Insect Hotel

51cm x 29cm x88.5cm

As Artist in Residence, I was commissioned by Manchester Museum to create an Insect Hotel within the Beauty and the Beasts: falling in love with insects exhibition beginning the end of February 2020. I worked creatively with the public exploring the importance of insects to inform the artwork. A grandfather clock case was used as a foundation to symbolise time is of the essence to care for our earth and all living things, as we are all connected. The residency was cut short due to the pandemic and the artwork was completed in my Lytham St Annes studio.

As a tangential, over 20 poems were created in response to Manchester Museum’s collection of insects. To read a selection click here.

“Kate brings a passion of bringing people together to explore their own creativity.

…we commissioned Kate to be an artist in residence to create an insect hotel.  Kate’s friendly and curious nature, meant that her conversations with visitors in the Museum about insects and our world came easily, generating ideas, thoughts and connection.”   

“With the pandemic Kate has been able to complete the Insect hotel in her studio – connecting with people via virtual workshops and sharing her creativity with Emmaus Manchester, one of the Museum’s partners through the Arts and Homelessness network.”

Anna Bunney

Manchester Museum Engagement Manager

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