Artisan. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre is proud to present Neural Knitworks, a community art project promoting mind and brain health produced in partnership with ANSTO, Inspiring Australia and the Southern Sydney Science Hub. The exhibition will run from 22 August to 16 September in Hazelhurst Community Gallery.
Over 2,000 people from all over Australia have contributed to the project by knitting, crocheting, weaving or wrapping brain neurons that have been joined together with others by artists Pat Pillai and Rita Pearce to create a large soft sculptural representation of the brain, which forms the basis of the exhibition. Also featured alongside the ‘large brain’ are a variety of artists’ responses to the concept.
The idea to knit and weave brain cells was developed by local textile artist and medical scientist, Pat Pillai, following a mentorship with Hiromi Tango and builds on the success of the collaborative project Hiromi Hotel: Moon Jellies. The concept was the winning pitch at the 2013 Ultimo Science Festival Art & Science Soiree in Sydney.
Neurons are electrically excitable cells of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The billions of neurons in the body connect to each other in neural networks. They receive signals from every sense, control movement, create memories, and form the neural basis of every thought.
“Yarn craft, with its mental challenges, social connection and mindfulness, helps keep our brains fit,” said Pat, who invited people to follow the project’s scientifically-informed knit, crotchet or knot patterns – or even respond to inspirational images to create new patterns.
The interactive Neural Knitworks exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery is a fun, family friendly event and is the first in a series of travelling art exhibitions that that will present ‘the brain’throughout Australia accompanied by talks featuring leading neuroscientists.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Hazelhurst will host a free Neural Knitworks Forum in Hazelhurst Theatrette on Sunday 24 August from 10.30am. The Forum will include three sessions on brain health – Craft a Healthy Brain, Neuroscience Research and Reduce your risk of Dementia – and is part of Hazelhurst’s Art Fest and Wild Ones Market event which will also include a Neural Knitworks workshop, African Beading, Tattooed faces, Drumming workshop, Family guided tours, Face painting, Roving musicians, Wild Ones Art & Craft Design Market and much more!
For further details please visit www.hazelhurst.com.au.