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Shed Talks Series. One-hour talk followed by Q&A. Bar. Doors open 7pm.

Studying Extinction: Art, Creativity and the Loss of Bees

Speaker Rosamund Portus introduces us to the world of bees, their history, their relationship with humans and their recent decline in number.

Looking at different species we learn about man’s earliest interaction with bees and how they have influenced our lifestyles, societies and cultures, as documented on some of the earliest cave paintings.

Various artists have created work in response to the loss of bees. We’ll hear why it is important to engage with these issues, exploring the role of art and creativity in ecological issues. Hear how art helps communicate the plight of of bees in accessible, engaging and inspiring ways, helping make issues that feel invisible to us, such as extinction or air pollution, visible.

There are many reasons the bee is in decline, including pesticide use, hive manipulation, disease spread, habitat loss and climate change. Yet we still rely on them for honey, medicines and pollination.
Learn how can we help – in our gardens, our activities, the activities we can undertake, supporting campaigns and through some wonderful books.

Rosamund Portus is a PhD student at the University of York. Her research is based in the environmental humanities, and studies how people are using the arts to narrate, discuss, experience, challenge and resist the decline of bees. She is also a practicing artist and illustrator.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for students over 14, bookable in advance or pay on the door.


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