Meet The Woman Curating World Class Art Exhibits In London And Los Angeles

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For Ali Hillman, art isn’t merely a passion—it’s something built into her DNA. Today, she’s the Curator at h Club, a members only club located in London and, most recently, Los Angeles. But even from a young age, art was the focus of her world. Growing up, while some kids might go on vacations with their parents to Disneyland or hop aboard a Caribbean cruise, her family trips always focused on which art exhibitions they would get to see. 

“I come from a family who is deeply obsessed with art,” she laughed.

Ali pursued two Bachelor degrees (one in Film and the other in History of Fine Art) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she grew up. Afterwards, she completed her Master’s in Science Industrial Design which gave her a deep appreciation for how artists operate.

“I wanted to have a deeper knowledge of fabrication,” Ali explained. “There was a lot of model making involved, we had various electrical tools and we sketched. We used various computer applications required for 3D imaging. And ultimately what I learned was how to think like an artist and get into the head of an artist when they go to actually create an object.”

Ali also worked part-time in commercial galleries while getting her education, which fueled her passion for working with artists and enthusiasm to translate their stories to sell art. 

During her working holiday to London, Ali landed a job at h Club through a colleague, Juliet Haygarth. “ She knew that I was interested in maybe even setting up my own gallery one day, and she said, ‘Why don't you just sort of do that within this role?’” Ali promptly joined the team in 2008, tasked with developing the club’s art program.

This hip members club where creators convene is no ordinary coworking space or social club, and Ali is one of the big reasons why. If you were to strip the walls of the art she has selected with such meticulous care, you likely wouldn’t even recognize h Club. From leading artists like Lisa Anne Auerbach and Ivan Moscovich to people who are more up-and-coming, she finds contemporary pieces which feed the creative environment. She also makes a point to fill the spaces with art from artists of all ages, backgrounds and genders.

Ali finds inspiration from extensive reading through art publications, research (even on Instagram, which Ali believes is a powerful tool), and in some cases she may even find a connection through members. And of course, whether in London or in Los Angeles, she tends to go on many studio visits—an experience she relishes.

“There are days I pinch myself, that I can't believe I get to enter into the minds of creative people who are so individual and singular in their vision,” Ali confessed. “I often have to go to unusual settings because artists can sometimes be very far flung locations, and they have intriguing spaces. But that’s what a studio is. It’s the visualization of an artist’s mind.”

The art from these people then ends up in h Club, which influences a whole new group of creatives at work. People may pay their membership dues for a space to connect and collaborate with others (there’s a restaurant, bar, and regular special events), but they’re also immersed in a world of rotating contemporary art. 

And just as the gallery at h Club London and Los Angeles changes regularly, so does Ali’s work—an aspect of the job which she loves. 

“No two days are the same,” she said. “The role is outward-facing and very discovery-led. It’s project-based and constantly fresh. Honestly, I don’t think I could have stayed in the job for this many years if it wasn’t constantly evolving or teaching me.” 

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For Ali Hillman, art isn’t merely a passion—it’s something built into her DNA. Today, she’s the Curator at h Club, a members only club located in London and, most recently, Los Angeles. But even from a young age, art was the focus of her world. Growing up, while some kids might go on vacations with their parents to Disneyland or hop aboard a Caribbean cruise, her family trips always focused on which art exhibitions they would get to see. 

“I come from a family who is deeply obsessed with art,” she laughed.

Ali pursued two Bachelor degrees (one in Film and the other in History of Fine Art) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she grew up. Afterwards, she completed her Master’s in Science Industrial Design which gave her a deep appreciation for how artists operate.

“I wanted to have a deeper knowledge of fabrication,” Ali explained. “There was a lot of model making involved, we had various electrical tools and we sketched. We used various computer applications required for 3D imaging. And ultimately what I learned was how to think like an artist and get into the head of an artist when they go to actually create an object.”

Ali also worked part-time in commercial galleries while getting her education, which fueled her passion for working with artists and enthusiasm to translate their stories to sell art. 

During her working holiday to London, Ali landed a job at h Club through a colleague, Juliet Haygarth. “ She knew that I was interested in maybe even setting up my own gallery one day, and she said, ‘Why don't you just sort of do that within this role?’” Ali promptly joined the team in 2008, tasked with developing the club’s art program.

This hip members club where creators convene is no ordinary coworking space or social club, and Ali is one of the big reasons why. If you were to strip the walls of the art she has selected with such meticulous care, you likely wouldn’t even recognize h Club. From leading artists like Lisa Anne Auerbach and Ivan Moscovich to people who are more up-and-coming, she finds contemporary pieces which feed the creative environment. She also makes a point to fill the spaces with art from artists of all ages, backgrounds and genders.

Ali finds inspiration from extensive reading through art publications, research (even on Instagram, which Ali believes is a powerful tool), and in some cases she may even find a connection through members. And of course, whether in London or in Los Angeles, she tends to go on many studio visits—an experience she relishes.

“There are days I pinch myself, that I can't believe I get to enter into the minds of creative people who are so individual and singular in their vision,” Ali confessed. “I often have to go to unusual settings because artists can sometimes be very far flung locations, and they have intriguing spaces. But that’s what a studio is. It’s the visualization of an artist’s mind.”

The art from these people then ends up in h Club, which influences a whole new group of creatives at work. People may pay their membership dues for a space to connect and collaborate with others (there’s a restaurant, bar, and regular special events), but they’re also immersed in a world of rotating contemporary art. 

And just as the gallery at h Club London and Los Angeles changes regularly, so does Ali’s work—an aspect of the job which she loves. 

“No two days are the same,” she said. “The role is outward-facing and very discovery-led. It’s project-based and constantly fresh. Honestly, I don’t think I could have stayed in the job for this many years if it wasn’t constantly evolving or teaching me.” 

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