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Swarm: Art installation & exhibition

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TCV Skelton Grange

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Swarm

Walk inside a ‘hive’ of 50,000 bees

19th August – 16th September 2017

Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm

The Swarm exhibition and installations have been inspired by bees, wildflowers and our natural environment, using materials reflecting Leeds’ industrial heritage.

Laney Birkhead’s inspirational Swarm installation will be at the heart of the exhibition, and visitors will be able to walk inside a ‘hive’ of 50,000 hand printed bees. This magical experience was explored and enjoyed by so many people at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley last year, and we are delighted to be able to bring this opportunity back to Leeds. A documentary film produced by Paul Harris will also be screened, which tells the story of how hundreds of people from all over Yorkshire helped print the 50,000 bees, and turn them into an art installation.

This event is extra special as it will also feature new permanent willow, wood, ceramic and beeswax artworks made for Skelton Grange with support from Leeds Inspired and Grow Wild. These new artworks have been made by Leeds schools and community groups, and will include a ceramic wildflower meadow inspired by the Tower of London poppies, carved spoons made of wood harvested from the Skelton Grange nature area, and a record of the site’s wildflowers through the seasons preserved in natural beeswax.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy and buy beautiful art and craft work created by the Swarm collective of twelve local artists and makers in response to the plight of the honeybee and other pollinators - their range of prints, glass, jewellery, prints, film, ceramics and textiles are truly inspiring to see. Interesting pieces to listen to will include the Be One soundscape from the ‘Hive’ exhibition at Kew Gardens, featuring sounds of the beehive. There will also be talks from Peter Reasbeck on beekeeping (19th August 1pm) and Buglife’s Andrew Cutts on making Leeds a ‘Buzzing City’ (23rd August 6pm). Teas, coffee and gorgeous cake from friendly vegan Leeds bakery, That Old Chestnut will be available, and you can also wander around Skelton Grange’s beautiful nature area….


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