tEN Open #2 - Yearning to Yarn

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 12:00 pm — Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 02:30 pm


Location University Gallery and Museum
Contact Julia Shaw

Crossed spears with raffia cordage - image of Simon Munro's exhibition
Image detail - Spears with hand woven raffia cordage, Simon Munro

We are very excited to announce that the next tEN Open session will be presented by Simon Munro, higher education researcher, artist and Indigenous Project Officer in the Department of Rural Health.

In this workshop, Simon will discuss the Yearning to Yarn research project, speak to his current exhibition—developed through the process of conducting the research—and guide us in the process of making grass cordage. Reflecting the methodology of the research project, participants will be invited to continue to practice their weaving throughout the presentation and discussion.

The event will begin with lunch and an opportunity to connect with colleagues in the exhibition space, before we move upstairs to the Gallery for the workshop. The session will close with an open discussion facilitated by Andrew Brown and Penny Jane Burke.

To assist with catering, please RSVP by emailing ceehe@newcastle.edu.au.


More about the Yearning to Yarn Project and Exhibition

Yearning to Yarn (The Artefact in Research exhibition) emerged out of seemingly endless dialogue with fellow researchers with Aboriginal culture, with the ways of knowing and learning at the core. As an Aboriginal researcher exploring the metaphysical and intrinsically relational nature of my culture (the Anaiwan people of Northern NSW), this opened up a labyrinth of knowledge for me to explore and then apply to research.

Creative expression is combined with Westernised research and exploration to evolve the thinking on ‘how to’ engage with Aboriginal methodologies–with one outcome being The Artefact in Research. The exhibition is a unique way of disseminating the Yearning to Yarn themes and findings.

Knowing who I am culturally is important to knowing how to research from an Aboriginal perspective, and this has allowed Aboriginal Standpoints (methodologies) to firmly exist alongside all other forms of research methodologies as an equal.

Simon Munro

To learn more about the exhibition click here.


More about the Educator Network (Research Stream) Open Sessions

tEN Open provides a regular space for UON staff and students to discuss our pedagogical interests, challenges and inspirations through engagement with research.

The series of research network forums aims to:

  • share pedagogical research to reflect on key insights for our practice
  • provide space for collective reflection on UON educational concerns
  • open opportunity for sharing insights across different contexts, placing our commitment to education high on our agenda of priorities, and give space to reflect on and interrogate what we do and how we do it
  • open up our pedagogical imaginations
  • bring people together and make key connections across areas, units, disciplines, schools and faculties

To learn more about the the Educator Network and its Research Stream click here. You can access resources from the very first tEN Open session and follow for updates (staff log-in required).

The tEN Open Series is an initiative of the Educator Network and the New Education Framework.