Witness the Sunshine Coast’s own Satellite Reef
  • Friday 08 May 2015

Explore one of the region’s most ambitious creative collaborations, the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef, at Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery from May 13 until June 28.

The Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef project, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project created by the Institute for Figuring, has become a platform to raise awareness about the condition of coral reefs around the world by crocheting mathematically accurate likenesses of corals.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef exhibition was part of an ambitious world-wide creative community project, which pays homage to one of the world’s natural wonders, Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef.

“The Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef brings together hundreds of local community members, art and science through the collaborative making of crochet coral forms included in the exhibition,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The exhibition is set to be officially launched from 4pm on Saturday, May 16 and includes sculptural sea birds and creatures by artist Tony Rice along with underwater photography of local reefs will complement this inspirational exhibition.”

Get involved in the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef exhibition
Official Opening: 4pm, Saturday, May 16. Free entry and bookings are essential.

Bookings are now open for the following public programs:

Bach and Weiss on the Lute
Friday, May 15 from 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm)
The Early Music Society of Queensland presents Bach and Weiss on the Lute with lutenist Andrew Byrne, one of Australia's leading performers on ancient European lutes and early guitars. $25 per person. Bookings are essential.

Learn to crochet hyperbolic coral with Sandie Young
Sunday, May 24 and Sunday, June 14 from 10am to noon
If you’ve admired the Satellite Reef and would like to create your own ‘coral reef’ join Sandie Young for a lesson in how to crochet these amazing forms. $7 beginner material packs are available for purchase. Bookings are essential.

Crochet Circle
Friday, June 5 and Friday, June 19 from 10am to noon
Catch up with friends at our crochet circle. Bring along your own materials and new projects to share with others. Complimentary light refreshments provided. Free activity, bookings are essential.

Kids Club
Saturday, June 6, 10am to noon
Children will be delighted by the beautiful colours, shapes, forms and textures of the crocheted corals in the Satellite Reef exhibition and will create their own cool sea creature. Free and no bookings required.

Marine Science Reef Protection Talk
Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 7.30pm
Guest speakers from Reef Check Australia and TurtleCare Sunshine Coast will present an informative evening talk about local Sunshine Coast reefs, local turtles and their connection between land and sea, coastal and marine debris and how we can all help to protect our oceans and their inhabitants. Light refreshments provided. Free, bookings are essential.

Night Dive at Caloundra Regional Gallery
Friday, June 19 from 6 to 9pm
Celebrating the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef, join us for some fun and frivolity and explore the reef without getting your feet wet. This immersive experience requires you to bring along a small torch and your adventurous spirit. Cocktails and canapés to be enjoyed on arrival while you are bathed in the glorious sound of Dva, the fabulous duo of Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier. Book early as tickets are limited at $25 per person. Bookings and pre-payment essential.

Family Fun in Felicity Park
Saturday, June 27, 10am to 3pm
Caloundra Regional Gallery will spill into Felicity Park with a range of free exciting arts and craft activities, entertainment and fun for all the family to celebrate the final days of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef exhibition. Free activity, no bookings are necessary.

Available for purchase in the Gallery Store are limited copies of the first edition of the Crochet Coral Reef book for only $60. Visit Council’s gallery website for bookings, public programs and more information.

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by the Sunshine Coast Council. Located at 22 Omrah Avenue, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

To find out more information about the background of the project at Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef visit www.crochetcoralreef.org.