Visit to Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, USA

I was fortunate to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on 08 October 2019, under the guidance of curator and UVA art historian Dr Henry Skerritt. My visit here is in connection with my Endeavour Executive Leadership Fellowship. Among other things, the collection consists of over 700 bark painting made by Indigenous Australians.

Looking at Indigenous Australian bark paintings held in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia

Launch of major government report relating to Indigenous knowledge in design

A large group of Indigenous knowledge holders, designers, practitioners, and government representatives gathered in Melbourne on Monday, November 20th, 2017 to celebrate the launch of a major government report on the teaching of Indigenous knowledge in design. The report was generated by Prof David Jones (Deakin University), Prof David Low-Chow (Griffith University), Associate Professor Grant Revell (University of Western Australia), Associate Professor Scott Heyes (University of Canberra), Associate Professor Richard Tucker (Deakin Unviersity), and Dr Susan Bird (Central Queensland University). The report can be downloaded here:


Visit at Fiji High Commission in Canberra

UC students and UWA students (via skype) were welcomed to the Fiji High Commission in Canberra yesterday, as part of their introduction to the Fiji teaching project. We thank His Excellency Mr Yogesh Punja, Fiji High Commission in Canberra, for hosting our group. Pictured below (L-R): Prof Steve Basson, Deputy Dean, UC Faculty of Arts and Design; Prof Peter Radoll, Dean of UC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy; Her Excellency Martha Mavrommatis, High Commissioner for Republic of Cyprus in Canberra; UC students – Fred Leftwich, Jai Cornish-Martin, Alix Bateup, Malachi Murljacic; Felicity Corbin, Executive Officer, UC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy; His Excellency, Dr Attila Laszlo Gruber, Ambassador for the Hungarian Embassy in Canberra, and Dr Scott Heyes, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage at University of Canberra (Group Leader).

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Participatory Design Presentation at Aalborg University, Denmark

Extraordinary MT Colloquium, Thursday 17 November, Rendsburggade 14, Room 3.529


Scott Heyes, University of Canberra

The impacts and benefits of undertaking Participatory Research in Indigenous Settings: Case Studies from Australia, Arctic Canada, and Fiji.

Abstract: In this presentation I will draw on my collaborative teaching and research projects in Indigenous Australia, Arctic Quebec and remote areas of Fiji on design and cultural heritage topics relating to Indigenous geographies, pathways, hangout spaces, legendary landscapes, and sacred sites. I will describe how my teaching and research activities have been undertaken using innovative participatory research methods or through mapping, exhibition, and design charrette exercises. Continue reading