Bee in the City’s golden honey bee brings a taste of summer to Manchester City Centre

Manchester City Centre was treated to a dazzling preview of this summer’s public art exhibition, Bee in the City, when its 1.8m golden chrome ‘Au’ bee toured key locations across the city on Friday

By Steven Pankhurst | 14 March 2018

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The ‘Au’ bee was spotted in St Peter’s Square, Manchester Central, Manchester Science Park and Castlefield, where it stopped off to see the team at Well Pharmacy, who have just been announced as the first headline sponsor for the trail, which will leave a lasting legacy for various local charitable causes through the We Love MCR Charity.

The ‘Au’ bee gave just a taste of the much anticipated, stunning colony of over eighty super-sized bee sculptures, each with its own unique design, crafted by regional professional and emerging artists which will land in the city for nine weeks in July-September 2018.

Each bee is sponsored by a local business who work with artists, create an amazing array of designs, showcasing a range of styles, techniques and themes that reflect the city, and will be displayed through streets, parks and public spaces across Manchester.

Throughout the summer, families, communities, residents and visitors to Manchester will follow the trail, using the app to ‘collect’ each bee on the trail, which could include anything and everything from The Bee Gees to Bee-am Gallagher.

National pharmacy chain, Well, has been confirmed as the project’s ‘Health and Wellbeing Partner’ and is keen to show the public the health benefits connected to the project.  Well, Pharmacyis working with Bee in the City to include a pedometer and other healthy initiatives to improve well-bee-ing en route.


Bee in the City is produced by Wild in Art in partnership with Manchester City Council, bringing all Manchester’s communities together to create the exhibition, and includes an inspirational learning project to give children and young people the chance to take part.

There has been huge demand from sponsors and artists and there are only 25 sponsorship opportunities left so any companies looking to secure one of the final remaining bees should get in touch with Julie Gaskell –