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Philip Bacon AM (QLD)

Director, Philip Bacon Gallery

Well regarded art dealer, patron and philanthropist, Philip Bacon established Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane in 1974. The gallery is renowned for exhibiting many of the country’s most celebrated, established and contemporary artists.

The late 1980s saw Mr Bacon as Art Consultant to Expo 1988 and an adviser to the Estate of Lady Trout. In 1990, he was made a consultant and adviser to the Margaret Olley Art Trust, and is now a Trustee. In 1994, he became a member of the Advisory Council, Griffith University - Queensland College of Art. From 1995 to 1996, Mr Bacon was an adviser to the Trustees and Executors of the Johnstone Gallery Estate. He became a Board member of the Brisbane Biennial International Music Festival in 1996. In 1998, he was made a Board member of the Brisbane Festival of which he is now Deputy Chairman.

In 1994, Philip Bacon became a member of the Board of Opera Australia, a position he held till 2010. He was a member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia from 1996 to 2003 and has been a Trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation since 2000. He is a Founder / Benefactor of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation and Perpetual Donor and member of the Board of the Foundation of the National Gallery of Australia. He was appointed as a Trustee of the Board of the Queensland Art Gallery from 2012 to 2017. In 2014, he re-joined the board of Opera Australia and is currently Chairman of the Opera Australia Capital Fund.

Philip Bacon was made a Member, Order of Australia in 1999 receiving in the same year a Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) from the University of Queensland. In 2002, Mr Bacon received a Doctor of the University from Griffith University, and Doctor of the University from Queensland University of Technology in 2005. In 2009, he was named a ‘Queensland Great’, and also was announced as AbaF Goldman Sachs Philanthropist of the year.

He was named by The Australian as one of the fifty most influential people in the arts in Australia, 2012. In 2019, he was the recipient of Philanthropy Australia’s Leading Philanthropist award.

Tracy Puklowski (TAS)

Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG); Director, Creative Arts and Cultural Services, City of Launceston

Tracy was appointed to the newly created position of Director, Creative Arts and Cultural Services for the City of Launceston in October 2018. Her role spans the Directorship of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) and the development and implementation of cultural strategy and services for the city.

Prior to her arrival in Tasmania, Tracy had a 25-year career in the New Zealand cultural heritage sector, starting in art curation. Later roles included Associate Director at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Associate Chief Librarian at the National Library, and Director of the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa.

Tracy has a MA (hons) in Art History, a post-graduate Diploma in Museum Studies, and is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute (MLI). She studied Australian Art as part of her Masters and has worked with many Australasian artists and collections throughout her career. She has a strong interest in Trans-Tasman artistic connections.

Julie Gough (TAS)

Artist and Curator

Julie Gough is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, writer and a curator of Indigenous Cultures at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Her Briggs-Johnson family have lived in the Latrobe region of North West Tasmania since the 1840s, with Tebrikunna their Traditional Country, in far north eastern Lutruwita (Tasmania).

Gough’s art practice often involves uncovering and re-presenting conflicting and subsumed histories, many referring to her family's experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

Gough holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (Visual Arts, 2001), a Masters degree (Visual Arts) University of London, Goldsmiths College (1998), and Bachelor degrees in Visual Arts (Curtin University), Prehistory and English literature (University of West Australia).

Since 1994 Julie has exhibited in more than 130 exhibitions that include: TENSE PAST, solo survey exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Divided Worlds, Adelaide Biennial of Australia Art, 2018; Defying Empire, National Gallery of Australia, 2017 and touring; THE NATIONAL, MCA, 2017; With Secrecy and Despatch, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2016; undisclosed, National Gallery of Australia, 2012; Clemenger Award, National Gallery of Victoria, 2010; Biennial of Sydney, 2006; Liverpool Biennial, UK, 2001; Perspecta, AGNSW, 1995. In 2018 a monograph on her art Fugitive History was published by UWA Press, and short fictionella: Shale, was produced by A Published Event. Gough’s artwork is held in most Australian state and national gallery collections.