Art and Ecology
To accompany the process of community building through the study and practices of beekeeping, we initiated the Bee Time artist residency program. By using practices of contemplation and imagination as a way of gaining new perspectives into the world of the honeybee, artists are invited to learn about bees and explore the possibility of creatively engaging with the hives within their landscape.
Bee Time Artist Residency is a place where participants share communal living during a period of two weeks. They have daily visits with local beekeepers and ‘studio time’ to respond artistically to what they are learning. The residency culminates in a public exhibition of work in progress and a sharing of the learning process.
During our time together we aim to introduce to the artists a bee centred approach to beekeeping, and a regenerative approach to the landscape. We equally aim to inspire towards a re-connection with our natural, cultural and social environment, and explore self-organizing principles inspired by hive consciousness.
Artists from all disciplines are invited to participate, as well as researchers in fields such as systems thinking, humanities, social sciences and deep and expanded ecology.