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This summer we’ve partnered with the charity Bee Friendly Trust to raise awareness of the importance of protecting urban bees. We’ve even got a colony of our own up on the rooftops at The Yards, so it’s a cause close to our hearts.

In order to celebrate these hard-working pollinators, we’ve enlisted the help of four amazing artists to create a trail of bold bee-inspired installations.

Artist Helen Musselwhite created one of these installations for The Yards & The Bees, we caught up with her to find out more about her influences and inspirations.

A supersized paper creation

Paper artist Helen Musselwhite hataken her design skills to new levels with this piece.

With painstaking integrity and a great eye for colour, Helen’s intricate, layered creations are as mind-boggling as they are beautiful. 

Her work truly shines when working on natural, flora and fauna based projects and so The Yards & The Bees was a match made in heaven.

For this piece, Helen has taken one of her signature layered paper artworks and transformed it into a wooden painted scene featuring larger than life plants, flowers and of course, bees.

Helen Musselwhite wip
Helen Musselwhite wip

‘Bees in the City’

For her installation, Helen took direct inspiration from our own beehives on the rooftops at The Yards and made the transition from paper to wood with a larger than life sculpture.

“I was inspired by the beehives that belong to The Yards and imagined a sunny flower-filled roof garden overlooking the area and towards the city skyline.”

From scale paper model, to 3D render to finished product, ‘Bees in the City’ is a wonderful ‘pop-up’ book style piece that brings a splash of colour to The Yards.

Although this piece ventured a little further into the digital art world, usually Helen’s two most important tools are her scalpel and her right hand. In her own words, she’s an ‘analogue artist’. 

Helen Musselwhite
Helen Musselwhite
Helen Musselwhite Helen Musselwhite

Admire this artwork at The Yards

The finished product has been brought to life wonderfully with bright, bold colours and of course maintains Helen’s signature layered style. We think its a beautiful addition to our bee-inspired art trail.

Come and enjoy some art at The Yards while you shop and dine – for the best views of Helen’s artwork, book yourself a table at Dalla Terra or Bill’s and dine al fresco in the courtyard.


‘Bees in the City’ is in St. Martin’s Courtyard at The Yards. 



Read more of our Meet the Maker series here – we also caught up with artists Abbey Lossing, Charlie Davis and Thomas Burden.

Have you visited The Yards & The Bees yet?

Come down to The Yards now to discover our bee-inspired installations, explore the shops and enjoy our restaurants with extra al fresco seating to see the artwork from. Don’t forget to share all your photos with us – use #TheYardsAndTheBees to show us all your snaps!

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more information on a series of bee-inspired workshops, coming to The Yards later this summer. All proceeds will go towards Bee Friendly Trust.

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