Blue-banded bee lantern, by Nina Blackcockatoo 2018

Golden Bee Artist Collective (NQ) has created a mixed-media installation / gallery and workshop space – Hive Alive 2021 – as part of the Pop Up North Queensland Arts Festival in Townsville (Gurambilbarra).

Our Hive ran from FRIDAY 30 JULY – SUNDAY 8 AUGUST 2021 in a Townsville CBD Pop Up. Umbrella Studios Contemporary Arts leased numerous empty shops in the Townsville CBD and Hive Alive was one of many activities in the PUNQ Festival program. In making this hive we acknowledge we are on Wulgurukaba and Bindal Traditional Lands where sovereignty has never been ceded.

The artists of Golden Bee aim to raise awareness, as well as promote and provide information about the value of our pollinators (previously with a mainly bee-centric focus) in a number of creative ways, including art installations, art workshops, writing and performance. 

In this project, we are exploring, illustrating and celebrating the interconnected relationship between pollinators and their plants.
We depend on this relationship for our survival. Pollinators and forests are in decline worldwide and this is of great concern for us as humans and for how it affects all life on Earth. 

Hive Alive 2021 was run by artist members of the collective: Bernadette, Fairlie, Rachel, Nina and Anneke. These artists have created a pollinator themed installation / exhibition and functional workshop space in a disused shop (the old Flight Centre on Flinders Street) with artworks contributed by other golden bees from around the world. As part of the hive activities, we’re hosting a series of creative workshops, including screen printing, weaving, making wax wrap, bee motels and lanterns, and more!

Hive Alive 2021 Artists (golden bees): Bernadette Boscacci, Nina Lavarini Dawson, Fairlie Sandilands, Anneke Silver, James G Barrett, Rachel Cook, Julia Cazita Mazeud, Kathy Cornwall, Denise Weightman, Billy Doolan, Andrew Boscacci, Aaron Davis, Norwich Dandies.

Pop Up North Queensland 2021 was presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. PUNQ has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council of the Arts and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland , Visit Queensland, Australia and Visit Townsville North Queensland for Tourism and Events Queensland. It features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.Townsville City Council is also proud to support the Pop Up North Queensland under their Community Grants Program. Pop-Up North Queensland – PUNQ #PUNQ#PUNQ2021

Here are some shots of Hive Alive 2021 for PUNQ by photographer Fairlie Sandilands. Anneke Silver came in with her beautiful bee icons and some wonderful lino prints; Bernadette and Nina working on the exhibition installation.

Photos from the opening day of Hive Alive 21

Here is a video from the Norwich Dandies that was premiered as part of Hive Alive 2021.

The Norwich Dandies were asked by Cromer Green Spaces to paint a mural of local wildflowers and pollinators on the north Norfolk coast in England. In 2017 the Dandies hosted the Golden Bee Hive’s international touring exhibition at their annual arts festival DandyFest. The Golden Bee asked the Dandies to make a film about the many iniatives in Norfolk to re-wild habitats for pollinators. This film is the result.

The Norwich Dandies is a Norwich (UK) based multi-disciplinary arts collective led by 3 core artists Eloise O’Hare, Christina Sabberton and Dugald Ferguson. We make community inspired art work across murals, film, exhibitions, workshops, textiles, performance and fine art. @norwichdandies @norwichdandyprojects http://www.norwichdandies.co.uk

Golden Bee is a global collective of creative collaborators inspired by literal and metaphoric engagement with bees and other pollinators. At the heart of the project are notions of interconnection, sustainability in all spheres, and the linking of art, ideas and community to further social and cultural progress.

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