This summer the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s ‘Making a buzz for the Coast’ project launched an art competition to celebrate the humble bumblebee.
As a way to celebrate our cultural and artistic connection to nature, the Kent based art competition was launched in July to the people of Kent, encouraging them to explore their local patch and gardens to find the perfect bumblebee muse.
Finding artistic inspiration should be easy as Kent has a high diversity of bumblebee species, with 22 out of the 24 UK species recorded. Known as the ‘the garden of England’ Kent provides a ‘hot spot’ for creativity.
Throughout the challenges of the pandemic this year, many of us have found being outdoors and connecting with nature incredibly valuable to our wellbeing. The people of Kent didn’t disappoint with their fantastic submissions from all age groups.
Entries closed in September and were shortlisted by the Making a Buzz for the Coast team. Those shortlisted for each category were judged by renowned artist and wildlife illustrator Richard Lewington (www.richardlewington.co.uk). Specialising in insects and invertebrates, Richard has illustrated many field guides including “Field Guide to the Bees of Britain and Ireland”. Richard recently designed the ‘Brilliant Bugs’ Royal Mail postage stamps, released in October 2020, in celebration of our British pollinators.
Emma Lansdell, Project Manager for Making a Buzz for the Coast said “We are delighted with the response we have received from people of different ages in Kent to our bumblebee art competition. We are grateful to Richard Lewington for making the final decision on the winners in each category. The artistic expression shown by all the artists taking part celebrates the affection people have for the beautiful bumblebees of Kent”.
Huge congratulations to each winner who will receive their prize and a bumblebee goody bag shortly.
Here are our Bumblebees of Kent Art Competition winners 2020: