A range of projects around the world where people are using the arts to draw attention to the plight of honeybees.

KEEP THE GLOBAL HIVE ALIVE

Small and vital, bees work together for the good of the whole ecosystem. They are excellent pollinators who bring the abundance of food to our gardens and farms by transferring pollen as they collect the nectar and pollen from the flowers.

A Community Arts Project initiated by Julie Armstrong to raise awareness of the importance of bees for pollination for a whopping 2/3 of our food production. Fruit and nuts including apples, almonds, avocados, cherries, kiwifruit, apricots, peanuts, blueberries, plums, mangos, oranges, peaches, pears, watermelon and honeydew melons. Vegetables and seeds including beans, broccoli, carrots,cucumbers, cauliflower, celery, onions, pumpkins, squash and sunflowers. Livestock feed including clover and lucerne all depend on honeybees for pollination.

What is your favourite food on the Global Hive?

Tears of Ra KYRA CRAMER

Tears of Ra KYRA CRAMER

“The Sun-god Ra wept again and the water from his eyes flowed to the ground and transformed itself into working bees, working in flowers and trees of all kinds, creating honey and wax from the tears of RA.” passage found in ancient Egyptian scriptures.
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Heart of Gold by Lea Bradovich

Heart of Gold by Lea Bradovich

“My magical realist portraits depict a playful engagement with nature in her guise as the eternal feminine. Allegorical figures wear honeycomb garb, butterfly crowns, and caterpillar necklaces. Last summer’s leaves are raiment for their decorative pleasure, metaphoric compost for the eye. Mythopoetic headgear is often entomological, hats display life cycles, food sources and sometimes predators as well.”
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Swarm- Art -Travel Lia Martinali NL

Swarm- Art -Travel Lia Martinali NL

“The Swarm -Art- Travel is a socially interactive project, consisting of 12 artists suitcases that travelled from beekeeper to beekeeper. Each beekeeper spent one month with one of the suitcases in their keep and then handed it on to a colleague beekeeper. Thus the swarm of suitcases made their journey through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France humming back and forth over a period fo one and a half years. Each suitcase contained a different painting by Lia Martinali as an image of a secret the bees embody.”
The Good of the Hive

The Good of the Hive

Artist Matthew Willey is the founder of The Good of the Hive Initiative, and has committed to personally paint 50,000 honeybees – the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive – in murals across America. Through art and social media engagement, The Good of the Hive raises awareness about the current struggle of the honeybees, celebrates their amazing behaviors, and draws attention to the inextricable connection between people and honeybees.
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