Bee Manchester – Community art goes global

The Manchester Bee will be at the centre of a huge art project next week, which will involve almost 11,000 participants from 18 Manchester schools, 8 libraries and two museums, all creating on a global stage.

‘Bee Manchester’ is a community project that will see 20 stop-motion films created. Every frame was individually personalised by the participants, coming together in the films to reflect and celebrate Manchester’s rich and diverse community. The films will be shown through the use of an augmented reality app in 12 venues around the city centre at the end of the month. Each site has an association to bees, either through architecture, artworks contained within or the housing of bee hives. Venues include The City Art Gallery, Manchester Cathedral, Central Library, Manchester Museum and The Whitworth.

The project was launched on 1st October, undertaken as part of The Big Draw 2017. To celebrate the project all participants are invited to attend a bee themed event being held at Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Manchester. Guest of honour will be Qubek, the graffiti artist who created the Bee Memorial in the Northern Quarter. Qubek will be creating a live mural, while beekeepers, scientists from both of the city’s universities, members of the Belle Vue Bees Rugby team and special guests from a number of museums and galleries will be on hand. An orchestra will be performing the notoriously difficult ‘Flight of the Bumble Bees’ as a finale.

The Big Draw is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The Big Draw is the world’s largest art event, held every year as part of the campaign. Awards are presented for the most original and inventive projects. Stanley Grove Primary Academy has won the Primary School Award for their Big Draw events three times in the four years they have participated and hopes ‘Bee Manchester’ will secure another win.

Says Emma Martin, Creative Lead of Stanley Grove Primary: “This has been our biggest entry into Big Draw yet. It has been a massive project, which has really ignited people’s imaginations – we had over 19,000 applications from people across the city wanting to take part, but could not accommodate more than 11,000! That really shows the strength of our city’s spirit and the drive to get creative.”

“Manchester is a creative city and through the arts we can come together and celebrate our strength as a community.”


What – The launch of Bee Manchester 

Where – Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Stanley Grove, Longsight, M12 4NL 

When – 26th October 2017 Time – 1-4pm

There will be interview / phone / film opportunities with Emma Martin, Qubek, the Bees rugby players and the ‘Creative Crew’ made up of pupils who have led workshops, helped make the films and ensured the success of the project.

For copies of some of the stop motion films, or the ‘Bee Trail’ map where the films can be seen, please contact: