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