Swarm, exhibition of Year 7 Braunton Academy students
at Studio KIND.
27th May - 1st June
Swarm showcases the incredible talents of Year 7 art students at Braunton Academy. Over the past few months they’ve been working on a project exploring the structure, importance and variety of insects.
There are between six and ten million species of insects. They are an important part of ecological function by improving soil, pollinating plants and supporting the growth of plants and food. Yet despite their vital role in restoring balance in nature, lots of people are put off by them, and they can sometimes be depicted as scary.
‘If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos’
- Edward O. Wilson
Insects have also had symbolic meanings throughout history and the world. In ancient Egypt the scarab was a symbol of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection. The bee was a symbol of royalty and power, inspired by the legend that the bee was born from the tears of Ra, who was an important sun god among ancient Egyptians.
The exhibition will display 150 sculptures made from an eclectic array of materials, with every student in Year 7 contributing their work. This will be presented alongside a selection of 2D work that responds to these themes.