Wendy Cowan

Wendy Cowan

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Education

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


I have worked in education in the Northern Territory for over two decades as teacher, policy writer and consultant. I am currently co-founder and co-director of Stick Mob Studio, a collective of intra-cultural (Arrernte, Irish, Anmatyerre, Pitjantjatjara, Jingili) storytellers who publish, exhibit and create podcasts and storytelling modules. My work seeks mutuality of becoming and embodied kinship through disruptive ways of knowing, being and doing grounded in wisdom, humility, respect, generosity, direct participation and radical localisation. My research focuses on reciprocal listening/writing/sketching/filming (voice, ethics, and agency) to counteract the effects of false colonising narratives.

As an artist, I work with a wide range of creatives including Stick Mob Studio, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), Theatre of Fire, Welfare State International, Wet Paint Arts, West Tallaght Women’s Textile Collective, Strehlow Research Centre, Hermannsburg Potters, Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre. Artwork from these collaborations have been exhibited at IMMA, V&A, Parliament House, Canberra, GARMA Festival as well as the Araluen, Watch This Space (WTS) and UNSW Galleries.

As a researcher, educator and artist my research focuses on the entanglement of materials, matters, art, ancestors, people and art, which is informed by over 25 years of living and working in Northern Australia.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - 2020 Research Associate Charles Darwin University
    2016 - ongoing Co-Director Stick Mob Studio
    2012 - 2016 Senior Teacher NT Department of Education
    2011 - 2011 Education Manager Cooperative Research Centre – Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP)
    2010 - 2010 Lead Instructional Designer Menzies School of Health Research
    2010 - 2010 Lead Instructional Designer / Project Manager Centre for Remote Health
    2008 - 2009 Executive Producer, West MacDonnell Online Visitors Centre NRETAS – Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport, and Central Land Council (CLC)
    1999 - 2009 Policy and Program Manager NT Department of Education
    1998 - 1999 Cultural Mapping Consultant Palmerston City Council
    1994 - 1989 Artistic Director Red Zone Art, ireland
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award Remote Communications Association (IRCA) 15th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival Australia -
    2015 Award ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Film and Education Australia -
    2015 Award NARIS (National Alliance for Remote Indigenous Schools). Teaching Award Australia -
    1997 Invitation Residency IMMA’s Education & Community programme Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1984 - 1985 Weave Design & Production Drogheda, Ireland Masterclass program
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Cowan, W. (2022). Entangled exhibitions: Returning, Remembering more ‘just’ pasts. West Tallaght Women’s Textile Collective. IMMA Magazine - https://imma.ie/magazine/dance-of-life-west-tallaght-womens-textile-collective/.
    2022 Cowan, W. (2022). Undoing Theory: Walking of Arrernte Country – Co-creating Knowledge and Meaning in central Australia. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts -  [1]. https://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/the-northern-institute/learning_communities_journal_27_online.pdf, 27, 15-24.
    2011 Bat, M., Ober, R., Doe, T., Kilgariff, C., Gillespie, K., & Cowan, W. (2011). A teaching and learning practice framework for Batchelor Institute.. Batchelor Institute.
    2011 Bat, M., Ober, R., Doe, T., Kilgariff, C., Gillespie, K., & Cowan, W. (2011). A teaching and learning practice framework for Batchelor Institute.. Batchelor Institute.
    2008 Spillman, D., Kilgariff, C., Guy, D., Cowan, W., & Blyth, M. (2008). Cross-Culture Collaboration Project (CCCP) Toolkit. A: Culturally Responsive Leadership toolkit using Engoori strength-based model (Gorringe & Spillman, 2008) and Complex Adaptive Systems (Schein, 2010; Stacey, 2001).. NT Department of Education and Training..
    2008 Spillman, D., Kilgariff, C., Guy, D., Cowan, W., & Blyth, M. (2008). Cross-Culture Collaboration Project (CCCP) Toolkit. A: Culturally Responsive Leadership toolkit using Engoori strength-based model (Gorringe & Spillman, 2008) and Complex Adaptive Systems (Schein, 2010; Stacey, 2001).. NT Department of Education and Training..
    1999 Cowan, W. (1999). Life and Death on Aboriginal Land with Anne Mosey. Artlink - Disintegration, 19(3).
    1999 Cowan, W. (1999). Palmerston City Council Cultural Mapping Report. Palmerston City Council Report.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2021 Cowan, W. (2021). Hottest Gallery in the World. W. Cowan (Ed.), Darwin, NT: 24 HR Art: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2001 Cowan, W. (2001). Dance of Life: Stepping out. In S. Akbar (Ed.), Shamiana: The Mughal Tent: V&A education project.. London: V&A Publications.
    2000 Cowan, W. (2000). Penned Apprentice. In D. Scott (Ed.), Friendly Street Poets Anthology. Adelaide, SA.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2021 Cowan, W. (2021). Un/doing theory: Walking of Arrernte Country – knowledge and meaning production in central Australia. In Knowledge Intersections Symposium: Doing Innovation and Communicating Knowledge in Central Australia. Mparntwe - Alice Springs.
    2019 Cowan, W. (2019). The concerns of a ‘Yellow Rabbit’- Who cares(?): Vital re(con)figuration within an ethics of inclusion/exclusion in central Australia. In Unbuilding Multispecies Violence in Storied Place: Symposium hosted by Ecofeminist Group. Melbourne, VIC.
    2018 Cowan, W. (2018). Performing Knowledge and Materialising Educational Matters in central Australia. In AusSTS Postgrad Workshop, STS Sydney. Sydney, NSW.
    2015 Cowan, W. (2015). Ntaria Film Improvisations and Education Outcomes. In Cultural Mediations of the Visual: Knowledge Resources for Remote Indigenous Communities. Institute of Culture and Society (ICS), University Western Sydney.
    2003 Cowan, W. (2003). Playing @ Online Game Design. In Digital Games and Education Seminar. Institute of Education, University of London, England.
    2003 Cowan, W. (2003). Social inclusion using digital games as an attractor. In ICT and Inclusion Seminar. Local Education Authority (LEA), London, England.
    2003 Cowan, W. (2003). Cerita Dalam Kain: Speaking with cloth. In Knowledge Lab Seminar. University of London, England.
  • Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

