Pat Pillai is a community artist with a background in science and an interest in psychology and art therapy. Following on from her participation in Hiromi Tango’s interactive exhibition Hiromi Hotel: Moon Jellies in 2013, Pat founded Neural Knitworks: craft a healthy brain as a National Science Week Project in 2014.
Dozens of workshops were held to amass hundreds of textile neurons donated towards a giant brain exhibition held at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. This project was recently awarded for best community engagement in the Museums and Galleries NSWIMAGinE Awards.
Neural Knitworks continues to present workshops across Australia at which neuroscientists come together with community members to promote brain and mind health through the practice of yarn craft.