What is The Beehive Project?
I am building a giant Beehive (for humans) as part of my artist residency with SHEDx. The Beehive itself is a 12ft handmade geodesic structure lined with an array of submitted artwork, donated textiles, and things made during free community workshops run by me. The Beehive will then go on tour for 3 months around Tolworth and surrounding boroughs as a public artwork and free activity space to be used by locals in whichever way they imagine.
Why a Beehive?
A beehive is a natural collective, formed by a series of individuals who contribute unique skills and processes to enrich their community as a whole. 'The Beehive', therefore, felt like the perfect metaphor for the project: a public art installation that champions community cohesion and celebrates individuals, offering them a supportive space to exhibit their skill sets and methods of self-expression. The project supports the environment through collaborating with local hives, the recycling of donated clothing and working with artists to provide creative eco-friendly artworks.
The Beehive can be split into two main chunks - The Build and The Tour.
The build of The Beehive aims to involve local communities around Tolworth, Kingston, Surbiton, Long Ditton, and surrounding areas in various ways. To make the internal lining of The Beehive, I am running free inclusive creative workshops with schools, hospitals, care homes and an array of social groups. I will be teaching individuals new skills and encouraging people to work together. An international open call for handmade bees is running until July 10th, inviting creatives to submit their work to be exhibited in the Beehive as it tours. Recycled textiles will be used to make the lining - those donated with a personal memory will feature in the project's book (published by Sampson Low Ltd). The geodesic structure will be built using local materials in collaboration with SHEDx and the design and architecture firm the 121 Collective.
The Beehive installation will tour the local area visiting a variety of public spaces for a minimum of 3 months. The Beehive will be a constantly evolving space full of workshops, performances, film screenings, talks, events and more, highlighting all the creative talent existing in the local area and giving people an accessible platform to playfully experiment with their ideas.
MAY - SEPTEMBER 2019
SEPTEMBER 2019 ONWARDS
wHAT HAS tHE bEEHIVE BEEN UP TO SO FAR?
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