Up to 30,000 children and young people are unleashing their creativity for Bee in the City, a mass participation public art trail taking place across Manchester from July until September this year.
Pupils from schools, colleges and youth groups across Manchester have decorated over 130 medium-sized Bees as part of our inspiring Learning Programme that will be displayed in cultural and leisure hubs across the city, including the Theatre. As well as decorating a Little Bee sculpture, schools and groups are exploring important topics related to the project, from citizenship to environmental issues and wellbeing.
The Little Bee Trail is being launched today (4 July) as part of the multi-venue festival the HIVE of Creativity - a celebration of the young peoples’ involvement in Bee in the City, including workshops, artist demonstrations and competitions.
Their sculptures will be displayed alongside over 100 giant Bees on the trail, giving the public the chance to see artwork from the next generation of artists. Presented by Wild in Art and back by Manchester City Council, the Bee in the City tail is a celebration of the city's creativity and pioneeing spirit.
As part of the Bee in the City Learning Programme, children and young people can also get involved with special literacy initiative, Bee a Reader. The project is part of the Read Manchester campaign, spearheaded by Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust, which champions reading and literacy across the city. The initiative will use the buzz of the Bee sculptures to encourage the whole city to spend 10 minutes reading or sharing stories every day.
‘We are very proud to bee involved in such an exciting and creative project within our home town of Manchester. Being part of the project will mean the children and their families learn about our city’s longstanding heritage, culture and history whilst coming together to create a sense of ownership, participation and pride towards the place we live. The whole school is literally ‘buzzing’ and cannot wait to see our Bee sculpture on the trail!’ Victoria Hutchinson, Art Co-Ordinator & Foundation Stage Lead Teacher at Crossacres Primary Academy