Pat Pillai

Pat Pillai lives and works in the Sutherland Shire, NSW. She thrives on community art projects and combines simple techniques with readily available material to create collaborative sculptural installations. Her work is informed by a career in science and interest in psychology and art therapy. Pillai is the founder and project manager of Neural Knitworks – craft a healthy brain, an Australia wide art engagement project that invites participants to craft textile neurons and find out about neuroscience. With support from Inspiring Australia the project was developed by Pillai in collaboration with textile artist Rita Pearce and a team of volunteer advisors. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery was recently awarded best community engagement program at the IMAGinE Awards, Museums and Galleries NSW for Neural Knitworks when it was first exhibited as a National Science Week project in 2014. Pillai and Pearce have facilitated numerous Knitwork workshops, the most recent include National Science Week Launches at the Australian Museum, Sydney and QUT Library, Brisbane. Previous : Artificial Reef, (Sculpture by the Sea, 2002), Heritable Acts, (Hazelhust 2006) participant in Sydney Hyperbolic Reef Project (2009), guest of artist Hiromi Tango in Hiromi Hotel: Moonjellies (Hazelhurst 2013). Pillai warmly acknowledges the experience gained under Tango’s mentorship.

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