Jo Higgins is an educator, writer and public programmer with a focus on informal, peer-led learning programs for young people, arts partnerships and research. She is currently the Young Creatives Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Jo has previously worked for Kaldor Public Art Projects, piloting their regional youth engagement program for Project 30: Marina Abramovic – In Residence in 2015 as well as organisations including the Biennale of Sydney, UNSW Art & Design, Australian Design Centre and the University of Sydney. She also worked at the South London Gallery on the three-year Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project in partnership with Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, the Hayward Gallery and the Royal Academy of Art from 2011-2013. Jo is the author of 21st Century Portraits (NPG London, 2013) and a contributing author in Beyond Community Engagement: transforming dialogues in art, education and the cultural sphere (ed. K. Snepvangers & D. Matthewson-Mitchell, UNSW/Common Ground Publishing, 2018). She was a contributing writer for the 2016 Biennale of Sydney; has written exhibition essays galleries including Alaska Projects and The Lock Up, Newcastle and is a regular contributor to Art Collector magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (History)/Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) degree from UNSW Art & Design and an MA Contemporary Art from Manchester University. In 2018 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate different models of informal learning and youth-led engagement in arts organisations in the USA and Canada.