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Megan Hills

CEO, PROJECT STRATEGIST & DESIGNER


EXPERIENCE SUMMARY

  • 15 years – Arts & design project management consultancy
  • 7 years – Aboriginal cultural enterprise development
  • 15 years – Enterprise & marketing training & consultancy
  • Masters Degree: Applied Science (Museum Studies)
  • 2021: Director, Lake Macquarie Business Chamber of Commerce (Arts & Events Portfolio)

Memberships

  • The Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Hunter iF


Megan Hills is strategic, creative and a connector of other talent targeted to meeting identified project outcomes.

Culminating over 20 years of creative project experience, in 2017 Megan launched Hunter-based consultancy The Creative Ingredient - bridging business and government with creative talent (for projects underpinned by genuine community engagement, where possible). Clients include: Lake Macquarie City Council, Scentre Group/Westfield Kotara; Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre; Speaking in Colour; Rainbow Arts & Culture Foundation.

Prior to The Creative Ingredient, Megan worked in Darwin 2013-2016 with a focus on Aboriginal cultural enterprise management and enterprise mentoring. She also managed a series of public art projects.

Megan has operated her own successful enterprise development and marketing consultancy (with clients including: Noosa Regional Gallery, Artisan – Qld Craft & Design Centre and the Queensland Government) and has worked in and managed private art galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and regional Victoria, and New York.


2018- present: First Nations’ Organisation Strategy & Resource Development
Role: Organisational strategy and change management implementation, grant writing, resource development, website content development, promotional material design
Client: Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre
Location: Hamilton (Newcastle)
Project information: Interviews, analysis, reporting, workshops, implementation of new systems and ongoing consultation with staff as individuals and groups for greater workplace efficiency, communication, and productivity.

2020-present: Wyong Hospital Redevelopment, 4 x public art projects
Role: Creating public art curatorial strategy ( 2 x major murals, 18 x original framed artworks and 5 x Aboriginal motif installations) and management/co-management of the projects to successful installation.
Client: NSW Government (Health Infrastructure),
Location: Wyong Hospital Redevelopment (Central Coast NSW)
Project information: Project included engaging the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Local Aboriginal Health Advisory Council and the User Advisory Group throughout. Included managing a series of community printmaking workshops to create imagery for a major print project (18 original artworks).

2020-2021: Harbour Foreshore Community Reference Group Facilitation
Project Role: Creative Ingredient community facilitator support, scribing and some report development
Client: City of Newcastle

2019-20: Gregson Park Masterplan Development
Project Role: Community consultation strategy and facilitation
Client: Sub-contracted by Phillips Marler Landscape Architecture; Project client: City of Newcastle
Location: Gregson Park (Newcastle)
Project information: Working in conjunction with council on strategy, survey development, stakeholder interviews, drop-in community survey engagement, report design.

2019-20: Kamay 2020 major public art installation project
Role: Indigenous liaison and artist support
Client: Sub-contracted by Think OTS; Project client: NSW National Parks & Wildlife and Commonwealth Government (joint project)
Location: Kurnell National Park (Sydney NSW)
Project information: Design, fabrication and installation of two bronze whales (8m and 3m in length) and two life-size bronze canoes in collaboration with selected Traditional Owners.

2019-20: Mildura CBD Revitalisation
Role: Place activation consultancy
Client: sub-contracted by GHD; Project client: Mildura Rural City Council (VIC)

2019: PULiiMA 2019 National Indigenous Languages & Technology Conference
Role: Event Manager
Location: Darwin Convention Centre (Darwin, NT)
Client: Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre
Project information: 4 days, 30+ workshops, 70+ presentations, approx. 600 delegates; role includes securing sponsors and national media partner; event design (logo, signage, promotional materials; co-design of program book)

2018: Windale Create!
Role: Community Consultation Consultant
Client: Lake Macquarie City Council (Hunter Region, NSW)
Project information: Community consultation mapping, promotion, activation and reporting (incl. key community groups, Aboriginal members of the community, school groups) in view of future public art projects in the shopping hub of Windale.

2018: Awabakal Story public art project
Role: Project Coordinator
Client: Scentre Group
Location: Kotara Westfield Shopping Centre – The Rooftop (Newcastle, NSW)

2018: Sculpture Trail Project Strategy Development
Role: Lead strategist
Client: Rainbow Arts & Culture Foundation
Location: Pyrenees Shire (VIC)


PAST RELEVANT CONSULTANCY & EMPLOYMENT

2015-2017 | Consultant: Cultural Enterprise Mentor 
Funding body: Dept. Business, Northern Territory Government
Role: Business and project development training program Aboriginal cultural entrepreneurs (Darwin)

2013-2015 | Cultural Enterprise Manager 
Employer: Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (Darwin, NT)
Role summary: Event services, cultural awareness training and research projects, exhibitions and commissions management, new website design and content development for the organisation, and public art project management (public art clients include: Menzies School of Health Research; Shell Australia; Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corp.; Northern Territory Government; Royal Darwin Hospital; Darwin City Council).

2009-2017 | Creative Enterprise & Marketing Consultant
Freelance
Creative enterprise strategy and promotion for independent artists and designer and clients including: Queensland Government, Darwin City Council, Noosa Regional Gallery, Artisan (Qld Craft & Design Assoc.), Creative Enterprise Aust./Queensland University of Technology.


EDUCATION

1993 | Studentship Program (3 months)
Peggy Guggenheim Museum
Location: Venice, Italy

1992 | Masters Degree – Applied Science (full scholarship award)
Major: Museum Studies
Institution: Victoria College
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

1991 | Masters Degree
Major: Visual Arts Administration (1st semester only)
Institution: New York University
Location: NYC, New York, USA
Academic internship: Brooklyn Museum of Arts
Employment: Michael Greene Gallery (SoHo, NYC, NY); 
Matthew Marks Gallery (Madison Ave/Midtown, NYC, NY)

1989 | Graduate Diploma – Applied Science
Major: Museum Studies
Institution: Victoria College
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Academic internships: National Gallery of Victoria; Jewish Museum of Australia

1987 | Bachelor of Arts
Major: Politics & History
Institution: University of Adelaide
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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