Bachelor, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Master of Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1973—1977. Master of Philosophy, Courtauld Institute, University of London, 1980—1982.
Trainee general nurse Christchurch Hospital, 1968—1969. Secondary school teacher Naenae College, Lower Hutt, 1978—1980. Director, museum projects Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 1984.
Assistant curator Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1983—1983. Curator, european art Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1983—1986. Senior curator, international art National Art Gallery, Wellington, 1986—1988.
Member, institutional planning team Museum of New Zealand Project, 1989. Director National Art Gallery, 1990—1992. Director, art and history Museum of New Zealand, 1993.
Head of art history Victoria University, 1995—2000, head, school of art history, classics & religious studies, since 2001.
Member of Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (council 2000).
1 child Sarah Gwynnydd Olive Bailey-Harper.