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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Craftivism HQ

Tal Fitzpatrick

All Spaces
7 Mar 2018–10 Mar 2018

Panel Discussion 9 Mar 2018 6PM

Craftivism HQ invites you into the world of craft+activism. Taking up all three gallery spaces, this PhD graduate exhibition surveys over four years of creative practice and research in the field of craftivism.

The exhibition includes a selection of Fitzpatrick’s most notable participatory and  collaborative projects, including: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Quilt project (2017), which is a collaborative project initiated by US  craftivist Stephanie Dunlap that involves over 120 embroidery artists from 22  different countries; The PM Please Quilt (2015-2016) which is a quilt made as a gift for the Prime Minister which features 121 hand-embroidered messages for Malcolm Turnbull from everyday Australians and which is on loan from the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra; and the International Women’s Development Agency ‘Fifty-Fifty’ project (2015) which involved the creation of 50 textile portraits as a gift for the first 50 people who donated $50 or more to directly to IWDA.

As part of this exhibition Fitzpatrick has curated a free public program of events and workshop which are open to the public, including:

  • A panel discussion titled ‘Craftivism & Dissensus’ chaired by Tal Fitzpatrick and featuring special guests Katherine Wilson, Kate Just, Amy Speirs, Tania Splawa-Neyman and Sayraphim Lothian (FRI 9th MARCH – 6pm-8pm)
  •  Craftivist embroidery workshops (WED/THURS/FRI 7-9 MARCH – 4.30pm-5.30pm)
  • Artist talks delivered by Tal Fitzpatrick along with a several artists involved in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Quilt project (SAT 10th MARCH – 1pm-2.30pm)

Tal’s research along with this exhibition is supported by the Australian Graduate Research Training Program Scholarship and the Victorian College for the Arts, University of Melbourne through the Faculty Small Grants
Scheme.

  • Tal Fitzpatrick is an Israeli born, Melbourne based artist, craftivist, feminist, researcher and community development worker. Fascinated by the potential of craft to solicit the sharing of stories, Tal’s works explores art’s ability to drive social change by engaging people in complex conversations and creating temporary communities. Tal takes a socially-engaged approach to making her textile works which combines the techniques of appliqué quilting and embroidery with social media and participatory art making. Tal graduated from Griffith University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours and is currently completing a practice-led PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

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