MMeets Make an insect hotel: An urban ecology workshop
Sun 3 Dec 2017, 2.00pm–4.00pm
Photo by Kristy Kight
Beekeeper and artist Nic Dowse is joined by artist Zhu Ohmu, both of multi-disciplinary collective Honey Fingers, to lead us on a two-part MMeets that explores our human relationship with nature.
Part One: Learning to think like a bee in the Anthropocene
This workshop explores how urban beekeeping—and making things like insect hotels—can teach us new ways to think about non-human beings, urban ecologies, urban food webs and the city-versus-nature divide. Nic will guide us through the notion that getting involved in activities like insect hotels can give us a sneak peek into the complex entanglements of humans and ecologies in the twenty-first century.
Part Two: Make an insect hotel
This is your chance to get hands-on and practice the concepts you’ve just learned. Nic and Zhu lead us in the assembly of an insect hotel to take home with a no-tools, no-sharp-bits, all-ages workshop for creating pollinator-friendly breeding and over-wintering habitats for native bees and wasps. All materials provided are foraged or found and the exact specifications of your habitat is based upon advice from Dr Ken Walker, senior curator of entomology, Museums Victoria.
Come to MPavilion and bee involved!