1-11 AUGUST 2024 View all 2024 events

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Presented by BLEACH*

Presented by BLEACH*

Feeling cross or comfy? with Tal Fitzpatrick and Melissa Spratt.

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at finger knitting or cross-stitching, this beginner-friendly craft workshop is for you. Led by artists Melissa Spratt and Tal Fitzpatrick, embrace this mindful act of creation that can be practised anywhere, from the couch to the coastline.

Price includes all materials.



Tal Fitzpatrick is an Australian artist, craftivist and researcher based on the unceded lands of the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh language region. She holds a PhD in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Griffith University (2010). In 2024 she was selected for HOTA's ArtKeeper residency program. 

Tal is best known for her work in the field of craftivism and, along with collaborators such as Kate Just and Stephanie Dunlap, she has led several global craftivism projects that tackle significant social, political and environmental issues including the @Covid19quilt (2020), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Quilt Project (2016-2018) and the PM Please Quilt Project (2017).


    Melissa Spratt is a textile artist who lives and works on the Gold Coast. Spratt studied at Queensland College of Art in a Bachelor of Digital Media Honours, Fine Art. Spratt has worked with various mediums; painting, photography, drawing and printmaking, but has found most enjoyment in sculpture and installation. Exploring textile and surface design elements, she works closely with yarn making techniques, where she is most known for her finger-knitted artworks. Spratt has won and been finalist in numerous awards and prizes, more recently a finalist in the 2022 Wollumbin Art Award, and BAM art Prize. She also facilitates workshops for festivals, libraries and schools. Spratt was the 2018 invited AiR at The Walls Art Space in Miami, where she had a solo exhibition titled ‘Essential Existence’. In 2019 Melissa was AiR at 11th Ave Creative in Palm Beach and was the first AiR at Relative Creative, where she collaborated on work for ‘Gold Coast City Futures Forum’. After success at The Other Art Fair Melbourne, Melissa was given a place at The Other Art Fair Sydney, where she was listed in the ‘Top 20 artists to watch’. Spratt has been successful in several grants, including a RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) project which was completed in 2021 titled ‘SENSITISED’ comprising a body of 10 textile artworks, a print photo series and a documentary film. Melissa has achieved a place in the 2023/24 cohort for Generate GC where she has began a collaborative project. She now looks forward to working within the arts sector more and continuing to collaborate and exhibit new work in the near future.

      • Wheelchair access
      • Accessible toilet

      This workshop is delivered both through visual and spoken word instructions. The workshop will have a relaxed atmosphere and people of all abilities are encouraged to attend.
      Some BLEACH* workshops use tables as working spaces, some are more likely to have the majority of participants seated on the ground.
      Most workshops require some ability to grip and manoeuvre fabrics and textiles, but this will differ from workshop to workshop.
      It may be possible to modify the workshop to accommodate individual access needs.

      If you have questions about whether this workshop is right for you, please contact our friendly BLEACH* team in advance, or see the Access Team Member at the Hub on the day.

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      PhotoClaudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency
      Ticket prices
      • Adult$15
      • A booking fee will be applied at checkout.

      Ed Hardy Park

      The Esplanade, North BurleighQLD 4220

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      Saturday 10 Aug1:00 PM
      All times are QLD AEST
      Important Info
      • Food & beverage available on site
      • Transport options available
      • Suitable for all ages
      • Parking
      • General Admission
      • Ticketed
      • Family

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      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.