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CASP Highlight | Microscopes in Mullumbimby

In the lead up to Regional Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grants round opening Friday 26 May, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite CASP projects from across regional NSW. Got an idea for a project? Click here for updates on the round and guidelines.


In 2016, a successful CASP project saw young art-scientists participate in workshops by Scale Free Network Northern Rivers.
Supported by the Country Arts Support Program, Scale Free Network created a Microscope Drawing Laboratory in Mullumbimby during the October 2016 school holidays, where the ‘invisible’ world was explored by children as inspiration for art making.
The program comprised of a series of interdisciplinary workshops, open day, and an exhibition at the Mullumbimby Library where participants where able to share their work with the wider community. The project was supported by the local Northern Rivers community, and saw the forging of creative connections between 113 enthusiastic young art-scientists from the region.
Regional Arts NSW Manager, Grants & Projects Prudence Tan says, “Projects like Microscopes in Mullumbimby really highlight the great community based workshops CASP funding can provide. It’s exciting to see projects like this engaging specifically with the next generation, and encouraging links between science and creativity.”
Microscopes in Mullumbimby was also more successful than originally anticipated, and engaged a large audience. I’m looking forward to seeing more great CASP projects roll out across the regions!”
Microscopes in Mullumbimby was supported by Create NSW’s (formerly Arts NSW) Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Development Organisations on behalf of the NSW Government.