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Ms Sophie McIntyre

PhD Candidate

T: ( 02 ) 612 50081


Research School of Humanities & the Arts
College of Arts and Social Sciences


Short biography:

Sophie McIntyre is a curator, art writer and lecturer with a particular interest in contemporary Asian art. After working for more than seventeen years as an art curator and gallery director, she is now completing her PhD. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of identity politics on artistic and exhibitionary practices during the post-martial law period in Taiwan. Sophie has lived in China and Taiwan and curated several art exhibitions from this region that have toured nationally and internationally. These include Penumbra (2007); Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan (2005), Concrete Horizons: Art from China (2004) and Face to Face: Contemporary Art from Taiwan (1999-2000). She has given papers and published extensively on this field in exhibition catalogues, books and journals.

Sophie was employed as a curator and gallery director of two university art museums in Australia and New Zealand, and prior to this time she worked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in other public and commercial galleries in Sydney and Brisbane. She has curated numerous exhibitions of Australian, Pacific and Asian art, several of which have toured nationally and internationally.

Research Interests:

After spending a significant proportion of her life living overseas, and working in the arts, Sophie has developed a strong research interest in identity issues and in cross-cultural artistic and exhibitionary practices which has informed her work as a writer, curator and lecturer. Sophie's Masters dissertation examined the strengthening of political and cultural connections between Australia and Asia during the 1990s. It focused on government cultural policy, and particularly the role played by Asialink in developing and promoting Australia-Asia links through artist and curatorial residencies and exhibitions held in Asia.


Beyond the field of Asian art, Sophie has research interests in the theories and practices of art and curatorship, and of the roles played by art museums, and particularly university art museums, in the research, production, display and marketing of exhibitions.


Current Research Projects:

In 2007, Sophie began her doctoral research which focuses on the complex and shifting interrelationship between politics and art in Taiwan during the period from 1987-2010. Key to this research is an exploration of the ways national and cultural identities have been constructed, invoked, invented, critiqued and satirized in artistic and museological practice in Taiwan. This investigation stems from preliminary research Sophie carried out while living in Taiwan during the 1990s while working as an art writer and curator, and studying Chinese.


Outside this immediate field of research, Sophie also lectures in art theory, curatorship, and photographic theory and practice.



Selected Publications:

Books and Monographs

2009 McIntyre, S. 'A View into Contemporary Art from Taiwan', in Art Island: An Archive of Taiwan Contemporary Artists, Siraya Fei-lan Pai (ed.), Taiwan Contemporary Art Link, Taipei, 2009 (Introductory Essay).

Journal articles

2010 McIntyre, S. 'Navigating 'Austronesia': Contemporary Indigenous Art from Taiwan and the Pacific', Art Monthly Australia, no. 232, Aug. 2010, pp.45-49 (refereed).

2010 McIntyre, S. 'Re-Orienting Taiwan: The China Factor in Contemporary Art from Taiwan', Perspectives- Asian Art Archive, (Guest Contributor).

2009 McIntyre, S. 'China Project, GOMA', Art Monthly Australia, no. 223, Sept. 2009, pp7-10.

2008 McIntyre, S. 'A Space in Time: Reflections on the Development of Contemporary Art in Taiwan', Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol.7, no. 1, Vancouver, Jan. 2008.

2008 McIntyre, S. 'Farewell?: A Review of the Shanghai Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial and the Taipei Biennial', Art Monthly Australia, no. 205, Nov. 2008, pp.24-30.

2000 McIntyre, S. 'Duplicating Memory: Chen Shun0chu's Photo Installations', Art AsiaPacific, vol. 28, 2000, pp.62-65.

1996 McIntyre, S. 'Made in Taiwan: After the Political Art of the 1980s, What for the 1990s?', Art AsiaPacific, vol.28, 2000, pp.62-65.


2008 McIntyre, S. Penumbra: Contemporary Art from Taiwan, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, 2008 (curator and essayist).

2005 McIntyre, S. Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. Co-curated and co-authored with Lee Weng Choy & Eugene Tan, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (ICAS).

2004 Concrete Horizons: Contemporary Art from China, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington (curator and essayist).

