Autumn 2013, Deptford Park Primary School, Deptford, London
Artists in Residence: Amy Pliszka
RIVA worked with one year 5 class as part of the cluster 3 art project exploring bee mythology and the waggle dance. The children reflected on the importance of the honeybee for us humans and created fruit paintings that formed a beautiful collective backdrop for the dance.
They created individual ‘cells’ for the bee house; each child thought up a bee legend that was painted on the front panel. For the inside they focused on a body part of the bee: some children explored the eyesight, others the wings etc of those humbling creatures. They all enclosed a secret and some honey in their cells and were very proud to take those precious boxes home after the exhibition.
They also worked with choreographer Ester Braga, exploring the waggle dance.
The work and a recording of the dance was shown at the Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park in February 2014.