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Dr Sophie McIntyre
BCI Coordinator
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
Foundation Units
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
Academic Programs and Services
Discipline *
Visual Arts and Crafts, Curatorial and Related Studies, Art Theory and Criticism
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PhD (Australian National University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Asian Studies Association of Australia


visual art and culture, Asia-Pacific, museums, curatorship, identity politics, cultural policy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Sophie McIntyre is the Course Coordinator and lectures into the Bachelor of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology. She is an active researcher and curator specialising in the visual arts and museological practice in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region, with expertise in Greater China (mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong). She has published nationally and internationally in peer-reviewed journals, books, anthologies and catalogues, and her monograph, Imagining Taiwan: the Role of Art in Taiwan’s Quest for Identity was recently published by Brill (2018, Netherlands). Dr McIntyre received her PhD (by thesis) from the Australian National University (Research School for the Humanities and the Arts), and she completed her Masters (by coursework) at the University of New South Wales in arts management and curatorship. She also did a Masters of Philosophy at the University of Sydney (Power Institute). Sophie has coordinated courses, lectured and held fellowships in universities in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. She has lived in Taiwan and mainland China, and studied Mandarin.

Sophie McIntyre’s research areas encompass the visual arts, curatorship, and museological practice with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region; as well as community engagement and cultural advocacy for refugee and migrant groups in Australia. She has taught and published widely on issues of identity, migration, indigeneity, agency, globalisation, cultural diplomacy and soft power.

In addition to these academic roles, Sophie has more than 20 years experience working in galleries and museums (as a director, curator and educator) in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, mainland China, and Taiwan. She has curated more than 30 exhibitions, several of which have toured nationally and internationally. These include: Intertextuality: works by Hang Chunhui (Asia Art Center, Beijing and Taipei, 2018-19); Ink Remix: contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (toured Canberra Museum and Gallery; Bendigo Art Gallery; UNSW Galleries; and Museum of Brisbane 2016-17); Penumbra: New Media Art from Taiwan (Samstag Museum of Art & Centre for Contemporary Photography); Islanded: contemporary art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan (co-curated with Lee Weng Choy and Eugene Tan) (toured Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington & Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2006-07); Concrete Horizons: contemporary art from China (Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2004).

Sophie was a co-founder of the non-for-profit arts organization, Dihedron, established in Brisbane in 1991. It was one of Australia’s first arts organisations that supported artists and artworkers from a culturally diverse background (especially refugees and recent migrants in Australia) through programs and activities, including publications, exhibitions, community and educational programs. She has also worked as a consultant for government and private arts organisations, and she is an authorised consultant for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.



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At QUT, Dr Sophie McIntyre is the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Industries. She is also the Unit Coordinator and Lecturer in the Studio Enterprise 2 unit in the Bachelor of Creative Industries.

Prior to joining QUT in 2018, Dr Sophie McIntyre was teaching at the University of Queensland in the Masters of Museum Studies. She was also a lecturer at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney where she taught and coordinated courses in:

  • Modern and Contemporary Asian art;
  • Museum Studies & Curatorial Practice;
  • Australian Contemporary Art;
  • Photography (history & theory);
  • Theories of the Image;
  • Points of View: Independent Creative Art & Media Practice

Sophie has also been a Visiting Professor and lectured in Taipei, Hong Kong, and London teaching short courses in Critical and Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art (National Taipei University of Education); Contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region (Lingnan University); and in the Taiwan Studies Program (SOAS, University of London & Nottingham University).

This information has been contributed by Dr Sophie McIntyre.


Academic and Community Service

  • Reviewer of Q1 and Peer-reviewed Journals: Third Text; International Journal of Taiwan Studies
  • Keynote speaker: European Association of Taiwan Studies International Conference (Belgium); University Museums Australia
  • Invited International Expert Panel Member & Conference Chair: Comité International L’Histoire de L’Art – 34th World Congress of Art History (Beijing, 2016)
  • Visiting Scholar: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, 2018); National Taipei University of Education (2016-2018); Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2007)
This information has been contributed by Dr Sophie McIntyre.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Framing the Belt & Road Initiative: Chinese public diplomacy narratives and Australian media discourse
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Terry Flew
  • The Influence of Digital Geographies on Public Art: The Evolution of Online Creative Practice
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Courtney Pedersen