By Lillian Whitaker

Presented by Metro Arts in association with Museum of Brisbane

A series of outdoor 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. Involving an observational beehive, bee-themed cocktail, and beeswax sculptures, this show celebrates the ecological importance of honeybees and our dependence on them as humans. Join us as we observe our resident European honeybees taking from and contributing to the surrounding environment while they build within their custom designed hive.


Metro Arts, West End


8 – 30 May, 2021

Sat 8th: 10am – 6pm
Tues 11th – Sun 16th: 10am – 4pm
Tues 18th – Sat 22nd: 10am – 10pm
Sun 23rd: 10am – 4pm
Tues 25th – Sat 29th: 10am – 10pm
Sun 30th: 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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