About Us

Honeyscribe was established by artist-curator Amy Shelton as a creative exploration of the relationship between bee health, human health the environment and the arts. Since 2011, Honeyscribe has delivered a rich and dynamic body of work which creates dialogue and exchange between scientists, producers, visual artists, writers, school children and the general public through artistic practise.

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs document the role of a ‘Honey Scribe’, tasked to record every drop of honey produced. Shelton has assumed the function of a contemporary honeyscribe, creating art works and curating projects which chart current threats to the health of pollinators and the biodiverse habitats which sustain them. Through delivering inspiring collaborations and projects with an eclectic constellation of partners in unexpected places, Honeyscribe engages diverse audiences with some of the most urgent environmental challenges we face, proposing how art can be a powerful tool to redirect our consciousness to a full consideration of our place in the natural world.

Honeyscribe supports the development and touring of Shelton’s creative work; the delivery of a portfolio of commissions, collaborations and curated programmes of events, and a pioneering Learning and Engagement programme reaching hundreds of school children, patient groups, charities, special schools, and community groups across the UK.

We work out of a beautiful garden studio in Exeter, Devon, and in locations across the globe, wherever projects take us, cross-pollinating audiences with our projects.


Amy Shelton

Artistic Director, Honeyscribe
amy@honeyscribe.org.uk


Amy Shelton is a visual artist and the Artistic Director of Honeyscribe. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and public venues including the Southbank Centre, Eden Project, Peninsula Arts, Wellcome Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Gallery of the Literary Bureau, Schwalenberg, Germany, and DAAD Gallery, Berlin.

Shelton has been commissioned to create public artworks celebrating place-specific biodiversity, most recently a public artwork installed in Princesshay commissioned by The Crown Estate which documents the flora growing on the rooftop bee garden in Princesshay, Exeter, and in 2019 by Greenhill Arts, creating a large lightbox installation composed of pressed flowers gathered by the community over an entire year which is permanently installed in the Health Centre.

Amy has 25 years’ experience working in the arts, and was Centre Director at the Arvon Foundation Totleigh Barton throughout the 90’s. In 2011, she established Honeyscribeto explore the relationship between bee health, human health, the environment and the arts. The spirit of collaboration infuses all aspects of her work, as does her belief in the value of creativity in enhancing health and wellbeing.

The research and creation of Shelton’s celebrated Florilegium: Honey Flow series was supported by Wellcome Arts Awards, and was a project which involved engaging with emerging scientific investigations into the cause of pollinator decline and creating artworks to communicate this complex environmental story. After touring extensively across the UK and Europe, the full series of Florilegium: Honey FlowI,II, III, IV artworks was purchased by Wellcome Collection in 2014 where they are now on permanent display.

In 2014 she curated the exhibition Apiculture: Bees and The Art of Pollination at Peninsula Arts University of Plymouth (featuring work by ten Internationally renowned artists including Susan Derges, Alec Finlay, Bill Woodrow and Tessa Farmer). A second incarnation of the show was installed at Spacex Exeter as their last exhibition in 2016 and included works by high-profile artists from across the South West (including Sarah Gillespie, Peter Randall-Page and Jem Southam).

In the summer of 2017 Amy was artist in residence at Now Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula, where she set up a studio in the shed designed by Tom Dixon situated in the garden created by Alys Fowler and Stevie Parle a stone’s throw from the 02 stadium, from where she charted the biodiverse flora growing across the Greenwich Peninsula. Amy has been artist in residence at Buckfast Abbey’s famous Bee Department since 2009 when her artistic investigation into the life and health of the honeybee began.

Amy is a Resident Artist at Kaleider and an Associate Artist at CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World).

Amy Shelton and award-winning author John Burnside are currently working on a new collaborative series of work Bee Myths as the next phase of their ongoing artistic collaboration supported by Arts Council England.

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Emily Williams

Producer, Honeyscribe
emily@honeyscribe.org.uk


Emily Williams is an independent producer based in Bristol who is driven by a desire to support a more ambitious, collaborative and exciting cultural ecology for professionals and audiences living and working in the South West and beyond.

Emily works as Honeyscribe’s Producer and leads on the fundraising, business development and project delivery as well as supporting Amy to design and deliver the artistic programme.

Emily has built a reputation over the last 10 years around strategic and organisational development, fundraising, artist support, producer development and the producing of internationally renowned work often in non-traditional theatre spaces.

Emily is the former Executive Director of Situations where she led the business operations of the organisation. Emily is a founding member of Kaleider and between 2011 – 2015 was Producer and then Executive Producer. Emily also co-founded and co-directed Wide Awake Devon (2010-2013), a development organisation that focused on creating networks, access points and resources such as producing capacity for the performance sector in Devon. Emily also worked as Creative Producer for the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth (2010-2012). In 2014 Emily was selected for the Clore Emerging Leaders Course.

Emily is currently on Maternity Leave.

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Trustees

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Suzy Wilson (Chair)

Suzy is Artistic Director of acclaimed theatre company Clod Ensemble and creator of their Performing Medicine programme.

She is Honorary Professor at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary.

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Stephen Rooney

Stephen works as an Executive Coach with The Mind at Work, a consultancy whose clients include a a wide range of private and public sector organisations in the UK and around the world. He previously enjoyed a long career in corporate communications during which he held senior leadership positions in a number of national UK organisations, including as Director of Corporate Communications at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (2010-2014), Communications Director at the Electoral Commission (2005-2010), and leading the communications teams at deafblind charity Sense and the British Deaf Association.

Stephen has also served on the boards of several charities: he was a trustee and chair of mental health charity PACE, a trustee of the UK Council on Deafness, and trustee and chair of the Clod Ensemble, a theatre company.

He holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from the University of East London, and an MA and PhD in English Literature from Sussex University.

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Anneliese Graham

Anneliese Graham is Head of Programme at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. Anneliese oversees the artistic programme across the theatre’s stages. Previously she was General Manager at Siobhan Davies Dance and has also worked for Clod Ensemble, Fuel and Battersea Arts Centre. Anneliese graduated from The University of Nottingham with a BA in history and also holds an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths.