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Bee in the City

A giant colony of over eighty super-sized bee sculptures will be winging its way to Manchester this summer for one of the biggest public art exhibitions the city has ever seen. The Bee in the City world-class sculpture trail is inspired by Manchester’s celebrated worker bee emblem which has been part of the city’s heraldry for over 150 years and is synonymous with Manchester’s pioneering and creatively industrious spirit.

The Trail

The Bee in the City trail will be on display throughout the city for nine weeks from 23 July to 23 September 2018 for Mancunians and visitors to enjoy whilst taking in the city’s landmarks, cultural gems and areas they may not have explored before. Each super-sized bee sculpture is decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists - making an unforgettably stunning spectacle. There is an amazing array of designs showcasing a range of styles, techniques and themes, and some Mancunian visual puns!

Iconic Mancunian designs include a ROCK ’N’ ROLL Bee designed in partnership with Liam Gallagher, a Hac ‘BEE’ enda Bee celebrating the city’s legendary nightclub, a Bee honouring one of Coronation Street’s most iconic characters, Hilda Bugden, plus footballing tributes to Manchester’s famous clubs Bee United and Mike Summer-Bee.

Bee in the City

Meanwhile, an inclusive learning programme, imaginatively linked to the curriculum, has given children and young people the chance to explore everything Manchester through creative eyes. Local community groups have also been invited to make their own special contribution to the trail - working with artists to develop and realise their own artistic ideas.

After the trail the bees will be auctioned to raise significant funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s charity - We Love MCR Charity to support communities and young people across Manchester.   

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