By Lillian Whitaker

Presented by Metro Arts in association with Museum of Brisbane

A series of installations exploring bees and humans that will leave you positively buzzing.

Co-existing Pollinators (2020-2021) is an exhibition by Lillian Whitaker that explores the collaborative relationship between humans and bees. The work includes an observational beehive, cocktail, beeswax sculptures, and video and sound installation. This show celebrates the ecological importance of honeybees and our dependence on them as humans. 

Join us for the first week of BAD (7 – 13 May) as we observe our resident European honeybees taking from and contributing to the surrounding environment while they build within their custom designed hive. Following this you’ll find the second iteration of the work (21 – 30 May) that includes a video and sound installation, the bees wax sculptures, and a delicious honey cocktail. 


Metro Arts, West End


8 – 30 May, 2021


Exhibition Opening Hours:
Sat, 8 May 10am-6pm
Tue 11 May – Sat 15, 10am-4pm
Sun, 16 May CLOSED
Tue 18 May – Sat 22 May 10am-10pm
Sun, 23 May CLOSED
Tue 25 May – Sat 29 May 10am-10pm
Sun 30 May 10am-7pm

Image Courtesy the artist.


Lillian Whitaker is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based visual artist and musician who’s practice adopts an environmental perspective. Whitaker analyses aspects of ecology with a specific focus on themes of symbiosis, mutualism and parasitism within European honeybee colonies. Through affective art experiences, Whitaker aims to highlight the importance of ecological balance in the context of a human-induced Anthropocene. Whitaker uses practical field-work methods whereby she carefully observes ecological phenomena and links these to conducted scientific research. This involves collaborating with bee colonies to create physical sculpture and soundscapes. 

In 2017 as a recipient of a Creative Generation Excellence Award, Whitaker exhibited bee-related artwork The Hive (2017) in both the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, and GoMA. As a recipient of the Flying Arts Alliance Queensland Regional Art Award: Betty Crombie Young Artist Development (2018) and Digital Art Award (2019) Whitaker went on to exhibit environmental artworks in Meanjin-based galleries including the Judith Wright Centre, and QCA’s Pop Gallery, as well as galleries in Hervey Bay, Moranbah, Roma, Charters Towers, Charleville, Gatton, Ingham, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Winton, Toogoolawah and Goondiwindi. In her 2020 artist residency at Queensland’s State-Library – the Edge, Whitaker merged art, technology, communication and scientific methods to create artworks which responded to scientific provocations concerning honeybee behaviour.


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