Take part in a community arts project and your creation could feature in an exhibition to be held across St James’s Park, The National Gallery and Mall Galleries.
The project, a unique partnership between The Royal Parks, The National Gallery and Mall Galleries is using the medium of art to teach the importance of pollination and how we can all play a part in welcoming bees and other pollinators into our gardens, balconies and window boxes.
Visitors will be taken on a journey of discovery as they move between the three venues for the ‘A Right Royal Buzz’ exhibition which will take place between 17 –20 February.
Members of the public can help create art for the exhibition by participating in a public drop-in workshop between 10am-2pm, on 20 January 2016 at Victoria Tower Gardens.
The workshop will focus on what plants bees are attracted to, with participants creating their own 3D flowers based on famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Jan Van Huysum in The National Gallery's collection.
Mark Wasilewski, Park Manager for St James’s Park said: “Combining London’s most visited park, with two iconic art institutions provides an exciting opportunity to create meaningful art with a powerful message.”
Alex Hirtzel has been appointed artist in residence for the project and in addition to hosting public workshops, has been working with a number of local organisations including a nursery, a sixth form and a community centre. She will also be exhibiting her own work in St James’s Park on the theme of bees and pollinators, including her own current projects with plant scientists.
Artist Alex Hirtzel said: “As well as being very beautiful for us to look at, flowers have evolved highly ingenious ways to attract bees and other pollinators which we cannot see with the naked eye. This project is a great hands-on way for people to recreate flowers and explore how they attract the pollinators which are so important.”
A four foot beehive made from ceramic tiles and featuring a bug hotel will be installed in Duck Island Cottage in St James’s Park. The tiles will be designed by an intergenerational collaboration between students from Harris Westminster Sixth Form and visitors to The Abbey Centre.