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Image: Francesca Willow, Symphony In C

With the world looking like such a scary place at the moment, it’s affirming to see how communities in our local areas are responding with positive action. Newcastle’s own Shieldfield Art Works (SAW) is taking on the danger of ecological disaster with their latest project, Bee Lines Through The City, to celebrate the importance of bees in our ecosystems. These small creatures have faced huge threats in recent years, from use of agrichemicals, loss of habitat and climate change. From Friday 1st April until Friday 25th June, SAW hosts an array of bee-focused activities and artworks to highlight how we ourselves face challenges as a result of bee depletion, including Symphony In C, a contemporary dance commission which uses music by Chris Garrard, Rupert Embleton-Smith and Wildwood Kin, with dance by Francesca Willow, is inspired by the vibrations bumblebees make to unlock pollen from plants. 

The project is filled with creative opportunities for attendees to get involved too, including creating fabric dyes from local plants, making seed paper honeycomb and venturing out on pollinator corridor walks. Filled with arts, dance, music and crafts, this latest exhibition from SAW will bring us together in an exploration into how collective care for the natural world and communal action is our greatest defence in the fight against climate change. 

Bee Lines Through The City takes place at Shieldfield Art Works from Friday 1st April until Friday 25th June.

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