On Friday 24th March Green&Blue were delighted to attend the private view of the new exhibition by Cornish legend, artist and campaigner Kurt Jackson. 'Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet' is described as a unique presentation of contemporary art and science and arrives at the Jackson Foundation Gallery in St Just, near St Ives, from its initial prestigious opening at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (where it attracted over 100,000 visitors). The exhibition will now run to the 19th August 2017. Upstairs at the gallery the charity space has been given over to two bee friendly charities, B4 - Bring Back Black Bees and Friends of the Earth, who lead many of the bee campaigns in the UK. Friends of the Earth very kindly asked us to curate a display of bee bricks to demonstrate ways in which loss of habitat can be addressed. Visitors will find a large central display wall made completely from bee bricks. It's fantastic to sit within what will be a mecca for bee and art lovers alike. Cornwall Wildlife Trust are also working with the Jackson Foundation and will be leading bee walks, amongst other things. The private view was attended by some of the great and the good of the bee world, including Dave Timms from Friends of the earth, who gave an impassioned and inspiring 'call to action' speech on behalf of the bees and Michael Eavis who is the patron of B4. On theme drinks were supplied by Skinners brewery in the form of Hops and Honey - very apt! If you can then make sure you go along and visit the exhibition before it ends. Kurt Jacksons' artwork perfectly captures the movement, beauty and humour of bees and we're certain you'll come out inspired to do more and think more about these beautiful winged creatures, on whom we rely for so much. Find out more about the Jackson Foundation and opening hours here. See more images of the opening night on the Jackson Foundation Facebook page here. Images courtesy of Friends of the Earth.
CORNWALL BUMBLEBEE GROUP
Bombus terrestris (Buff tailed Bumblebee) Watercolour on Paper Limited Edition Print Lot No 29 Melanie Anne Camp
ART AUCTION â€œWHILE THE BEES WERE SLEEPINGâ€
The Cornwall Bumblebee Group invite you to their Art Auction on Saturday 15th April 2017. Registration and Viewing will take place at 5.00pm and the Auction will begin at 6.30pm. The Auction will be held in The Trafalgar Room of The Union Hotel, Chapel Street Penzance.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS ART AUCTION WILL GO TO: Professor Dave Goulsonâ€™s work at Sussex University testing garden centre plants for neonicotinoids - the pesticide which is harming bumblebees, and Funds to provide pollinator friendly flowers for public gardens and open spaces in Cornwall. In Penzance the project begins in Penlee Park with new planting and to establish four information boards for children to learn about bumblebees and visitors to identify them. We hope that you will be able to join us as our Honoured Guests. Melanie Anne Camp â€“ Chair Beth Roberts â€“ Secretary Vaughan Warren â€“ Committee Member
Find out more about the event over on Facebook hereÂ or more about the Cornwall Bumblebee Group on Facebook here.beepot.
In 2016 we became proud supporters of the Cornwall Wildlife trust. We took on the role of Wildlife Guardians which means we are supporting the charities vital work in Cornwall protecting nature and habitat. As we grow as a company it is really important to us that we continue to give something back, we are passionate about being true to our word and making a difference to wildlife, nature and our planet. So we see this partnership as a starting point and a beginning on our journey. Thank you all for your support in making it possible. From all the team at Green&Blue. You can find out more about the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust here.