Judges

Dr Malcom Bywaters

Dr Malcom Bywaters is the Academic Director, Academy Gallery & Exhibitions in the Academic Division, University of Tasmania. He has a Diploma of Fine Art, Ballarat University, a Graduate Diploma, Victorian College of the Arts, a Masters Degree from RMIT University and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.

For the past thirty years Dr Bywaters has worked as an artist, exhibition curator and gallery director. Malcom has curated over sixty exhibitions for venues such as the Westspace, Gertrude Contemporary, Monash Museum of Art, Geelong Art Gallery and the VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The University of Melbourne, Victoria and the Academy Gallery, Plimsoll Gallery,  Devonport Regional Art Gallery, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Arts Tasmania Gallery, Tasmania. Before joining the University of Tasmania Malcom was the Founding Gallery Manager in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University. Malcom has an extensive arts sector career and has been appointed to various boards and committees such as the Selection Committee for Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi (2017 & 19), Australia Council, Community Partnerships Committee (2009 – 10), Chairperson of the Launceston General Hospital Art Collection (2003 – 10). Malcom is a Peer Assessor for Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council.

Malcom’s wide and varied knowledge of art enables his University of Tasmania Academy Gallery activities to encompass a diverse understanding of contemporary art practice.

Wayne Z Hudson

Wayne Z Hudson was born and grew up in Burnie, Tasmania. He studied furniture design and sculpture, School of Art, Hobart, completing his PhD in 2001. In 1991 he received an Australian Council grant to travel to Europe and America. He completed two, three- month internships in 1993 and 1997 at Paley Studio’s, Rochester, New York.

Wayne was artist in residence at Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand and awarded a three-month residency at the Rosamond McCulloch Studio in Paris in 2000. He has had numerous exhibitions, prizes, grants and 28 commissions in the Art in Public Place program. From 2002 – 2012 he was Head of Sculpture at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Launceston, University of Tasmania.

Wayne practices full time studio work in Launceston focusing on the space between Functionality (Seating) and Sculpture. In 2019 he exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney as well as being awarded the West Tamar Sculpture Prize.

Tracy Puklowski

Tracy Puklowski

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.