I’m Bee. I spent some time growing up in Devon in the 70’s in a converted furniture van and celebrated my first birthday at a Rolling Stones concert at Knebworth, apparently I was asleep the whole time.
With an early love of dance & music from watching my parents freeze to death doing a theatrical interpretation of the Eygptian Book of the Dead at a Edinburgh Festival, I came to love theatre down under at the Old Drill Hall in Mullumbimby. Yes, there is actually somewhere called Mullumbimby.
Back to drizzly hometown Melbourne, finishing highschool directing A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, I went on to a course at the Victorian College of the Arts. There I discovered photography, creative writing, including poetry and 11pm hot chocolates in empty classrooms. A long relationship with the written word developed as theatre-love was buried in too much Lacan theory.
Race towards the end of the naughties and ‘hive’ is now 17 years old…awwww….still doing design, loving learning more about what fine art is…and during 2010-2011 I was crafting poems as a Café Poet at Pheast48, in cahoots with Australian Poetry Ltd.
I love designing books with meticulous & whimsical details.
I love crafting websites with soul & style.
I love creating CD’s that feel good to hold in your hand,
and I love drawing artworks that say something about beauty.
okay. that’s me. Bee x
Bee has been part of 26 exhibitions around Melbourne. In 2010 she was one of six finalists for the A.M.E Bale Art Prize, for ‘works on paper’ at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery. In 2009 she collaborated with Kate Le Plastrier in the exhibition “halos & shadows” at Synergy Gallery, Northcote in 2009. In 2007 she had a duo exhibition with Yasmin Kedem, “Digital Dreams”, at Karstens at CQ, Melbourne CBD.
She has exhibited in three Linden Postcard Shows - in 2006, 2007 & 2014 - at Linden, Acland Street, St Kilda, and in 2005 & 2006 in “Hardcopy: digital art”, at Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park.
In 2009 Bee was involved in her first charity event, exhibiting at “Art of Giving”, Liddiard Gallery, Oakleigh for Mind's Ambassadors of Hope programme, and again in 2010. At the opening of the 2011 MAPrc art auction and exhibition at Obscura Gallery, Balaclava, she was invited to speak alongside Prof. Jayashri Kulkarni. In 2013, 2014 and 2016 she had poems and paintings exhibited in “Art for the Heart”, by Tobin Brothers at Fed Square and Parliament House.
In the past 10 years, Bee has published several photos with Poetica Christi Press, including in “Reflecting on Melbourne” launched at St Paul's Cathedral.
12 artworks in C.R.O.P. "Harvest - an anthology of new works" and a drawing published in “Page Seventeen” journal, issue 4. In 2017 Vineleaves will be including 10 photographs in their last anthology.
In 2007 Bee was awarded a Cultural Development Fund by the City of Port Phillip for her play 'Hamlet's Angel', working with dramaturg Martin White, and play-reading at National Young Writer's Festival in Newcastle and 'Woman's Word' launch. All achieved by having the support of Nilgun Guven as mentor in 2006-2007!
Bee’s first published essay was in "Page Seventeen", issue 12 in 2015. She is a pre-reader for Overland journal’s poetry section, and works on a research committee for Swinburne University.
PUBLISHED WORK includes:
2017 - “Wonderment” - 2 poems included in anthology by PCP
2016 - “Torment & Soul", a book of poems and artwork, launched with music by Harry Williamson.
2011- “Nature - a gift”, a book of poems & artwork, Launched at Pheast48 by Nilgun Guven with music by Harry Williamson.
2010 - a poem & photo published in online journal "Ricochet".
2009 -“ The Hidden Self”, a book of poetry & artwork with Naomi Downie, launched at Dante's, Gertrude Street, by Nilgun Guven, with music by Harry Williamson. 2007 -“ Woman's Word”, published by Kelly-lee Hickey and Nilgun Guven. ”Bubbles of Resistance Rising: Beyond Borders and Binaries" by PPP3.
Reviews include Camille - La Fille du Cirque - for Melbourne Stage online.
E-BOOKS & hardcopies include:
epic poem “I Heard the Voice of the Ocean”, art & poetry “The Immense Sorrow of Stars”, novella - “The Heart is the Garden”, photography book “Shadows of My Neighbourhood”, art & poetry “I Know Om”.
In 2018 Bee had her new short film, "My Dear Friend Art", shown at ACMI, Fed Square, as part of the Mojo Film Festival...In 2017 Bee had her animation screened for the MoJo Short Film Festival, run by Heidi Everett and many years before in 2004 her short dance film 'The Dance' was screened at "The Other Film Festival", at the Melbourne Museum.