PhD (2014- Current) Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne University. Commencement date: February 2014
Bachelor of Arts with 1st class Honours (2006-2010) Griffith University School of Humanities Gold Coast, QLD. Conferral Date: 26 March 2010, Testamur: 156788 | Major: Contemporary Arts and Studies in Arts, Creative Industries
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – TAE4011 (2013) Gold Coast Institute of Tafe, Gold Coast
Certificate III in Community Service Work (2009) Navigation Arts Business Training Course, accredited by YWCA, NSW
PM Please Quilt - Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House Canberra (November 2018 - January 2019)
#UDHR Quilt Project: Craftivism, Quilts and Human Rights - Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House Canberra (24 October 2018 - July 2019)
Troublemakers - Versus Gallery, Melbourne (14 July 2018 - 14 June 2018) Group show curated by Ben Frost.
Handle With Care - Soul Craft Festival, The Meat Market, Melbourne (9-10 June 2018) Group show curated by Sophia Cai.
Craftivism HQ - KINGS Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne (7-10 March 2018), PhD Exhibition by Tal Fitzpatrick featuring 141 works including the collaborative craftivism projects the "PM Please Quilt" and the "UDHR Quilt Project".
We Are A Sanctuary – KINGS Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne (7-29 April, 2017) Curated by Danielle Toua, Hanann Aldaqqa and Katherine Kohler
Feminist Fiber Art – Virago Gallery, Seattle USA (March-April, 2017) Curated by Iris Nectar to promote the work of fiber artists and to showcase the dynamic artistic range and possibilities within the fiber medium.
DAWN & I - George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, 30 August – 10 September 2016. This exhibition, held in the main room of the George Paton Gallery, featured Fitzpatrick's textile art work alongside the art work of her paternal grandmother textile artist Dawn Fitzpatrick who was 94 at the time of the exhibition.
IWDA Fifty Fifty Project - Igniting Change, Melbourne. A one-night exhibition of my socially engaged collaborative project with the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) featuring the 50 textile portraits created as gifts for participants who donated directly to IWDA as part of this project.
Songs of Freedom – Celebrating Democracy Quilt Exhibition, M.A.D.E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka), 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat (19 Nov 2015 – 31 Jan 2016)
hillsceneLIVE, Live art performance of socially engaged Craftivism project “PM Please”, Pop-up live art festival held in Monbulk, VIC (30 October 2015)
f Generation: Feminism, Art, Progression George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne (7-16 October 2015), Curators: Veronica Caven Aldous, Dr Juliette Peers and Caroline Phillips
Resilience: Stories in Cloth, Solo show as part of Emerald PAVE Art Festival (11 April – 17 April 2015), Emerald Community House, Emerald VIC
Grants and Awards
Graduate Research Scholarship (2014-2018)
Regional Arts Development Fund (2010) Awarded $2000 for fashion collaboration with Gold Coast designer Erin Davis
2009/2010 Gold Coast Art Centre Café Arts Annual Banner competition (2010)
Dean of Arts Honours Scholarship (2009) $3,000 scholarship to undertake Honours at Griffith University
Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2008) Griffith University School of Arts Gold Coast, QLD
Awarded for studies in the Bachelor of Arts
T.Fitzpatrick, 2018, 'Craftivism: A Manifesto/Methodology', blurb.com, Melbourne. ISBN: 9781388836900
T.Fitzpatrick, 2018, 'IWDA Fifty-Fifty Project', blurb.com, Melbourne. ISBN: 978-1388758318
T.Fitzpatrick, 2016, ‘Chapter 3: Community Disaster Resilience’ in B. Clements, et al., 2016, Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response (2nd Edition) Elsevier Inc., Oxford. ISBN: CLEMENTS-9780128019801
T.Fitzpatrick and Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, 2015, ‘Crafting Change: Practicing Activism in Contemporary Australia’ in Craft Rhetorics, Harlot of Hearts edition no.14. Accessible from: http://harlotofthearts.org/index.php/harlot/article/view/290/185
Creyton, T.Fitzpatrick, T. Monteiro, 2014, ‘Engaging Learners: A Community Partner’s Perspective’, in Engaging Australia – University Community Engagement and Service Learning, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd, Newcastle.
