Satellite Reef – Introduction to the Program

We appreciate the enthusiasm of the many people who learn of the Crochet Coral Reef and want to participate. If your institution would like to host a Satellite Reef, please read this page and submit an Inquiry. We require all institutions to sign a contract, and agree to a programming fee before you begin.

As of 2021, our Satellite Reef program has involved nearly 20,000 crafters, from New York, London, and Melbourne, to Latvia, Germany, Finland, the UAE, and many other places. The Institute For Figuring has cultivated this global network since 2005. Making a Satellite Reef means official inclusion in the Crochet Coral Reef community and its media, including our books. A Satellite Reef is usually conducted over 6-12 months with an exhibition of the finished Reef in a dedicated space. We only partner with institutions, and do not undertake Satellite Reefs with individual artists or artist collectives; nor do we work with short durational festivals.

Partnership Agreement and Programming Fee

A Satellite Reef begins with a host institution – a gallery, museum, college, craft center, etc. The Institute For Figuring (IFF) determines a programming fee based on geographical scope of the proposed Reef and duration of the project. There is a formal Partnership Agreement host institutions are required to sign before you start. The IFF will then provide assistance with planning and production. The longer you run the program, the bigger it will get: the project is truly grassroots and participation tends to be exponential as word spreads. Dedicated personnel and resources are also vital.

IFF Support

The IFF provides support with all aspects of the project. We’ve worked with many venues and can advise on community organizing, as well as readying thousands of pieces of coral for display. The IFF also provides a beautiful How-To Crochet Hyperbolic Coral brochure, plus wall texts about the project content – the mathematics, environmental impact, global warming, and community art practice. All Satellite Reefs are acknowledged on our CCR website and related materials, including our books. The contextualization of your Satellite Reef within the larger CCR community is paramount to its strength. Organizers are responsible for ensuring this framing is understood by participants and sponsors.

To Get Started

Please send an email that includes:

  • Brief introduction to your institution and proposed timeframe for your Satellite Reef
  • Name, position, and contact info for person making the inquiry

Send email to: mail@theiff.org