In the fourth incarnation of her project ‘Fifty Bees: The Interconnectedness of all Things’, which was exhibited at Black Swan Arts in Frome, Lydia Needle created fifty almost life-size bees to represent fifty of the 275 bee species in the UK. The project was devised to showcase the plight of the British bee. So far, she has created 200 sculptures, but is aiming to complete 275 – one for each of Britain’s bees.
In each show, Lydia sculpts fifty British bees in wool and stitch, and fifty other artists create responses to one bee each.

There have been 4 FIFTY BEES exhibitions which means that Lydia has previously made 200 individual, tiny bee sculptures. Some of those bees are still available to purchase and can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FIFTYBEES?ref=shop_sugg

Jacky Oliver – work in progress

Jacky is working on a piece in response to the Smooth-gastered Furrow Bee. Come to see the finished work at Black Swan Arts from 8th February

Kate Lynch – Seaside Skulduggery

“I spy a bee – and skulduggery…….”

This is Kate’s piece made in response to the Black-thighed Epeolus

Lydia’s Fifty Bees

Lydia Needle will be presenting fifty British Bees in needlefelt, stitch and vintage containers. Fifty other artists produce art pieces in response to one bees ecology.

“…what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.”

Douglas Adams from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

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