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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 July to 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 will be decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists - making an unforgettably stunning spectacle when the trail goes live. Expect an amazing array of designs showcasing a range of styles, techniques and themes, and some Mancunian visual puns - maybe even Bee-am-Gallagher or The Bee-Gees will make an appearance!

Bee in the CityBee in the City artist

Meanwhile, an inclusive learning programme, imaginatively linked to the curriculum, will give 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 improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.   

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways you can get involved in this exciting city-wide project.

Local Schools

Schools and colleges are invited to take part in the Bee in the City learning programme. Inclusive and imaginatively linked to the curriculum, it will give children and young people the chance to explore everything Manchester, through creative eyes. Community groups that work with children and young people are also welcome to join the creative colony.

Local Businesses

For the local business sector there are opportunities to be the trail’s main sponsor, to sponsor individual sculptures and to support the Learning and Community Programmes. Any organisations interested in sponsoring the event should contact Julie Gaskell, Head of Partnerships at Wild in Art:

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