Lydia Needle sculpts fifty British Bees in wool and stitch, to which fifty other artists create responses to the ecology and hidden worlds of each individual bee.

Lydia is a textile and mixed media artist from Somerset, UK working with found, salvaged and beach-combed materials combined with wool and stitch. All of her work has an emphasis on the environment and sustainability and her current major creative project is called, ‘FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things’ and was devised to showcase the plight of the British bee; her focus throughout the project is to research and to learn as much as possible about our bees.

Sculpting small, individual art pieces from wool and thread inside a range of wonderful vintage containers her aim is to complete 275, one for each of Britain’s species of bee.

For each of the FIFTY BEES exhibitions, another fifty artists, makers, writers and musicians produce one new work in response to one of the bee pieces, in order to give a fuller illustration of the diversity of our bee population, how endangered it is and how our pollinators are completely interlinked with our ecosystem.

We’re hosting several associated workshops and sessions for kids and adults to run alongside this amazing exhibit:


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9 March 4 May 2019 Times vary Open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm