Tracy Puklowski

Tracy Puklowski

I have the honour of setting up Australia's first National Aboriginal Art Gallery here in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the heart of the country.

Werte from Mparntwe/Alice Springs - the heart of Australia. I've held executive roles in the Australasian GLAM sector for over 25 years, including Associate Director at the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa), Director of the NZ National Army Museum, and Director the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

I'm heavily motivated by the belief that museums and galleries can change lives and contribute to social and economic outcomes for communities. This belief has only been heightened by the experiences of COVID-19 and the clear message that museum and gallery audiences are looking for more meaningful experiences, and spaces to heal.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

For the National Aboriginal Art Gallery to be relevant and inspire young people the way I believe it can, we'll need really innovative approaches to learning. I can't think of a better way to achieve this than by being part of a global brains trust like HundrED.

How can education support students to flourish?

Learning is everything. What motivates me is the thought that one experience in a museum or gallery (or classroom) could change a learner's life forever. I know this can happen, because it happened to me.

What role does innovation play in education change?

The education response to COVID has demonstrated that the education sector is one of the most innovative we have. We are in such a fast-moving world, with expectations changing on an almost daily basis, that we need to be constantly innovating.