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Monday, 11 July 2016

Make a beeline for this exhibition

A walk-in ‘beehive’ with more than 50,000 individually hand-printed bees is the centerpiece of an exhibition at Danby's Inspired by ... gallery by a collective of artists responding to the plight of the honeybee and other pollinators.

Swarm of Bees.

Swarm is led by Harrogate printmaker and beekeeper Laney Birkhead, whose huge installation Swarm of Bees is the result of a year of workshops across the county. The exhibition runs from Friday 22 July to Tuesday 9 August 2016

Laney said: "I’m a beekeeper as well as an artist and wanted to make a strong statement about the plight of the honeybees and other pollinators.
Laney Birkhead.

“As lead artist I will present my large Swarm print, an interactive installation piece, alongside my own new work made especially for this exhibition focusing on the decline of our honeybees. Around 225m square it will show 50,000 bees printed onto fabric as part of a community eco project I have worked on throughout 2015/16.

“By bringing together installation, sound, film and innovative arts and crafts I hope to raise awareness of this issue and inspire a deeper love for our planet and its pollinators. I hope that visitors will see the strong connection between pollinating insects, our food crops, our own gardens and their own actions.”

A healthy hive contains around 50,000 bees – and it takes around 50,000 ‘bee miles’ to produce a pound of honey.

Throughout the exhibition there will be a series of bee-related arts and crafts workshops.

Further information:

Visitors can meet many of the artists at the gallery on Saturday 23 July from noon to 3pm.

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