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Bees, Bees, Hark to Your Bees: A Northumberland Menagerie

Exhibition

Sat 9th April – Sun 30th October, Woodhorn Museum

10am-4pm Wednesday - Sunday and every day during the Northumberland School Holidays Included within admission price

'A Northumberland Menagerie' is a stunning series of new exhibitions by artist Bethan Maddocks.

The exhibitions will appear at Woodhorn Museum, Hexham Old Gaol, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum from Saturday 9th April until Sunday 30th October 2022.

‘A Northumberland Menagerie’ is a stunning series of new exhibitions by artist Bethan Maddocks.  

A ‘menagerie’ is the term used for a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition. Museums Northumberland and Bethan Maddocks invite you to explore our menagerie of extraordinary new animal-themed exhibitions across our four museums. Discover stories of Northumberland’s animals – past and present, real, and imagined – through Bethan’s magical, paper-cut installations.  

At Woodhorn Museum, the historic colliery Cage Shop has been transformed into a giant temple to the worker bee. Exploring collective working, community, and the environment ‘Bees, Bees, Hark to Your Bees!’ symbolically connects the miners who toiled together underground with the collective workers of the beehive. Based on the folkloric tradition of ‘telling the bees’ important news, visitors are immersed in community stories and invited to share their own. In May, a second installation, ‘Work, Rest and Play’ opens in Woodhorn Museum’s main Cutter Building, sharing stories of pit pony life and drawing parallels with the hard work, close community and environmental impact experienced by colliery communities. 

Find out more via our website museumsnorthumberland.org.uk, artist Bethan Maddockswebsite www.bethanmaddocks.com, or via the Northumberland Menagerie Instagram feed @northumberland_menagerie  

With artist thanks to: Jona Aal for technical assistance, Catriona Maddocks and Rémi Bec for artist assistance, the Staff at Museums Northumberland, the many artists, collaborators, and researchers who helped along the way and to all the communities, both human and animal, who donated their time and stories to ‘A Northumberland Menagerie’. 

‘A Northumberland Menagerie’ has been made possible with public funding from Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England. 

Museum Address

Woodhorn Museum
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm

Visit the other 'A Northumberland Menagerie' exhibitions