The Secret Life of Coral

Participatory Installation / Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

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

A Hierarchy of Eddies

Exhibitions / Research / Upcoming

Big whorls have little whorls which feed on their velocity, And little whorls have lesser whorls And so on to viscosity.  Lewis Fry Richardson, 1881 – 1953. English mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist & poet.  Part scientific-model, part black-box theatre, A … Continued

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

Getting our hands dirty (researching two new soil stories)

Research / Symbiosis Storytelling / Upcoming

Scale Free Network will again collaborate with writer Ailsa Wild and visual ecologist Aviva Reed to creatively develop two new stories in the groundbreaking Small Friends book series. Set on the micro-scale, ‘The Forest in the Tree’ will be inspired … Continued

Australian Earth Laws Alliance workshop

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

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

Microscopes in Mullumbimby

Exhibitions / Workshops

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

Launching The Invisible War

Exhibitions / Symbiosis Storytelling

Mission to launch The Invisible War: Accomplished! The Royal Society of Victoria hosted our action-packed launch of The Invisible War – featuring: former Victorian premier Ted Bailieu (chair of the ANZAC centenary committee); ABC Science Show host Robyn Williams as … Continued

Regional Arts Victoria Tour: The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

Small Friends Books toured across Victoria, reading The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon to hundreds of primary school children.

Rights for the Reef: All Ages workshop

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

The Small Friends Books team explored the complex science and contested legal status of coral…

The Invisible War: School Testing

Research / Symbiosis Storytelling

As a part of our preparation of The Invisible War, Briony, Gregory and Ailsa ventured out to school classrooms around Victoria to see what children thought about our new graphic novel. Through a combination of formal questionnaires and informal conversation, … Continued

Microscopic Metropoles


During our visit to Western Australia, we visited Yalgorup National Park. The name Yalgorup is derived from the Nyoongar words yalgor, meaning ‘a swamp or lake’ and up, meaning ‘a place of’. While most people visit Yalgorup to see the … Continued

Symbiosis Storytelling at ArtPlay

Symbiosis Storytelling / Workshops

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

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

Ipswich Art Gallery – Microscope Drawing Lab

Upcoming / Workshops

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

Zobi and the Zoox at World Science Festival Brisbane


World Science Festival Brisbane hosted Scale Free Network’s presentation of Zobi and the Zoox in the Festival Lab, as a part of the weekend extravaganza of Street Science activities. Ailsa Wild delivered a narration-only performance of our coral symbiosis story … Continued

Bubble-ology at World Science Festival Brisbane

Participatory Installation / Performance

The good folks at World Science Festival Brisbane invited Scale Free Network to create a participatory art-science installation – featuring gigantic bubbles! Jacqui Smith and Gert Geyer stepped up to create some of the most stunning bubbles we’ve ever seen…in … Continued

Little Laboratory at Joey Club Brisbane

Exhibitions / Participatory Installation / Research

Scale Free Network were artists-in-residence at the Joey Club Brisbane, working with early childhood educators to create the Little Laboratory, an art-science space for children’s discovery, investigation and creativity. Small groups of children, aged 3 to 5, focused on close looking, shared wonder, beauty in … Continued

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

Microscope Drawing at Mullumbimby Library


The Mullumbimby Library (part of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library Service) hosted a Microscope Drawing session for children as part of their school holiday program. Tables were set up in the library with microscopes and specimens, and an enthusiastic group … Continued

Art Vs Science Festival – Molecular Sculpture

Participatory Installation

Scale Free Network’s Molecular Sculpture activity was part of the Art Vs Science Festival, one-day science, art and music festival at the Lismore City Hall organised by The Northern Rivers Science Hub from Southern Cross University as a part of a National … Continued

Art-Science Lab at St John’s Primary School


Jacqui set up an Art-Science Laboratory at St John’s Primary School in Mullumbimby during National Science Week 2015. The series of workshops was presented grades 3-4 and 5-6 with the assistance of teacher Tracy Taitoko. It was a busy day … Continued