Budding artists asked to get creative with Kent’s beautiful bumblebees

This summer Kent based wildlife conservation project ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ is launching an art competition which anyone can enter. People simply need to observe one rule – artwork must showcase the humble bumblebee!

From children to adults, amateur to pro, entries are welcome from everyone. Entrants will be split into three age based designated categories, and two art categories, painting and drawing, or sculpture and textiles, each of which will receive a cash prize.

Finding artistic inspiration should be easy as Kent is the county with the greatest range of wonderful and charismatic bumblebees in the UK. Known as the ‘the garden of England’ Kent is a hot spot for a number of rare wild bumblebee species, including the rare and endangered Shrill carder bee, as well as many common bumblebee species.

The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and focuses on restoring and creating habitat for Kent’s wild bees, and raising awareness amongst the wider public of the vital importance of bumblebees. The project has been running since 2017 and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

All entries will be shortlisted by the Making a Buzz for the Coast team plus a panel of artists. Winners will be chosen within each category for each age groups. Winning entries will be highlighted on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s website, social media, and in the Trust’s Member magazine ‘Buzzword’.

Emma Lansdell, Project Manager for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Making a Buzz for the Coast project, said “We’re on the hunt for art that celebrates the wonderful bumblebees of Kent. We hope that people across the county, young and old, will take a walk along the coast and in the countryside this summer, and be inspired by the wild bees they see around them.”

Stuart McLeod, Director, England – London and South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said “The National Lottery Heritage Fund encourages people’s involvement in caring for our biodiversity and natural heritage.  The public engagement success of the Making a Buzz for the Coast project is inspiring large numbers of people to take a closer look at wild bees, and through this art competition, there is a great opportunity for people to celebrate the importance of Kent’s beautiful bumblebees.”

Entrants need to send a photo or a scanned copy of their artwork by email to mabcomp@bumblebeeconservation.org. Only one entry will be accepted per category. All entrants must reside within Kent.

Entries must be accompanied by the artists name, postcode, and age category:

The closing date for entries is midnight Friday 11th September 2020

Full terms and conditions can be found on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/mab-art-competition/

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