Bee Blackley

The Details

Name: Bee Blackley

Designed and decorated by: Lizzie Rose Chapman.

Sponsor: Team Hive Blackley

Design Inspiration

The artist was inspired by the night sky and the life patterns of bees and humans. Students reflected on the tides of the moon and the ebb and flow of people from home to town and worker bees as they come and go from their hives. Children, looking down at the city below, felt as though they could reach up and touch the stars from here, and that nothing is beyond their reach.

Welcome to Blackley, the highest, greenest suburb in Manchester and its wealth of open spaces, parks and forest. It has an impressive history with a mention in the Domesday Book in 1086. Team Hive represents children and students, Friends of parks and residents who want to share their very own Bee in Plant Hill Park with the world.

The Artist -Lizzie Rose Chapman

Lizzie Rose is a freelance artist from Manchester. Nature is an endless source of inspiration for Lizzie and shines through her artwork which ranges from colourful paintings full of pattern, to intricate linocut and screen prints to larger scale artworks for murals and sculptures in schools and community settings.  Lizzie is passionate about creating opportunities for Manchester’s young people to access the arts, as arts development manager at Gorse Hill Studios and Youth Arts Coordinator for the Trafford based charity, she facilitates art sessions for young people on the Alternative Creative Education provision encouraging re-engagement with learning, self-expression and empowerment through creativity. The work on display in 50 Windows is a tryptic from a series called 'Back in the Tall Grass, Where the Rapids Roar'. The inspiration for paintings came from the Artist innate need to roam free, explore and simply get lost in nature. The paintings are small idylls of the mind, places in which to retreat. Find out more at or her work can be purchased direct from her Etsy shop Lizzie Rose Studio  

Bee in the City 2020

Bee in the City 2020