Kate Linforth devised the HIVE project using beeswax donated by local beekeepers to offer free creative workshops where participants created beautiful beeswax tiles based on the ancient practice of encaustic art. Intended to encourage people to have a go at arts and creativity, and to raise awareness of the importance of bees, Kate Linforth’s project HIVE is being supported by local grassroots arts and cultural organisation, Ideas Test.
Kate’s free workshops saw participants creating their own tiles inspired by what bees meant to them: it could have been a simple word, a pattern, a drawing, or a poem.
Now at the exhibition stage, these thematic pieces will now be displayed across Swale and Medway on a four-leaf screen, in churches – including Rochester Cathedral – and little used public buildings. Once the sculpture has toured, Kate then intends to melt the tiles back down and return the wax to the beekeepers who have donated it – ensuring the environmental impact of the project is minimal.
For further information on the HIVE project and upcoming exhibition locations visit: https://www.facebook.com/hiveartinstallation
16th – 23rd June. Hive will be back at Upnor Castle. Venue: Upnor Castle, High Street, Rochester ME2 4XG. Tickets: Free Entry exhibition.
26th – 30th June. Rochester Cathedral. Venue: Rochester Cathedral, Garth House, The Precinct, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SX. Tickets: Free Entry exhibition, no need to book.