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

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

Microscopic Metropoles

Research

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

Ipswich Art Gallery – Microscope Drawing Lab

Workshops

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

Zobi and the Zoox at World Science Festival Brisbane

Performance

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

Workshops

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

Workshops

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

Workshops

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

Microscope Drawing at Mullum NAIDOC Fun Day

Participatory Installation

SFN’s NSW Branch is Launched! SFN’s Jacqui Smith facilitated Microscope Drawing at this year’s NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week Family Fun Day at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre. This was the first Scale Free Network (NSW branch) … Continued

International Symbiosis Society – conference in Lisbon

Research / Symbiosis Storytelling

We had an amazing week at the International Symbiosis Society (ISS) conference in Lisbon, Portugal! Each day featured non-stop learning about different symbiotic partnerships, with posters and presentations from a broad range of scientists – such as chemists, microbiologists, entomologists, … Continued

Zobi and the Zoox Book Launch

Exhibitions / Participatory Installation / Symbiosis Storytelling

We celebrated the publication of our new book, Zobi and the Zoox, in a art-science themed evening of activities on Friday March 13th at ArtPlay. The book was officially launched by Jane Sullivan, literary journalist for The Age and the … Continued

The Invisible Torrens

Workshops

Every two years, Adelaide hosts the Come Out Festival – one of Australia’s longest-running arts festivals for children. Curated this year by Susannah Sweeney, Scale Free Network was invited to create a series of art-science workshops, focusing on the River … Continued

Drawing Water – school workshops with Regional Arts Victoria

Research / Workshops

Drawing Water workshops brings together science and art techniques to represent local water and explore water ecology health, led by microbial ecologist Dr. Gregory Crocetti and visual artist Aviva Reed. First, school students are taken to a local water body … Continued

The Invisible War

Symbiosis Storytelling

The Invisible War is an illustrated science-history graphic novel for young adults set in WWI. It follows in the footsteps of graphic novels such as Maus, Persepolis and The Terrorist, but with a unique, scientific lens, narrated at both the … Continued

Bubblegeddon

Participatory Installation / Performance

In co-bubblation with TW Fine Art, SFN undertook a day of experimentation with bubbles in the Brunswick Street Mall. We presented information about the chemistry of the bubble and provided wands and amazing bubble mix for everyone to blow really, … Continued

Drawing-as-BioMonitoring

Participatory Installation / Research

Scale Free Network have been developing the new citizen art-science concept ‘Drawing-as-BioMonitoring‘ for the last several years, at several different sampling and drawing locations. Also under the name of ‘Drawing Water’, more images can be viewed within this SFN gallery … Continued

Zobi and the Zoox: coral symbiosis story

Research / Symbiosis Storytelling

The information below is about the original version of Zobi and the Zoox (2014), created prior to our publishing collaboration with CSIRO Publishing. ______________________________________________________________ Zobi and the Zoox is a beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, set on the Great Barrier Reef. … Continued