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Liz Hughes

Director of Partnerships and Development

Liz is an experienced senior executive with a record of innovative and commercial leadership in the creative, cultural and higher education sectors. She is known for her business acumen and her ability to: create a vision and foster engaging programming; generate increased audiences and revenue; and transform an organisation/division’s reputation and reach.

As the Director of Partnerships and Development, Liz oversees a large-scale program of short courses, industry and international training, outreach initiatives and revenue generation activities. She manages partnerships with media industry, cultural, government, corporate and international organisations. Prior to her current role, Liz led the transformation of AFTRS Open short course program to achieve exponential growth in customer numbers and revenue, and expansion into new markets.

Liz has held a range of creative leadership roles. As Executive Director and Artistic Director of Experimenta, she led the organisation’s reinvention and growth through developing biennale exhibitions that captured audiences’ imagination and typically broke records for audience attendance.  Her consultancy roles include international curator for the Seoul Media Art Biennale, Artistic Consultant for performing arts festival Awesome Arts, and large public art commissions.

As a filmmaker, Liz’s short films have won 21 awards, screened at over 100 film festivals and are featured in publications including The Art of the Short Film: Nine Modern Classics alongside directors Jim Jarmusch and Roman Polanski. In addition, Liz was a series director on children’s TV drama Short Cuts which won an AFI Award.

Liz has an Executive MBA from University of Technology Sydney, a Bachelor of Arts (Film and Television) from Swinburne University (now known as the VCA Film and TV School) and has completed the Asialink Leaders Program.