Penelope (Penny) Stannard grew up learning about the stories, memories and mysteries of her family, and the places and events that defined the artists, writers, diplomats and scientists who make up her ancestral tree.
Penny has carved out a multi-faceted career as a curator, historian, educator and creative producer, working on behalf of organisations spanning the arts, education, human rights, health, veterans and disability spheres. As Senior Curator with NSW State Archives (2016-19), Penny instigated and delivered a transformational exhibitions program that resulted in unprecedented levels of audience engagement with the State Archives Collection – one of Australia’s most significant cultural holdings. Penny has been described as a ‘non-traditional’ curator who connects diverse stakeholders through ideas and creativity to deliver strategic outcomes that build capabilities and enable change. Penny has substantial non-executive director experience of publicly funded arts companies and has served on NSW and Australian government arts funding and advisory committees. Penny holds a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney in cultural policy studies and history, and has published in Australia and internationally.