bee in the city inspiring women award

Sally-Ann scoops top Inspiring Women award

On Friday 10 May our co-founder Sally-Ann Wilkinson won the prestigious Manchester Bee Award.

Sally-Ann was recognised by the Inspiring Women initiative for her work on Bee in the City.

Sally-Ann comments: “It’s a great honour to have won the Manchester Bee Award in this year’s Inspiring Women Awards. I thank all of the inspiring women I’ve had the privilege to work with throughout my career.  And, particularly those who continue to champion the arts and its huge significance for all of us.”

Charlie Langhorne, Wild in Art’s Managing Director, added: “She has always been an inspiration to me, but now it’s official! Proud to call Sally-Ann my friend and fellow co-founder of Wild in Art.”

Bee in the City

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council brought Manchester together in summer 2018 for Bee in the City. It was one of the most spectacular public art events the city had ever seen and featured hundreds of super-sized sculptures of worker Bees.

Thousands of people discovered more than 230 Bees all over Manchester, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each of the 101 super-sized Bees were designed by a different artist and celebrated the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene. 131 little Bees joined the trail, created by the children and young people.

Many of the Bee in the City sculptures which featured on the art trail were auctioned to raise £1,128,250 for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity. The money supports We Love MCR Charity’s Stronger Communities fund, which provides grants of up to £2000 for initiatives that bring communities together to celebrate diversity and build stronger relationships.

Symbol of Manchester

The worker bee is one of the best-known symbols of Manchester. Unique to the city, it has been an iconic part of Manchester’s coat of arms since 1842 and has become synonymous with Manchester’s spirit of enterprise, resilience and industriousness.