Academy supports new bee sculpture for the local community to enjoy

Academy supports new bee sculpture for the local community to enjoy

Our academy is proud to have been one of the sponsors of ‘Bee Blackley’: a major new sculpture for Plant Hill Park. It will be officially unveiled at a Family Fun Day at the park on Tuesday 24 July between 12 noon and 3pm.

Bee Blackley is part of the Bee in the City sculpture trail. Over 100 Bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family-fun trail, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each Bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene.

Whilst most of the bees will be auctioned off for the Lord Mayor’s charity at the end of the trail in September, Bee Blackley is one 23 community bees which will remain on permanent display.

Students from the academy met local artist Lizzie Chapman at the warehouse where Bee Blackley was painted and they also had the chance to imagine their own designs in a workshop run by the artist at the academy. The final design of the bee is a joint effort of local community groups from the neighbourhood.

About Bee Blackley

Welcome to Blackley – greenest and highest of Manchester’s neighbourhoods. Up here we can touch the moon and the stars which control the tides and set the patterns of our days. Students travel to and from school and adults commute to work. The bees come and go from their hive. The seasons turn and the flowers blossom again and again. Welcome to Blackley – only a few miles from the city centre, and yet so full of inspiring greenery. Up here we can admire our city’s skyline and see the bigger picture. We co-operate and thrive, like our bees.

Come and visit the bee at the Fun Day at Plant Hill Park (Tuesday 24 July, 12 noon to 3pm) where it will be unveiled. Academy students are also encouraged to find or download a trail mail from – Class Charts points will be awarded to students who see the largest amount of bees over the summer!