T.Fitzpatrick, J. Molloy, 2013, The Role of NGOs in Building Sustainable Community Resilience, QUT 9th annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction, p.1-14
Dr A. McAlpine, T. Fitzpatrick, 2012, International Students – Community Engagement Program, Engage Australia Conference, Brisbane
Online Details: http://engagementaustralia.org.au/next-steps-conference/2012-conference/ accessed on 26/08/2013
Jende, T. Fitzpatrick, 2011, Creating Impact, Artspoken Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Conference, online details: http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/arts/resources/artspoken-session.pdf
Fitzpatrick, 2013, Re-thinking International Student Engagement in Volunteering, Innovate research Bulletin, edition 8, p.2-4
T.Fitzpatrick 2014, Community Capacity Building – The Road to Community Resilience, Innovate Research Bulletin, edition 9, p. 7-8
T.Fitzpatrick (ed) 2012, Resilience, Innovate Research Bulletin, edition 7, p.1-20
M. Creyton, T.Fitzpatrick, 2012, Adaptive Leadership for Volunteer Managers, Innovate research Bulletin, edition 6, p.2-4
T.Fitzpatrick, 2011, A Significant Contribution, Innovate research Bulletin, edition 5, p.5-7
Conference/ Symposium presentations
T.Fitzpatrick, 21-23 February 2018, 'Craftivism: Feminist Change Making', presented at the Women*, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970 Symposium, VCA & MCM University of Melbourne, Southbank Campus.
T.Fitzpatrick, M.Mayhew and T.Splawa-Neyman, 14-17 December 2016 ‘Making Change: Textiles, gender and power’ presented at the 11th Association for Cultural Studies ‘Crossroads in Cultural Studies’ conference, Sydney University, Sydney.
T.Fitzpatrick, 1-3 Dec 2016, ‘Craftivism: driving social change as a durational performance of dissensus’, presented at the Technicity, Temporality and Embodiment 10th International Somatechnics Conference, hosted by the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University, Byron Bay.
T.Fitzpatrick, C.Phillips, M.Mackay, M.Macfarlane and A. Speirs, 27-28 September 2016, ‘Creating with Communities: A panel conversation on the ethics of Socially Engaged Art’ presented at the iDare 2016: Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation Conference, held at VCA, University of Melbourne.
T.Fitzpatrick, 29 June – 1 July 2016, ‘Craftivism’, The Popular Culture Association POPCAANZ 7th Annual International Conference, Sydney University Village, Sydney.
T.Fitzpatrick, 27-19 September 2015, ‘Diffraction and Dissensus: Diffraction methodologies for dissensual art making’, VI International New Materialisms Conference, VCA &MCA Melbourne University.
