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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Duchess of Cornwall attending Bee Garden Party

07 June 2019 – for immediate release

“Bee Art” by artists and celebrities is auctioned for international bee charity to reduce poverty and improve biodiversity at garden party – attended by The Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday 12th June

Artworks being auctioned include:  Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Mona Hatoum, Rachel Whiteread, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Maggi Hambling and Myleene Klass.

A selection of stunning “bee artworks” from artists and celebrities are up for auction to raise money for Bees for Development, an international charity that uses beekeeping to provide a sustainable income for some of the world’s poorest people.

The collection of over 100 artworks includes creations by artists Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Rachel Whiteread, Mona Hatoum, Wolfgang Buttress and Maggi Hambling alongside celebrities Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh and Myleene Klass.  They will be auctioned online at  [Full list of names below]

Bee Garden Party host and BBC radio presenter 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.

“I’ve also been crazy about bees, from the moment my husband and I were given a hive on our wedding day. All the funds raised from the auction and garden party will help to alleviate poverty for 500 families living in the poorest countries around the world. And the added bonus is we’ll be boosting the local biodiversity.”

On the last day of auction (Wednesday 12 June), the Bee Art postcards will be exhibited at a Bee Garden Party, which takes place in the delightful gardens of Marlborough House and is hosted by BBC presenter Martha Kearney and Classic FM presenter Bill Turnbull, who are both bee enthusiasts. All funds raised from the auction and garden party will help 500 of the poorest families to escape poverty.

Dr Nicola Bradbear, founder of Bees for Development says:

“We’re delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall is joining us to find out more about the charity’s work overseas. She has nine hives herself and other members of The Royal Family keep bees also. The Prince of Wales received three hand-made hives for his birthday.”

The bee garden party will host many bee-themed tasting opportunities with honey cocktails and honey-inspired food from the sponsors Tregothnan and Fortnum & Mason. 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 

The auction ends at 19:30 on 12 June.

Tickets for the Bee Garden Party on Wednesday 12 June cost £80 and can be bought from the website here: 




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. Funds raised by The Bee Garden Party will be used to help 500 poorest families to begin beekeeping and earn the money they need to support their children's education.

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 Park, Maroude Mead, Cawston Press, 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, Neal’s Yard Remedies, 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, Jessica Albarn, Nicola Arkell Reed, Alexander Armstrong, Jane Asher, Andrew Bailey, Libby Bailey, Jan Bailey, Katherine Bates, Ann Baxter Wright, Catherine Beale, Haidee Becker, Jo Boulton, Kenneth Brannagh, Wolfgang Buttress, Kit (Catherine) Byron Low, Nancy Campbell, Guy and Lizzy Campbell, Dr W.D. Chalmers, Kelly Chapman, Melanie Comber, Paul Copley, Roger Couche, E A Cox, Louisa Crispin, Richard Deacon, Judi Dench, Isher Dhiman, Amy, Daisy, Lila and Gwendolen Dimbleby, Katherine Edwards, Zoe Foster, Angela Gaffney-Smith, Gilbert & George, Magoo Giles, Nicola Gooch, John Goodison, Antony Gormley, Maggie Hambling, Jenny Hammerton, Anna Harvey, Mona Hatoum, Stewart Helm, Alex Hirtzel, Ian Hislop, Caroline Holt Wilson, Diana Howorth, Patrick Hughes, Amy Jackson, Sir David Jason, Felicity Jones, Cherry      Kennedy, Mylene Klass, Tory Lawrence, Caroline Lees, ChrisLevine, Rebecca Lingard, Maureen Lipman, Rachel Little, Joanna Lumley, Andrew Marr, Jane Mascoda, Maggie Mason, Arthur Mason, Isobel Mason, Ian McKellen, Jeff McMillan, Roz Moorhouse, Claudia Moorhouse, Sally Muir, Darren Neave, Hugo Nicholl, Deanne Oliveri, Jenny Packham, Anthony Paine, Emily Patrick, Ann Paulger, Tabitha Peake, Clover Peake, Francis Pemberton, Mary Perridge, Jane Porter, Andrew Probyn, Elaine Ralston, Rosie Reed, Joey Richardson, Nick Ross, Judy Rumbold, Prunella Scales, Gerald Scarfe, Thomas Seeley, Anne Smallwood, Jane Snook, Jane Speedy, Humphrey Stanley, Alison Steadman, Cecilia Steven, John Suchet, Alice Thomson, Madeleine Town, Bea Tuggey, Polly Tuggey, Clare Tuggy, Richard Twose, Andrew Tyzack, Zoe Wanamaker, Timothy West, Rachel Whiteread, Richard A Wills


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