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Satellite Reef – Albany

'Aggregate' Albany Satellite Reef began in November 2009, and was initiated by the artist group MIX as a project for the annual PIAF Regional Festival, held in February 2010 in Albany, Western Australia. A link was made with the Western Australian Museum - Albany, which hosted several Hyperbolic Crochet workshops at local beaches, in conjunction with the Museum's Holiday Activities for Children.

A beautiful peninsula of the Albany Reef, as seen at the WA Museum – Albany. Photo by Barbara Madden.

Organizers also hosted an initial MIX Workshop, where the worldwide project was introduced to interested artists, teachers, and craft practitioners. Leaflets were circulated throughout the city and region, which generated more and more interest. Many people were already aware of the global project via a Radio National Arts Program segment.

Albany became a hive of crochet activity throughout summer. People were crocheting on beaches, boats, cafes, cars, in bed, at Bookclubs, and even on Christmas Day as an alternative to backyard cricket!

Mother and daughter crochet at the Emu Point workshop.

The first exhibition of the Albany Reef as in the local Library. The Museum display was firstly housed in their Mt Barker Co-op Building, on the wooden floor, and in the windows, for one week. It was re-figured for a second showing in the Eclipse Building gallery space, where it remained for three weeks. It’s estimated that well over 1000 people viewed this Reef exhibition.

A close-up of the Albany Reef’s colorful coral. Photo by Barbara Madden.

Since the Library exhibition, there was a short two-day showing at a local Festival of the Sea, which takes place annually over Easter. Again, many viewers responded enthusiastically and with great delight. The future of the Albany Reef is currently being discussed , and we plan to house it temporarily in a window space within the University of WA (Albany Annex) building. Organizers hope to eventually tour the Reef, as well as bring smaller-scale displays to several local schools.