volunteer guides and a public research library. She is a curator, researcher and writer with interests in public and social engagement, among other areas of contemporary art.
Selected exhibitions include: Yang Fudong: Filmscapes, with Ulanda Blair, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2014–15); Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness, Bundanon Trust (touring Australia 2013–16); John Meade: Objects to Live By, Latrobe Regional Gallery (touring Australia, (2010–11); Material Ligero: Five Chilean Artists Travelling Light, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2009); Les Kossatz: The Art of Existence, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2008); The World in Painting, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Chulalongkorn University Art Center, Thailand, Yuchengco Museum, Manila, Hanoi Fine Art Museum and Heide MoMA (2007–08); TRANS VERSA: Artists from Australia and New Zealand, with Danae Mossman, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Galeria Metropolitana, Centro Cultural Matucana, Santiago (2006); We Know Who We Are, Gertrude Contemporary Artist Spaces, Melbourne (2006); Three Colours: Gordon Bennett and Peter Robinson, Heide MoMA and touring (2004–05); This Was the Future: Australian Sculpture of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and Today, Heide MoMA (2003); Slow Release: Recent Photography in New Zealand, Heide MoMA (2002); Fernanda Gomes, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington (2002). She has contributed to numerous catalogues and books including Re-imagining the City: Art, Globalisation and Urban Spaces (Intellect Books, 2013) and was the editor of Engaging Publics | Public Engagement (Auckland Art Gallery, 2015) and Les Kossatz: The Art of Existence (Macmillan, 2008).
Stanhope is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland and holds a PhD from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her institutional roles have included Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2002–08); inaugural Director of the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, (1999–2002) and Assistant Director, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne (1993–99). She is also an advisor for Port Journeys, an international artist exchange network based in Yokohama, Japan. Stanhope is on the boards of Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Auckland, Art Monthly and St PAUL St Gallery, AUT University.