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Hive Community, Tom Watkins

Hive Community is part of a series of five window displays made by local artists and commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, made in response to the theme of how arts, culture and creativity help to rebuild city centres post-lockdown.

You will find the other four located in and around Whitefriargate in Hull city centre. 

Exploring parallels between humans living in urban conditions and colonies existing in the natural world in honeycomb habitats, artist Tom Watkins looks at the responsibilities that we have for the collective good of our communities, our species and the planet as a whole.

Using multiple layers and textures with an interactive digital element, this installation represents the layout of the city in a honeycomb design, with the artist asking questions on the dangers of hive mentality and examining issues around subjects like apathy, autonomy and agency.

“You’re invited to come and control the content of my interactive installation “Hive Community”.
My piece involves multiple layers of texture and lighting which can be manipulated by your movements, in a fun yet thought provoking 3D display.” – Tom Watkins

Hive Community encourages members of the public to become active participants rather than passive observers, to compare the actions and freedom of human beings with bee colonies and to ask ourselves what our role in society could be, in a post-pandemic world.

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Nearest toilets can be found at Queen Victoria Square and Trinity Market.

Nearest baby changing facilities can be found at Trinity Market.

Creative Hull will be taking place under the current government guidelines. Hand sanitiser will be available at each event, and if the event is indoors, you must wear a mask unless you’re exempt or under the age of eleven. If you are exempt, please let a member of our team know.

Social distancing will be in place, and we will manage the capacity of each venue on an individual basis. We ask that you visit us with your household or your support bubble.

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Friday 16 – Sunday 18 July


24 hours


16 Whitefriargate, HU1 2ER

No booking required