Name: The Bee of Hope, Community and Respect
Location: Manchester Cathedral (outside)
Designed and decorated by: Barry Spence
Sponsor: The Radclyffe School
This bee features the design ideas of students Laiba Qureshi, Laiba Asif, Emma Whittaker, Hadia Arain, Lukhman Miah and Salman Khan. The cogs and binary patterns pay homage to Oldham’s industry and the flames feature in the school’s emblem, The Torch of Knowledge and Skills. They also symbolise reflections on the Manchester Arena attack. Ariana Grande’s lyrics are on the wings and 22 flowers represent those who lost their lives. The message from the Radclyffe students is ultimately one of hope, and the belief that love, community and respect for all will rise from the ashes.
The Radclyffe School is an Outstanding school based in Chadderton, Oldham. The school’s ethos and values focus on respect and community. It also enjoys Artsmark Platinum status which demonstrates its commitment to developing a love for the arts and the value of projects, including this one, in developing closer links between students, the wider community and artists.