T.Fitzpatrick, 5-7 November 2014, ‘Building and Enhancing Community Resilience’, Texas Department of State Health Services Annual Preparedness Coalition Symposium, Galveston, Texas USA
T.Fitzpatrick, 29-30 August 2013, ‘Virtual Volunteering’, City and County: Volunteering Innovation in the 21st Century, Albury NSW
T.Fitzpatrick, 5 May 2013, ‘Community Resilience’, Regenerating: People Place Prosperity Preparedness Forum, Kinglake VIC
T.Fitzpatrick, 29 February 2012, The Role of Local Leadership in Community Resilience, LGAQ State Conference, Rockhampton QLD
T.Fitzpatrick, 4 – 5 October 2012, Creativity for the Non-Profit Sector, Innovate Symposium 2.0, Griffith University Eco Center, Brisbane QLD. Online Details: http://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/web/index.php/policy-research/menu/innovate/innovate-symposium/665-innovate-symposium-20
M.Creyton, T.Fitzpatrick, 2012, Rountable Presentation: Community Engaged Learning for International Students, Engage Australia Conference, Brisbane
Online Details: http://engagementaustralia.org.au/next-steps-conference/2012-conference/ accessed on 26/08/2013
T.Fitzpatrick, 18 – 19 August 2011, Being Creatively Engaged, Innovate Symposium, Griffith University Eco Centre, Brisbane QLD
Online details: http://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/web/index.php/policy-research/menu/innovate/innovate-symposium/664-innovate-symposium-10
T.Fitzpatrick, 4 November 2009, When Art meets An ‘Other’: Indigenous Australian Art, Griffith University Centre for Public Culture and Ideas Graduate Symposium
In the Press
Ani Lee, Close Knit Podcast, Episode 35 'Tal Fitzpatrick - Creativity's Role In Community Resilience & Viewing Craftivism through a Constructive and Hopeful Lens' (28 February 2018) accessible from: http://www.closeknit.com.au/podcast/episode35
Trip Magazine, Tripple R FM, 102.7Mhz, write up of radio interview on Subversive use of Craft. (March 2018) https://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/news/the-trip-has-landed/
Karen Hardy, The Canberra Times (21 March 2017), 'Quilt stitched with personal messages to Malcolm Turnbull finds home at MOAD' accessible from: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/quilt-stitched-with-personal-messages-to-malcolm-turnbull-finds-home-at-moad-20170320-gv1vo9.html
Helen Musa, City News Canberra (20 March 2017) 'PM Please... Listen To Our Quilt' accessible from: http://citynews.com.au/2017/pm-please-listen-quilt/
Joanne Brookfield (16 March 2016) The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, “Craft activists are changing the world, one stitch at a time” accessible from: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/craft-activists-are-changing-the-world-one-stitch-at-a-time-20160316-gn7801.html
More Gold Coast, “Quilting as a passion, a hobby and a political statement” (26 June 2015) accessible from: http://www.moregoldcoast.com.au/quilting-a-passion-a-hobby-and-a-political-statement/
I have been interviewed on the following radio programs in relation to my craftivism practice and projects: Triple R’s Sunday Lunch ‘Subversive Melbourne’ show (8/10/2017), ABC Gold Coast’s Saturday conversations program (11/3/2017), ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program (7/7/2017), ABC Radio National (7/3/2017), ABC Canberra’s drive program (20/3/2017), and on the 2CC breakfast program (20/3/2017).
Project Delivery/Workshop Facilitation
Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership project, 2011-2014, Locations: Cairns, Ipswich, Mackay, Charleville, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Gatton, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Fernvale, Biloela, Tweed, Taree, Kingaroy, Goonellabah, Grafton, Rosedale, Atherton, Byron Bay. Further details available online: http://www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au
National Student Volunteer Week, 2013, online details: http://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/NSVW
QUT International Student Volunteer Initiative, 2012-2013
UNESCO Looking Beyond Disasters Forum #3, Auckland NZ. 4, 5, 6 December 2012. And UNESCO Looking Beyond Disasters Forum #2, Sendai, Japan. 16, 17, 18, 19 August 2012. Contributed to the drafting of a recommendation report of handling natural disasters from a youth perspective which was presented to the UN http://emergencyvolunteering.com.au/home/projects/menu/unesco-youth-looking-beyond-disasters-forums
Access Arts and Autism Gold Coast, 2011-2012, Disability support worker
Volunteer arts worker for SCISCO – a Gold Coast youth support service for youth at risk, running arts workshops and facilitating the painting workshop of the “O.A.T” (Being Outdoor Achieving Transformations) program
Research assistant for Professor Paul Tacon as part of Anaru Bay- Wellington Range NT Collaborative Archaeological Research Project (July 2010)
Volunteer with Gold Coast City Art Gallery, 2010
Workshop facilitator for Gold Coast City Council “make your mark” workshop series 2010