1999 McIntyre, S. Face to Face: Contemporary Art from Taiwan, Gold Coast Art Gallery & Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 1999-2000 (curator and essayist).


2008 McIntyre, S. Australian University Art Museums Benchmarking Report - commissioned by Queensland University of Technology on behalf of six university art museums in Australia.


art, museums and curatorial practice, Asian art, identity politics, Taiwan, nationalism, art theory, photography


Sophie is teaching in the School of Art, ANU. She has convened, lectured and tutored in Art Theory ('Theories of the Image'), and is currently lecturing in Photo-media theory.

She has supervised an Honours thesis on Asian art, and has been an assessor of a Masters thesis on Chinese contemporary art.


Selected Conferences and Guest Lectures Presented:

2011 Building Identity: The Making of National Museums and Identity Politics, National Museum of History, Taipei, Nov. 2011.

2011 AAA/IAS International Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

2010 Spatial Cultures and Cultural Spaces in Taiwan, Taiwan Studies International Conference, University of Melbourne, Dec. 2010.

2010 ‘Re-Presenting Contemporary Indigenous Art from Taiwan', Taiwan Studies Postgraduate Symposium, University Of Melbourne, Dec. 2010.

2010 Image of Asia, Australian National University, Apr. 2010.

2008   Art Forum & Curatorial Master Class, Victoria College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne, Aug. 2008.

2008   Asia Pacific Week 2008, ‘China' Forum, Australian National University, Jan. 2008.

2007   Taiwan Culture Today: Culture, Locality and ‘Other Chinas', University of Melbourne, Conference Paper, Nov. 2007.

2008   Penumbra: Contemporary Art from Taiwan - in conversation with the artist, Kuo I Chen, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Mar. 2008.

2005   Rhapsody: The Future of University Museums and Art Galleries in the New Century, University of Tasmania, Keynote Lecture 2005.



Selected Curatorial Projects:

Penumbra: Contemporary Art from Taiwan. Samstag Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts.

Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. Co-curated with Lee Weng Choy (Artistic Co-Director Substation, Singapore) and Dr Eugene Tan (Director ICAS, Singapore). Adam Art Gallery, Wellington and toured to ICAS, Singapore.

The Captain’s Ghost: Three Contemporary Artists from Australia and New Zealand. Adam Art Gallery, Wellington.

Still Present: Exploring Psychiatric Institutions in Photography including works by Chang Chien Chi, Anne Ferran and Johnathon Rotman. Adam Art Gallery, Wellington.

Breaking Ice: Re-Visioning Antarctica. Adam Art Gallery, Wellington. Toured to Southland Museum and Art Gallery 2006.

Play: Performance and Portaiture in Video Art from Australia and New Zealand. Co-Curated with Blair French.Adam Art Gallery, Wellingtonand toured to PICA, Perth 2006.

Concrete Horizons: Contemporary Art from China. Adam Art Gallery, Wellington.

Tatau: Pe’a – Photography by Mark Adams & Measina Samoa: Lisa Taouma. Co-curator Peter Brunt. Adam Art Gallery, Wellington and toured five venues in Australia and New Zealand.

Kainga Tahi Kainga Rua: New Work by Brett Graham. Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Transit Narratives: 30 Artists from Australia (Exhibition Touring Co-ordinator). Dell Gallery Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane and toured to two venues in northern Italy.

Place/Displace. Dell Gallery, Brisbane (inaugural exhibition at Griffith University’s new Dell Gallery, South Bank campus).

Fiona Foley: New Work. QCA Gallery, Brisbane.

Face to Face: Contemporary Art from Taiwan. Gold Coast Art Gallery. Toured to six venues in Australia and New Zealand. Co-organised by Gold Coast Art Gallery & Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

Great Wall: five Chinese-Australian artists. Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane.


Professional societies:

Selected Scholarships/ Awards Received:

2009 Research Fellowship, Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship

2007 Kuang Fong Cultural Research and Development Program - Research Grant, Lingnan University, Hong Kong and Australian National University

1998 Curatorial Residency - Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Endowment for Culture and the Arts, Taiwan

1997 Travel Fellowship, Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities

1995 The Inaugural Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Asia Fellowship, University of Melbourne & Asialink

1995 Chinese Mandarin Language Study Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan


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