Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The First Cut @ Manchester Art Gallery

Wild Bees have been on hiatus whilst we both found our feet... they were on the end of our legs this whole time.. ba bum! So we're back and with lots of exciting projects coming up!

Dan has been busy with his band Cleft. They have just finished their new EP - Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dan and John, and artwork by me, Jess. It's DIY at it's finest folks, go have a listen and then order a limited edition copy!
I have been busy at a lovely Primary School for the past 6 months, but I recently said my farewells to get my head back into film making, and so far so good!

Over the Summer, Wild Bees were commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery to make a promotional film and research tool for students and craft enthusiasts in connection with The First Cut exhibition. This was incredible highlight for us!

A huge thank you to the artists who took part, we loved having a good snoop around your studios and eating your biscuits. It was such an inspiring project and the exhibition is one of the best I've seen in years! The film is being exhibited alongside all of the wonderful work and we are just thrilled to be a part of it.

Another great project will be coming as a result of this, but going to keep that under wraps for now.

Lady Wild Bee x

Friday, 9 March 2012

Chance Compositions

Last month I co-ran an Imagine workshop at Manchester Art Gallery with Michiko Fujii.This months topic was Chance inspired by the Surrealist Artists displayed in the Modern and Contemporary Gallery.
We had 5 record players and lots of interesting vinyl records for families to experiment with and make a Chance Composition by manipulating the vinyl - using stickers, tape, sandpaper, and their imagination. We also made Chance Collages using the record sleeves which complimented the amazing sounds!

I have worked with a record player in an early years setting before. I was inspired by Christian Marclay and his interest in unwanted sounds such as scratches and pops on records.

It was great to have the opportunity do it on a larger scale. The sounds really attracted people to get involved and everyone really enjoyed it.

Can't wait to do more sound work at the gallery!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Mini Art Club

Mini Art Club February 2012

"Mixing it up"

 An exploration of Primary Colours with light and paint.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Mini Post on Mini Art Club

Bon giorno!

I thought I'd do a mini post on mini art club as we have recently made a mini film for Manchester Art Gallery.

Mini Art Club is a free monthly session created for children ages 0-5. (My Favourite!!)
Michiko is the lady who creates a new world of visual and interactive delight each month, and I'm her helperer. I have taken my camera each time to capture lovely mini moments and its been brilliant! 
This film is from the August session focusing on Light. (Which I was very familiar with from working at Reggio Emilia fanatics Reflections Nursery - Always loving light!)

I have a back catalogue of little clips from over the months that hopefully will make themselves into films soon.

I have recently been approached by the Cultural Volunteers Coordinators Forum, (who work with Manchester Art Gallery and lots of other galleries and museums) to make an 8 minute film to promote volunteering around Manchester. Fingers crossed I get picked as the most bestest candidate.


Lady Wild 

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Manchester Art Gallery

Jessica here,
We were extremely privileged to be asked to make a film for Manchester Art Gallery to be part of the Pre-Raphaelite Experiment - a year long investigation into what the Pre-Raphaelite paintings mean to Mancunians today.

I worked alongside some lovely artists as part of the month long project Far Far Away: A Summer of Stories for Families.

As always, 
Filmed by Jess (and additional footage by some of the galleries handy employees)
and Music by Dan

I'm very excited to be part of this exhibition. I have visited the gallery from a very young age, as did my parents and my grandparents. I think my granddad used to come and see the exhibitions instead of going to school!

This film and other related material will be exhibited at the end of the month until April 2012.

Go have a lookie.
Oh and if you have enough money (£8) go and see the Ford Maddox Brown exhibition, I went to the preview with Miss Lauren Berry, (and even though we missed the free booze,) it was an incredible collection of work!

Lady Bee Wild

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Mixtape 1 - FIRST BLOG UP NORTH!!!


We've decided to make a mixtape every week which you can download by clicking the image below. This week we have tried to make a soundtrack for an imaginary film. It's quite eclectic but we think it's a good listen.

Wild Bees Mixtape 1

Please note that we do not own any of the material in this playlist, we are happy to remove it immediately if the owner of the copyright so wishes.

It's been ages since we've posted a blog, so here we are! We've been very busy moving to Manchester (Chorlton Cum- Hardy to be precise). We're all settled in and have already attended several surprisingly debauched house parties in what we thought was a relatively sleepy suburb.

So what have we been up to other than partying like Charlie Sheen?

Jess has been working here freelance running art workshops for little people (that means children not the vertically challenged).

Dan has been working freelance for this lot running music technology workshops in a studio that features in the film 24 hour party people with the happy mondays (well, actors pretending to be the happy mondays)!

Keep your eyes peeled for next week's mix!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Nordic Giants - Little Bird feat. Alyusha Live

We graced playgroup with our presence to capture Nordic Giants unveiling their new single Little Bird feat. Alyusha.

They put on a riveting gig with they're great combination of ethereal post-rock and beautiful/brutal films projected to their performance.

Visit for more tunes and info!

Hopefully they'll come to visit Manchester and we can record their next single.

Wild bees