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).
Tal's textile based practice is strongly influenced by the work of her paternal grandmother, Australian artist Dawn Fitzpatrick (1922-2021). It combines the physical techniques of appliqué quilting and embroidery with the practice of socially-engaged art making and digital tools including social media.
Tal's work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art spaces in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Gold Coast and abroad in Sweden, Canada and America. Several of her key bodies of work are held as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Tal has received grants from Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, the Creative Suburbs Grant and the Regional Arts Development Fund through the City of Gold Coast and Arts Queensland. Along with Kate Just she was the winner of the Incinerator Gallery People's Choice Award (2020) and her art is featured in the book retrospective of Australian feminist artists 'Doing Feminism' by Anne Marsh (2021).
Tal’s academic work has been included in various publications including Care Ethics and Craft (J. Milner & G. Coombs, 2022) and Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussycats (H. Mandell, 2020). Her self-published works include a craftivism handbook titled Craftivism: A Manifesto/Methodology (2018) and a series of catalogues that document her craftivism projects.
In addition to her work as an artist and researcher Tal has accumulated a diverse range of experiences working in the non-profit and disability sectors, including as a project manager at Volunteering Queensland, a disability support worker, and as a coordinator and volunteer board member at Crossing Divides Inc.
Photos by: Claudio Kirac from Art-Work Agency and Eimhin @itsmousehouse