11-21 AUGUST 2022 View all events

Placemakers Logo
Event info

Presented by BLEACH*

Presented by BLEACH*

Join Liesel in a gentle space of craft and conversation. Over the 3 week residency period she contemplates ideas of connection, belonging and distance through the intricate Ukrainian tradition of making Pysanky.

Bring your own craft project and share a cup of tea as you work alongside Liesel and others. Come again to experience Liesel’s final offering, inspired by the conversations shared during her residency.

For updates about this work, register via the Festival Resident Artists page.




Daruvaty / дарувати


Take a quiet moment to join Liesel as she shares her Ukrainian tradition of the intricate act of Pysanky.

A Pysanka is a Ukrainian Egg (traditionally made over Easter) gifted to others to demonstrate friendship, well wishes and a desire to protect against harm. Pysanky are made over several hours using a wax resistant method. Each intricate pattern, symbol and colour is imbued with meaning.

You’re invited to participate in making of a community pysanka that brings together shared desires and wishes. This Pysanka will be exhibited (displayed) throughout the festival.


Friday – Sunday (both weekends)

10.00am – Session 1

11.00am – Session 2

12.00pm – Session 3

2.00pm – Session 4

3.00pm – Session 5

4.00pm – Session 6

5.00pm – Wax melt and Psyanky reveal

The Community Psyanka will then we displayed each night for the duration of the festival – it’s an evolving and growing exhibition.


Location – North Burleigh Hub

Details – Up to 2 people per sessions (or 1 adult and 2 children)

Duration – max 45 minutes per session



Liesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer of Ukrainian and German descent, working on the unseeded lands of the Turrbal and Jagera people. She has socially-engaged practice that has seen her develop and present work around Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe. She’s passionate about using the arts to initiate dialogue between people of different backgrounds, cultures and generations. As an Independent choreographer Liesel creates large-scale public space performances including ‘The Stance’ which was performed in 10 cities world wide, awarded the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance. Other recent Independent projects include: ‘Awesome: a state of wonder and fear’ (World Science Festival 2021), ‘Our New’ (IMA Gallery 2020), ‘We and the Uncertain’ (Ukraine 2019) and ‘Inter’ (Flowstate 2018). Liesel is also a dramaturge for dance, facilitor, producer, and currently an Associate Artist for Force Majeure.

Mindy Davis

Merinda is an artist using performance, movement, installation and conversation to ask how we might reorient ourselves towards deeper care and intimacy. Her work is inspired by the environment, human and more-than-human social and ecological structures and the possibilities available to us in future imaginings. Her practice aims to find clarity and connection in the external world through deep listening, observation, and research into the emotional and physical states in our internal worlds. She grew up in Bundjalung Country, Northern NSW, and is currently living and creating on the land of the Yugambeh language group, in South East QLD.

Martyn Coutts

Martyn Coutts is an artist, researcher and educator. Martyn grew up in nipaluna/Hobart in lutrawita/Tasmania on Palawa lands. He now lives and works on Wurundjeri lands of the Kulin nation in Melbourne. Martyn’s creative work develops strategies to bring audiences and performance into relation with each other, beyond the traditional bounds of the theatre. These digital dramaturgies place the body at the centre of expansive, immersive experiences which aim to connect us to a greater understanding of our world and ourselves.

His projects have been shown extensively throughout Australia and internationally in Taiwan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Netherlands, UK, US and Canada. Martyn has been at the forefront of a decade-long movement to have performance in non-traditional spaces and contexts recognised, toured and supported in Australia. His work with LALA (Live Art List Australia), with Field Theory and on funding panels has created strong advocacy for experimental performance, live art and participatory practice throughout the country. Martyn has had a long working relationship as dramaturg with choreographer Liesel Zink, collaborating on her projects for over ten years. Martyn is a member of the Asian Dramaturgs Network.

    • Wheelchair access
    • Accessible toilet

    This work is in development - more information will be available closer to the event date.

    Click here for more information.

    Photo CreditLiesel Zink
    CollaboratorsMerinda DaviesMartyn CouttsKatina Olsen
    Free Event

    North Burleigh Hub

    Ed Hardy Park, The EsplanadeNorth Burleigh QLD 4220

    Witness the development of this work from 20 July and throughout the Festival. Check back soon for session times for the premiere of this work.
    Important Info
    • Food & beverage available on site
    • Transport options available
    • Parking
    • Free Event
    • Interactive

    Similar Events

    We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Yugambeh Language Region and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the Gold Coast. We recognise their continuing connection and contributions to country and culture. We pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.