Microscopes in Mullumbimby
Location: Mullumbimby, Northern NSW (Arts Northern Rivers)
Contribution: $5,000 – Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
In October 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 said, “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.”
Image: Microscopes in Mullumbimby workshop. Photo by Kurt H Anderson, courtesy of the Scale Free Network.
- 113 attendees (91% local to the area)
- 58 children participants
- 2 paid artists
- Children and parents engaged in Art & Science learning and play
- New partnerships with the Byron School of Art and Mullumbimby Library
- Working with a local scientist and educator opened up new opportunities for the Scale Free Network, as did the partnership with the Byron School of Art
- The project enabled the Scale Free Network to establish itself in the Northern Rivers as an art-science collaborative.
The large community turn-out showed a demand for a larger event with more workshops and a longer residency. Similar projects will be organised by the Scale Free Network in the future.
For more information visit scalefreenetwork.com.au
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.