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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
“A List Bee Artists”
Bee Art by artists and celebrities goes under the hammer to raise funds for charity
Issued on Monday 20 May – World Bee Day
A selection of stunning “bee artworks” from artists and celebrities are up for auction to raise money for an international charity working for bees and biodiversity.
Over 80 drawings and paintings inspired by bees go online today (Monday 20 May) to celebrate World Bee Day. The collection of artworks includes creations by artists Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George and Maggi Hambling alongside celebrities Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen and Myleene Class. The Bee Art will be auctioned online to raise funds for the charity Bees for Development, which uses beekeeping to provide a sustainable income for families in the developing world, and as a result protect bees and their habitat.
On the last day of auction (Wednesday 12 June), the Bee Art postcards will be exhibited at an exclusive Bee Garden Party, which takes place in the delightful gardens of Marlborough House and is hosted by BBC Radio 4 presenter Martha Kearney and Classic FM presenter Bill Turnbull, who are both bee enthusiasts.
Bee Garden Party host Martha Kearney says:
“Who would have thought that bees could have inspired some of the UK’s best known artists and celebrities to create such lovely work? We believe this highly unusual exhibition is the largest of its kind ever assembled.”
Dr Nicola Bradbear, founder of Bees for Development says:
“There is nothing like our Bee Garden Party. It is a wonderful mix of people interested in bees, good food and the natural world in the glorious setting of Marlborough House’s garden in full flower. All proceeds go towards our charity’s work and this event is an excellent way to celebrate the wonderful honey bee, a remarkable species which enriches our lives in so many ways.
“My thanks to HM the Queen and Baroness Scotland for enabling our guests to enjoy Marlborough House gardens, and to Martha Kearney and Bill Turnbull for hosting our party.”
The bee garden party will host many themed tasting opportunities with honey cocktails and honey-inspired cookery. Celebrity chefs will be on hand to talk about how honey inspires their recipes and Martha Kearney will interview Mary Berry about her love of bees.
To have a look at the Bee Art collection and bid on any of the postcard-sized artworks please visit www.beegardenparty.com
The auction starts today on 20 May and ends at 19:30 on 12 June.
Tickets for the Bee Garden Party on Wednesday 12 June cost £75 and can be bought from the website here: www.beegardenparty.com
More about Bees for Development
Bees for Development is a charity working to transform people’s lives through beekeeping. Bees are incredibly powerful - they provide livelihoods to some of the world’s most disadvantaged people, play an essential role in crop pollination for food production worldwide, and maintain the planet’s biodiversity. For 26 years we have helped many thousands of people to keep bees sustainably and profitably. Bees for Development provides free information and support to beekeepers in more than 130 countries, and works directly with community projects currently underway in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. www.beesfordevelopment.org
With thanks to our main sponsors: Tregothnan and Fortnum & Mason and all the people and businesses who have contributed in other ways. They include: Artemis Fund Managers, Martin Roman, Rowse Honey, Lycetts Insurance, McQueens Flowers, Chris Parks, Maroude Mead, Cawstons, Seedlip, Beeble, The London Honey Company, Duncan Spence, Melissa and Deryck Mourton, Bermondsey Street Bees, Alex Monroe, Sofitel St James, Alex Hirtzel, Urban Bees, Timorous Beasties, The Wax Chandlers Livery, Neals Yard, Holkham Hall, Amulette, Casa Carta, Unbeelievable Health, Halcyon Days, Rebel Rebel, Beechworth Honey, Mr B’s Emporium, Beatrice Jenkins, Crown and Glory, ITN, St Ermins Hotel, Bee Good, B Chocolates, India Jane, Six Physio, Jessica Irena Smith, Plant Theatre, Stuart Gardiner Design, Anna Wright, Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree), Luna Harrison, James Knowles, Tereska Shephard, Artisan Olive Oil, Barbara Rustin, Dave Goulson, Katharine Hamnett, Hive & Keeper, Jen Buckley Art, Sophie Allport, Alan Titchmarsh, Therapi, The Hurlingham Club, The British Honey Company, Marlborough House, Sainsburys and EH Thornes (Beehives) Ltd.
Full list of people who have submitted artworks include: Norman Ackroyd, Alexander Armstrong, Katherine Bates, Ann Baxter Wright, Catherine Beale, Haidee Becker, Jo Boulton Kenneth Brannagh, Kit (Catherine) Byron Low, W.D Chalmers, Melanie Comber, Roger Couche, E A Cox, Judi Dench, Isher Dhiman, Katherine Edwards, Zoe Foster, Gilbert & George
Magoo Giles, Nicola Gooch, John Goodison, Antony Gormley, Jenny Hammerton, Anna Harvey, Mona Hatoum, Stewart Helm, Alex Hirtzel, Diana Howorth, Kate Humble, Patrick Hughes, Felicity Jones, Cherry Kennedy, Tory Lawrence, Caroline Lees, Rebecca Lingard, Maureen Lipman, Rachel Little, Joanna Lumley, Andrew Marr, Ian McKellen, Jeff McMillan Roz Moorhouse, Claudia Moorhouse, Sally Muir, Darren Neave, Hugo Nicholl, Jenny Packham, Emily Patrick, Ann Paulger, Tabitha Peake, Frances Pemberton, Mary Perridge Nick Ross, Jane Snook, Humphrey Stanley, Alison Steadman, John Suchet, Alice Thomson Madeleine Town, Richard Twose, Andrew Tyzack, Zoë Wanamaker, Rachel Whiteread Richard A Wills