Virginia Hilyard is an Australian filmmaker and screen artist who has worked extensively with the mediums of film, video and sound, primarily within the context of space, the site and installation, reflecting her early training in architecture and sculpture.
Producing and exhibiting since 1985, Virginia's solo and collaborative works have been exhibited in cities and regional centres throughout Australia, South East Asia, Europe, the UK, North America and Canada.
On finishing her Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, Virginia became involved with the Sydney Super 8 Film Group, an active member between 1983 and 1998. Over this time, she was committed to the development of experimental screen production, exhibition and distribution through her involvement with artist-initiated collectives in both Australia and South East Asia.
Her range of experience in the film and television industry since 1985 includes crewing on independent documentaries; production management at SBS Television; teaching film and video production including community based workshops and at secondary and tertiary level and directing commissioned projects for major cultural institutions including the Sydney Opera House Trust and the Museum of Sydney. She has trained and worked as a cinema projectionist.
Since 1993, Virginia has undertaken a number of artist's residencies in Australia, the Asia/Pacific region and Europe, working across media, genres and cultures with filmmakers, artists, writers, performers and composers. Commissions from the Historic Houses Trust in 1996 and the Sydney Opera House Trust in 2002 have allowed Virginia to carry out intensive research with the National Film and Sound Archive. Her 2009 residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris was to research early French filmmakers, accessing rare films and collections at the Cinémathèque Française and Le archives françaises du film. In December 2005, the State Library of Victoria requested the use of one of Virginia's still images as part of the architectural feature wall in their newly renovated Dome Galleries.
Virginia taught digital video production in the School of Theatre, Film and Dance at the University of NSW and, since completing her Master of Visual Art in 2005 at Sydney College of the Arts, a school of The University of Sydney, has been teaching digital film production in the Master in Film and Digital Image at SCA. She is currently pursuing research and practice in field recording, analogue-to-high-definition digital video production and advanced camera support systems including the Steadicam.
Virginia has received support for her projects from the Australian Film Commission, the Australia Council and Asialink Australia. Her work can be found in a number of collections including Museum of Sydney; SBS-Television; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Historic Houses Trust of NSW; Sydney Opera House Trust; Griffith Artworks, Brisbane and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.