Golden Bee - European Swarming, Northern Spring 2017

By Bernadette Boscacci

{{ shares.facebook + shares.twitter | thousands }}

Total shares

Bees pollinate fruit and vegetable crops and are essential to our food production and to the continued sustainability of the world-wide food supply. They are the only insects that produce food for human consumption, and bees pollinate plants from which treats like coffee and chocolate are derived! Bees also play a vital role in sustaining life and diversity in our natural forests via their role in pollination and their contribution to various stages in the food web.

But the bees need help. The increased use of insecticides, the destruction of natural habitat and the effects of climate change have had a significant effect on bee populations around the world.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

Golden Bee is an international collective with a common interest in using art and literature to explore bee ecology, and our shared relationship with bees through culture, mythology and our social and built environments. With over 550 members worldwide Golden Bee is developing a network of creative thinkers and makers that are concerned with the state of the global biosphere, with the bees as a critical element in that balance.

Through collaboration and creative expression, Golden Bee is working to develop:

  • and present a series of exhibitions that draw attention to the plight of bees’, symptomatic of broader environmental issues.
  • environmental awareness and contribute to bee conservation in a myriad of ways
  • communications and opportunities for exchange within our international network
  • an online archive containing the collective’s creative productions.

2017 Activities

Golden Bee is hosting two international exhibitions in March and April 2017. Both displays feature small sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, assemblage, installations and a program of bee-themed live-streamed ‘happenings’ from around the globe. The participating artists are from Australia, Europe, United Kingdom and South America. Zine-style publications are also planned for 2017, following the success of the Hive Alive! Catalogue / zine, which is available online:

Supermarket International Art Fair is an artist-run event presenting art galleries, collectives and cooperatives from around the world over fours days of seminars, discussions, performances and other networking opportunities. Supermarket 2017 gave us the opportunity to present the ideas and work of Golden Bee to an international community of artists and a receptive arts audience at a popular annual event. The theme for the 2017 Supermarket Art Fair was ‘Intimacy’. Our display was called ‘Golden Bee – intimate hunting and gathering’.

To read more about our successful event at the Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, 2017. Click on this URL

Right now, we're co-hosting a 2017 Northern Hemisphere spring exhibition - Golden Bee Dew ~ Spring Art Swarm at St Margaret’s Church of Art in Norwich, Norfolk UK.

This project has been developed in collaboration with the Norwich Dandies (established in 2010, UK) as part of their Dandifest celebrations. It includes art, poetry, politics, live events, workshops, photography, and many other related activities.

See their Norwich Dandies Facebook page for more information.

These events are being collaboratively coordinated by voluntary worker bees James Barrett (sound artist, poet, academic - Stockholm, Sweden), Eloise O’Hare (artist, Norwich Dandy, all-round hard worker - Norwich, United Kingdom), Edwina Blush (singer / performer, artist - Tasmania, Australia) and Bernadette Boscacci (artist, poet, art therapist - Queensland Australia) and the Norwich Dandies. Edwina and Bernadette travelled from Australia to Stockholm and Norwich to participate and assist in the presentation of the events.

Help us create a sustainable network of ecologically-centered culture

Golden Bee Collective team members are self-funding their own travel and accommodation costs and volunteering their time and personal resources to the project.

Funds raised from the sales at the exhibitions will go directly to the artists with a 30% sales commission being used to support the collectives’ continued productions and environmental / community cultural development projects.

You can join us

We are seeking support to help us pay for the presentation, administration and other costs involved in these two projects. Please contribute as much or as little as you can and we’ll continue working for a sustainable culture based on rational science in conjunction with a sensitive understanding for the perfection that is the natural world.

Our campaign budget wishlist:

Space hire and installation costs: $600 (achieved, thankyou!)

Printing of catalogue and promotional flyers / cards: $400 (almost there)

Insurance and administration costs: $300 (yet to be raised)

International Freight costs (for travelling / participating artists): $400 (half way there)

Documentation: $300 (not as yet)

Total $2000

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us:

Crowdfunding Rewards

$5 and upwards Donation - will see your name added to the list of sponsors at our site for Supermarket 2017 in Stockholm, with an option to also have it displayed on our website

$30 Membership - representation of your work in both exhibitions and on the Golden Bee website

$50 - $200 Donation - a limited edition Golden bee art print on quality paper or canvas (see below images) from one of the Golden bee Collective, signed by the artist and sent in the post.

Fairlie Sandilands, from her 'Wagging the bees' series. 25 x 20 cm Photographic print $30

Other fundraising

Bernadette Boscacci is producing limited edition Golden Bee screen prints on 100% linen teatowels and 100% cotton tshirts to raise funds for her international travel and accommodation costs. See designs here $25 each + $10 postage and handling.

To place an order email Bernadette directly: [email protected]

Connect with Golden Bee:

[email protected]



Login to comment
  • Campaign Update

    by {{ comment.user.full_name }} at {{ comment.created_at}}

    {{ giver.full_name}}

    {{ giver.created_at }}

    ${{ giver.don_amount }}

    Offline donation

Team Members

Bernadette Boscacci

Eloise O'Hare

James Barrett


Leonie Sanderson