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Architectural model made by Georgia Neesham and Debbie Chessell

Architectural model made by Georgia Neesham and Debbie Chessell

What is the beehive project?

A beehive is a natural collective, formed by a series of individuals who contribute unique skills and processes to enrich the whole

Through the process of building and touring a 12ft geodesic hive lined with knitting, textiles, artworks and more, I will run various multi-media events (workshops, events, open calls, campaigns, collaborations) with the overall aim to:

  • Unite isolated groups within Tolworth and the Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

  • Provide creative, supportive spaces for people to express themselves using their unique skills

  • Celebrate everyone’s individuality while championing community cohesion

  • Encourage residents to re-imagine their local area through play

how can i get involved?

This public art project is all about collaboration, so there’s many opportunities to get involved whether you’re a local, a creative, a brand, an organisation and more! Read below to find out more about the project structure and current opportunities available:

 

PROJECT STRUCTURE & OPPORTUNITIES

Stage 1: tHE BUILD

MAY - AUGUST 2019

The Beehive is an interactive public artwork. It’s skeleton will be formed of a geodesic structure made from locally sourced materials. Inside, the Beehive will be lined with submitted artworks, donated clothes, handmade textiles and more to make a bright and fascinating space. The outside of the Hive will have an elegant, translucent waterproof cover made from recycled sails, tents and other fabrics, allowing the space to glow.

ARTWORK OPEN CALL:   Exhibit with The Beehive: make a bee in any medium and post it to us before July 10th and your artwork will be exhibited in the Beehive as it tours!   Read the submission details here (best viewed on a computer)

ARTWORK OPEN CALL:

Exhibit with The Beehive: make a bee in any medium and post it to us before July 10th and your artwork will be exhibited in the Beehive as it tours!

Read the submission details here (best viewed on a computer)

DONATE YOUR OLD CLOTHES:   Send the project your beloved old clothes and not only will it be used to make the lining of the Beehive, but a photograph of the garment and your memories of it will be published in the project’s book.   Find out how to donate your clothing here (best viewed on a computer)

DONATE YOUR OLD CLOTHES:

Send the project your beloved old clothes and not only will it be used to make the lining of the Beehive, but a photograph of the garment and your memories of it will be published in the project’s book.

Find out how to donate your clothing here (best viewed on a computer)

TAKE PART VIA WORKSHOPS:   Are you a school, hospital, community group, retirement home or any other organisation that benefits the community? Get in contact to arrange a free creative workshop to help build the Beehive.   Contact Debbie here

TAKE PART VIA WORKSHOPS:

Are you a school, hospital, community group, retirement home or any other organisation that benefits the community? Get in contact to arrange a free creative workshop to help build the Beehive.

Contact Debbie here

SUPPORT THE PROJECT:   The Beehive Project is 2/3 funded and will be Crowdfunding throughout June to raise the remaining funds. Contact me if you’d like to back, collaborate with, sponsor or arrange press for the campaign.   Contact Debbie here

SUPPORT THE PROJECT:

The Beehive Project is 2/3 funded and will be Crowdfunding throughout June to raise the remaining funds. Contact me if you’d like to back, collaborate with, sponsor or arrange press for the campaign.

Contact Debbie here

stage 2: The tour

AUGUST - OCTOBER 2019


The Beehive will go on tour around Tolworth, Kingston Upon Thames, Surbiton, Long Ditton and other areas as a public art work and a free creative venue for workshops and ideas. We aim to hold a new event in the Beehive every day, showcasing local creativity and innovation. The Beehive will be exhibited in a myriad of venue types, resulting in a massive footfall and public awareness.

 
TOUR VENUES:   The Beehive Project is currently swarming to find venues for the tour - if you would like to exhibit a public artwork full of events and workshops, do get in contact!   Contact Debbie here

TOUR VENUES:

The Beehive Project is currently swarming to find venues for the tour - if you would like to exhibit a public artwork full of events and workshops, do get in contact!

Contact Debbie here

TOUR EVENTS:   Do you have a bright idea that you’ve always wanted to try out? The Beehive will be a free venue available to host workshops, performances, lectures, projects, talks, events and anything else you can think of. If you have something in mind please send me a proposal!   Fill out a proposal here

TOUR EVENTS:

Do you have a bright idea that you’ve always wanted to try out? The Beehive will be a free venue available to host workshops, performances, lectures, projects, talks, events and anything else you can think of. If you have something in mind please send me a proposal!

Fill out a proposal here

 
 

donate to the beehive project

This is a non-profit project that is able to run thanks to incredibly generous grant awards and donations. If you would like to support the project’s growth and continuation by donating, please hit the button below.

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