Nicholas Hester is an artist and beekeeper. A drive to look below the surface, using technology in service of research and craft, is the thread of connectedness between this exhibition and earlier work. The project began at the 'Association for Visual Arts' during its first manifestation and continues at NIROX and project58 in the Cradle of Humankind. The residency will include the installation of an apiary of Eco Hives designed by the artist and will emanate from continued research on the bees and will be exhibited at NIROX at the end of October.
From 22 – 23 October 2021, Nicholas Hester will host a workshop at FARMHOUSE 58 entitled ‘Live Bees: Merging Art & Nature through Regenerative Beekeeping’ alongside his NIROX residency. Immerse in conversation and talks, lunch at And then there was fire, a nature walk, and raw honey tasting.
The workshop will explore the topic of regenerative agriculture, specifically in relation to beekeeping, against the overall theme of the merging of art and nature.
Nicholas will discuss bees and their importance in regenerative beekeeping and eco hive design, after which, Julia West will facilitate a conversation on regenerative agriculture. African cultural expert Rutendo Ngara, and Elder Ntate Cebisa Mabena, will guide the narrative on animism and the cultural importance of bees.
The program will begin at 09:00 and conclude at 17:00. We encourage guests to stay the night at FARMHOUSE 58 which can be booked at https://www.farmhouse58.co/
Guests may join for the day, or stay over from Friday to Saturday evening and attend Nicholas’s exhibition opening on Saturday at NIROX. To view the full program, please have a look at our website on https://www.58.life/programs/livebeeswithnicholashester
Friday 22 October 2021
09:00 - Arrival and refreshments
10:00 - 11:00 - Nic Hester introduces the subject of bees and their importance, then discusses his art project.
11:00 - 12:00 - Rutendo Ngara and Ntate Cebisa Mabena, African cultural expert and Elder, to discuss animism and the cultural importance of bees.
12:00 - 13:30 - Lunch at 'and then there was fire...' (Please note this menu is pre-selected 3-plate tapas, meal and beverages not included.)
13:30 - 14:15 - Nic Hester covers regenerative beekeeping, including an overview of his eco-hive design.
14:15 - 15:00 - Julia West talk on regenerative agriculture.
15:00 - 16:00 - Nature walk with Nicholas Hester, project 58's farmer Willem Botha and Julia West.
16:00 - 17:00 - Honey tasting with Native Nosi, who will discuss the various health benefits associated with raw honey.
Saturday 23 October 2021
From 10:30 - Nicholas Hester's exhibition opening at NIROX
Workshop Ticket (1 day): R950 (includes access to full-day workshop + lunch at ‘and then’.
Exhibition Launch (1 day): R120 (standard NIROX entrance), option to purchase R80 voucher (sold at gate) to participate in champagne and honey tasting.
For details on the overnight package at FARMHOUSE 58 and accommodation rates, please have a look at our website https://www.58.life/programs/livebeeswithnicholashester