Apis Mellifera, The Honey Bee – An Exhibition by Raymond Watson – 1 to 25 Feb

Part of NI Science Festival

Wed 1st to Sat 25th Feb 2023

Raymond Watson’s exhibition reflects on the importance of bees to mankind and life on earth.

Raymond has been studying the behaviour of the bees in his own apiary for many years. For this exhibition Raymond has created a body of art that explores the life of the bees in many forms, from sculpture, soundscapes to paint.

In a global first, Raymond has created a series of totally unique sculptures created by moulding the fragile living beehive frames inside the brood box.

Soundscapes have been composed using original recordings of bee sounds from inside and outside the hives.

These are accompanied by a series of paintings capturing different events within the lifecycle of the beehive.

Raymond has said, ‘This is perhaps one of the most challenging subjects that I have attempted to portray. It is also an evolving body of work that I expect will evolve over the next couple of years.’

Raymond is a renowned artist, working across various disciplines. He is perhaps best known for “Hands of History”, for which he made bronze casts of the hands of people involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland, including John Hume, David Trimble, Gerry Adams, Monica McWilliams, Mo Mowlam and Tony Blair.

In the Gallery and Online – www.artisann.org

Late Night Opening WED 1st Feb 6 to 8pm

All Welcome and No Booking Necessary

All artworks are available to buy.

You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Own Art scheme which gives you an interest-free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends).

ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE


Gallery Opening Hours
Tue – Fri: 11am to 6pm
Saturday: Noon to 5pm

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