1-11 AUGUST 2024 View all 2024 events

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Presented by BLEACH*

Presented by BLEACH*

Make your own nature brushes with Norton Fredericks and Kuweni Dias Mendis

Perch your canvas alongside Indigenous artist Norton Fredericks and Sri Lankan artist Kuweni Dias Mendis, as they unravel the art of creating your own nature brushes. Sharing their knowledge of plants and chemistry, you’ll get the chance to paint with botanical inks, creating a masterpiece fashioned from flora.

Price includes all materials.



Norton Fredericks (they/ he) born 1990 in Tulmur, Ipswich is a queer visual artist and workshop facilitator. Norton has mixed European and Aboriginal Australian (Murri) heritage and currently lives on Kombumerri Country, Gold Coast. Their work is at the intersection of science and art, exploring the dialogue between environmental sustainability, queer ecologies and First Nations knowledges. Investigating these themes through research and practice-based artwork Norton explores historical and ancient techniques in a contemporary way that is often site specific, responding to place and Country. As Norton examines how elements interact with materials, they use the mechanics of natural fibres, organic chemistry, microscopy, and metals to imbue their work with geographical memory. There is deep consideration for the sustainable materials chosen, focusing on the recyclable or compostable. Due to their relational approach, their work aims to overcome plant blindness and inspire deeper environmental care.


    Kuweni, a Sri Lankan-Australian artist based in Beechmont Australia and Bibile Sri Lanka, draws inspiration from her diasporic experience, weaving a rich tapestry of culture and identity in her work. A certified Regenerative Practitioner from Regenesis USA, Kuweni employs raw mark making, regenerative practices, and cultural facilitation in her artistic endeavors. Her creations, rooted in ritual and ceremony, delve into the pulsation of place, reflecting a profound connection to her diverse heritage and serving as a testament to her commitment to arts activism and cultural regeneration.

      • Wheelchair access
      • Primarily visual content
      • 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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      PhotoNorton Fredericks
      Ticket prices
      • Adult$15
      • A booking fee will be applied at checkout.

      Ed Hardy Park

      The Esplanade, North BurleighQLD 4220

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      Sunday 11 Aug1:00 PM
      All times are QLD AEST
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      • Food & beverage available on site
      • Transport options available
      • Suitable for all ages
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      • General Admission
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