    Year Citation
    2022 Cowan, W., & Newberry, S. (2022). EyeView StickMob (No. Of Pieces: 12) [Exhibition]. Watch This Space Gallery, Mparntwe-Alice Springs.
    2022 Cowan, W., & West Tallaght Women’s Textile Collective. (2022). Dance of Light (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Exhibition]. IMMA, Dublin, Ireland: Irish Museum of Modern Art.
    2022 Cowan, W. (2022). In Conversation with Delia (No. Of Pieces: 2) [Art Installation]. Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT.
    2019 Cowan, W., & Goonan, M. (2019). Troopies of Light (No. Of Pieces: 3) [Art Installation]. Todd Mall and White Gums, Alice Springs, NT: AliceLive; NT Arts.
    2018 Cowan, W. (2018). Open Court: The Gathering (The Pain We Know) (No. Of Pieces: 3) [Art Installation]. Todd Mall, Mparntwe - Alice Springs.
    2017 Cowan, W. (2017). Stronger Futures: Broken Bones (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Animation]. Watch This Space Gallery, Alice Springs.
    2015 Cowan, W., Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre., Big hART., & Ntaria School. (2015). 'on country': We are in WonderLAND: new experimental art from Central Australia (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Animation]. UNSW Galleries, Sydney, NSW.
    2015 Cowan, W., Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre., Big hART., & Ntaria School. (2015). Namatjira to Now (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Exhibition]. Parliament House, Canberra.
    2014 Cowan, W., Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre., Big hART., & Ntaria School. (2014). Five Generations of Namatjira (No. Of Pieces: 12) [Exhibition]. Araluen Art Gallery, Mparntwe-Alice Springs.

2021-2022 Herstories podcast. FRRR and ABC Heywire Youth Innovation.

2021-2021 – DKAccelerator: First Nations enterprises. Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA).

2019-2021: Aboriginal Business Development Program, Northern Territory Government.

2018-2019: Creative Careers Research Project. Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts. Charles Darwin University (CDU).

 

 


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