Art Gallery appointments

The Gallery’s first Deputy Director Viv Beck
New Principal Curator Zara Stanhope
Viv Beck has been appointed as the Auckland Art Gallery's first deputy director and Zara Stanhope will join the Gallery in March 2013 as principal curator.


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki has announced two new appointments to its senior management team: Viv Beck will be the Gallery’s first Deputy Director, while the new position of Principal Curator is to be filled by Zara Stanhope.

Beck, who commences in her role on 10 December, is currently Director of Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Among many managerial achievements, she has held senior general manager positions at New Zealand Post, is a former Chief Executive of Communication Arts, was principal of her own firm V Beck and Associates and was formerly Chair of the Wellington Museums Trust.

"Viv comes to the role with an impressive background in communications and business development, including experience in the commercial, corporate and public sectors," says Gallery Director Chris Saines.

"This breadth of experience has given Viv a unique and hugely valuable insight into how not-for-profit galleries and museums work, over and above the strong commercial and business experience she brings to the role."

New Principal Curator, Zara Stanhope, joins the Gallery in March 2013 following the completion of her PhD thesis on contemporary social art practice in public spaces at the Australian National University, Canberra. Currently based in Melbourne, Stanhope has a distinguished background as an art museum curator, art writer and programme manager.

Concurrent with her present studies, Stanhope chairs the National Exhibitions Touring Service in Victoria (2012-). She is teaching Art Theory at the School of Art, ANU (2012-); a Guest Curator at the Bundanon Trust (2012-); and is an Advisor to RMIT's University School of Art Galleries Board, Melbourne (2010-).

Stanhope is currently working on Arthur Boyd: art and empathy for the Bundanon Trust (2013).

"Zara comes to this new role as a highly qualified and very experienced art museum professional, who I am confident will make a positive impact on our collection development, exhibitions and research activities," says Gallery Director Chris Saines.

Media Release: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

30 Oct 2012

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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