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The Secret Life of Coral


In 2014, microbial ecologists Professors Linda Blackall and Madeleine van Oppen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, collaborated with the Small Friends Books team (Art Director, Briony Barr; Science Director, Dr. Gregory Crocetti; writer, Ailsa Wild; & artist, Aviva … Continued

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Royal Society of Victoria: school holiday workshops


The Royal Society of Victoria hosted Scale Free Network (Gregory and Briony) for two days of September school holidays art and science-based activities. In the society’s beautiful 19th century building, groups of children (ages 6-12) participated in a full day … Continued

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Australian Earth Laws Alliance workshop


Aviva, Briony and Gregory hosted a session ‘Embodying Symbiosis‘ at the Australian Earth Laws Alliance conference in Brisbane on October 21. After reading our coral symbiosis story Zobi and the Zoox, conference delegates were invited to cooperate as a group … Continued

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Microscopes in Mullumbimby


SFN Northern Rivers (Jacqui Smith in collaboration with Frauke Huhn) created a Microscope Drawing Laboratory in Mullumbimby in the October school holidays, where the ‘invisible’ world was explored as inspiration for art making.   Comprised of a series of interdisciplinary … Continued

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Symbiosis Storytelling at ArtPlay


Over two successive Sundays at ArtPlay in May, the Small Friends team facilitated workshops around The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon. Parents and children were first captivated by writer Ailsa Wild, who narrated her story. Then Ailsa, Briony, Gregory … Continued

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Ipswich Art Gallery – Microscope Drawing Lab


Ipswich Art Gallery invited Scale Free Network back to facilitate three weeks of Microscope Drawing Workshops in their fantastic children’s gallery. Jacqui and Gregory delivered workshops to 30 school class groups during the 3 week residency, following from a similar … Continued

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Ipswich Art Gallery – Microscope Drawing Lab


Scale Free Network have been invited back to Ipswich Art Gallery to facilitate a month of Microscope Drawing Workshops in their fantastic children’s gallery. Each workshop features: making microscope drawings using our set of 12 x stereo microscopes (20-40x) observing … Continued

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Microscope Drawing at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall


Eleven children participated in a school holiday Microscope Drawing workshop where found objects were investigated to produce drawings and watercolour paintings. The Drill Hall in Mullumbimby was the venue for the session, which also introduced collaborative and overhead projector drawing … Continued