Michelle Poonawalla, artist from India. Photography © M. Poonawalla

1.In your opinion what is the role of a museum?

They allow art or culture to be seen by the general public of all ages, all societies and all incomes. A museum promotes art, culture and educates our populations both young and old.

I think museums also can act as voices for change, or encourage questions and debate by showing works such as Olafur Eliasson’s work around climate change. In this sense museums educate the spectators on the subject they see and encourage viewers to question the wider world.

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

I grew up in London and I have fond memories of visiting many museums as a child. The Tate, the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery etc. It is hard to pick a favourite; they all hold different memories of visits, and artworks which have influenced me.