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A Business Luncheon with Rhana Devenport, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia 

Rhana Devenport ONZM is a museum director, curator, editor and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennales and arts festivals. She is currently Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, and was Director, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki, New Zealand from 2013-2018.

Rhana was curator of Lisa Reihana: Emissaries, the New Zealand Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia in 2017. Her curatorial interests include contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media, social practice and international collaboration. She has developed projects with Brook Andrew, Jonathon Jones, Fiona Hall, Nam June Paik, Lee Mingwei, Yang Fudong, Nalini Malani, Yin Xiuzhen, Song Dong, and Julian Rosefeldt.

She was Director of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand (2006-2013) where she led the Len Lye Centre project; Manager of Public Programmes, Biennale of Sydney (2005-2006); Curator in Residence, Artspace NZ, Auckland (2005); Visual Arts Manager, Sydney Festival (2004); and Senior Project Officer, Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (1994-2004).

In 2018 Rhana was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her ‘Services to Arts Governance’.

Photography by Gainsborough

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