2009 – M.A Contemporary Art (Merit) – Manchester University (Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London)

Dissertation title: “Re-envisioning the Counter-Monument. Participation as Commemoration and the New Invisible Monument”

2004 – B. Art Theory (Honours) – The College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

2003 – B. Arts (History)  University of New South Wales, Sydney



2018 - Churchill Fellowship



J. Higgins & S. Coffils, “Collaboration or cooperation: Peer-led learning and institutional partnerships through two case studies.” Beyond Community Engagement: Transforming dialogues in art, education and the cultural sphere, ed. K. Snepvangers & D. Matthewson-Mitchell. University of New South Wales / Common Ground Publishing, 2018

21st Century Portraits, foreward by Andrew Graham-Dixon, introduction by Sandy Nairne & Sarah Howgate, written by Jo Higgins. National Portrait Gallery, London, 2013



2017/- Young Creatives Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

2016 – Creative Strategy Manager, Australian Design Centre

2015/2016 – Contributing writer, Biennale of Sydney

2014/15 – Regional Youth Engagement Manager & Marketing Coordinator, Kaldor Public Art Projects

2015 – Gallery education consultantPeople Like Us, UNSW Galleries (touring nationally 2015-2019)

2015 – Exhibitions Officer, Sydney University Archives

2014 – Project Officer, Beyond 1914, The University of Sydney (digital social history project)

2012/2013 – Board Member, Art Licks Educate, London

2011/2013 – Young People’s Online Editor, South London Gallery

2010/2013 – UK Contributing EditorArtlink magazine

2008 – Guest Lecturer, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Sydney

2006/2008 – Editor, Design and Art Australia Online (then Dictionary of Australian Artists Online)

2006 – Gallery Assistant, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2005/2006 – Online Editor & Arts Content Manager, iMedia Australia

1997/2008 – Auction assistant, ABA Associates & Lawson-Menzies.



2013 – Artswork one-day training: ‘Mentoring the next creative generation’

2012 – Artswork one-day training: ‘Safe Social Networking for Youth Arts Organisations’

2012 – Guardian Culture Professionals Network one-day course: ‘How to Create and Engaging and Effective Digital Campaign’

2012 – Guardian Culture Professionals Network one-day course: ‘How to Establish and Amplify Your Voice on Digital Platforms’

2011 – Google/Culture 24 workshop: ‘Make it Count – Google Analytics’



2017 – ‘Peer-led learning’, Te Tuhi Talks Series, August 2017, Auckland New Zealand

2014 – ‘This is not what I’m looking for in a book of portraits!’ Fresh Faces: New Thinking on Portraiture Symposium, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 9 August 2014

2013 – ‘Online networking and the value of digital content’, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Artsmart Graduates Festival

2012/13 – Guest speaker, BA Criticism, Communication, Curation, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

2012 – Guest speaker, Association for Cultural Enterprise, Picture Library Symposium

2012 – Goldsmiths College of Arts Careers Forum: ‘Jobs in Museums and Galleries’

2011 – Guest speaker, Building Digital Capacity for the Arts: Rights and Intellectual Property, Arts Council England

2008 – Guest Lecturer, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Sydney