Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Hutch Wilco studied Visual Art, Art History, and Philosophy at the Auckland University of Technology.
From 1998, he worked for the National Museum of New Zealand. During this time, he toured exhibitions nationally and internationally, including to Japan and China, oversaw the redevelopment of the Pacific galleries, and the implementation of the contemporary art galleries. From 2013, he was the Senior Project Manager for exhibitions, managing all incoming touring exhibitions, including Treasures from the National Museum of China.
While working for the museum, he also worked on numerous extramural projects, including the redevelopment of the Canterbury Museum during Christchurch cities earthquake recovery, and the official New Zealand participation at the Venice Biennale (2009, 2011, and 2013).
For the 2015 Venice Biennale, he was the Exhibition Coordinator for four collateral events, including a Pan-Arab contingent, and the Pavilion for the Republic of San Marino.
In 2016 he relocated to Shanghai to take up the role as Director and Curator for Cospace, where he is currently curating a seven-part exhibition addressing global issues such as climate change, peak oil, and food scarcity, through the lens of the therapeutic notion of the seven stages of grieving.