Have you seen the windows of Abbeyhill Primary School glow in the dark? They look as if covered in graffiti of golden dust. Perhaps, this is golden nectar for the colonies of bees created by all pupils – from Nursery to Primary 7 – led by Ieuan Scott-Woodhouse and all the school staff.
We released these bee colonies at the 15th Colony of Artists back in September 2020 as part of our Windows and Screens festival exhibition. It was back then when we used the windows of the school as one of the two new exhibition platforms for the festival when our usual exhibition platform – the main school building – was out of bounds in these extraordinary times of global pandemic! The festival may be over but Bee Kind – our 15th Colony of Artists centrepiece has remained on view bringing joy and environmental hope to anyone who would find themselves in the Abbeyhill area.
What is more, all the works featured in the second, so called ‘screens’ exhibition platform as part of our festival showcase, have also remained on view. All you need to experience them is any screen at your fingertips. Oh, and some couple of hours over the Christmas school holidays. Go through all the short stories, surrealist collage-making workshops, dance tutorials, ocean conservation tips, recordings of performances dedicated to art and football legends, cosmic comic books, guided walks in Hollyrood Park and Calton Hill or binaural audio plays (best to don your headphones for these).
Image above courtesy of Ana Gonzalez Choucino as part of #edinburghwindows followed by the 15th Colony of Artists 2020 bee mascot