Jo has worked in the museum and gallery sector for over ten years and is an independent audience engagement consultant. She is also a public programmer, educator, researcher and arts writer, and a 2018 Churchill Fellow, investigating different models of informal and youth-led learning programs in arts institutions.

Jo is driven by an enthusiastic belief in art’s capacity to negotiate and inspire new ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us and in all its guises, her work strives to illuminate these ideas and connections for a wide range of audiences and sector stakeholders.

Jo currently works as an arts researcher for the ABC and has previously worked for Kaldor Public Art Projects, the Australian Design Centre, the South London Gallery and as the Young Creatives Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. With expertise and a focus on informal, peer-led learning programs for young people, Jo is looking to work with museums and galleries to identify and develop programming opportunities, build capacities and to help advocate for the inclusion, contribution and expertise of young people within arts institutions.

Jo is the author of 21st Century Portraits (NPG London, 2013) and a contributing author to Beyond Community Engagement: transforming dialogues in art, education and the cultural sphere, (UNSW/Common Ground Publishing 2018). She was a contributing writer for the 2016 Biennale of Sydney and has written for ABC Arts, Museums & Galleries NSW, Art Collector, Artlink and Marmalade magazines as well as artist essays for exhibitions at Alaska Projects and The Lock Up, Newcastle.

Jo has a MA Contemporary Art from Manchester University and a Bachelor History/Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) degree from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.


To investigate different models of informal learning and youth-led engagement in arts organisations

To investigate different models of informal learning and youth-led engagement in arts organisations

The Arts
Jo Higgins

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