For Bees & Weeds we collaborated with Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Professor Dave Goulson on an educational research project involving art students from Banbury & Bicester College and Oxford Brookes University. Bees & Weeds highlights the plight of the bumblebee, investigating why some species of bumblebee are declining and the impact this has on us and wildlife.
The students made hundreds of cycle seat covers and installed them as gifts on bikes in and around the City of Oxford. The seat covers carried messages about the decline of bumblebees along with the flowering plant they depend upon in the UK countryside, to raise awareness of how much we depend upon the pollination services of these amazing creatures, that are often more efficient than honeybees, and their value to UK food production.
Professor Goulson hosted an event on the risks of the decline in wild bee species to our food systems. We held an intervention at Broken Spoke Bike Co-op in Oxford and exhibitions at Blackwell Bookshop, Oxford and the Old Fire Station, Oxford where students are still supplying related textile products to the gallery shop.