An Art Hive is a community art studio where everyone is considered an artist. The Art Hive movement began in Montreal, Canada with the vision of Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, Associate Professor, Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University. An Art Hive “celebrates the strengths and capacities of individuals and communities and fosters self-directed experiences of creativity, learning and skill sharing” (www.arthives.org).
The Blackrock Park Art Hive was located in Blackrock, County Louth. Blackrock Park is a community crafted park, designed and cultivated by hundreds of adults and children living nearby. The gardens in the park are biodiversity and pollinator friendly. There is a forest garden (with edible wild foods), a medieval garden, a Celtic garden, an intergenerational flower garden, a wildflower garden and nature habitats developed by local school children.
During the summer of 2018, The Blackrock Park Art Hive developed an outdoor studio for families, which produced creations for a home display of seasonal artworks.