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Lisa Hilli

Collection Manager, Access

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Born in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, Lisa is a descendent of the Tolai / Gunantuna people.  Her interest in museums began through an access visit to the Pacific Collections held in the Australian Museum Sydney in 2010, where she discovered a historical body adornment called Midi worn only by Luluai or Tolai men of high status. This historical body adornment, which museums refer to as ‘shell collar’ became the focus of her Masters Research, which Lisa completed in 2016.

Lisa has undertaken cultural research in Papua New Guinea and participated in a cultural exchange with Yolgnu fibre artists on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. She has worked with Pacific communities creating short films in Melbourne and Honiara, Solomon Islands for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts 2014. Lisa was also a co-founder of the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle and the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (2013-2015) held at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Professionally, Lisa has given public presentations at the National Gallery of Australia part of the Atua: Sacred gods of Polynesia exhibition, Art of the Pacific exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria and the College Art Association Annual Conference 2015 in New York City. She has been a Melbourne Festival Ambassador (2011 & 2012) and a participant in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Dialogue, Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, Lowy Institute.


MFA by Research, RMIT University

BFA RMIT University


Projects and events


Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the colonial shadow - Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland

A Bit Na Ta: The source of the sea - Melbourne Museum (September 2017 – February 2018)


1854 Museums Victoria Scholarship – Research Project; Revealing Reverend Rickard


Pacific Advisory Group


Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS)


Regenerating Pacific Cultural Identity, Oceania Now ed. Leuli Eshraghi, Issue 1, 2015, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and Victoria University

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