Arts & exhibitions

The Hive has a rich and varied programme heavily influenced by the aim to support and promote the work of new and emerging artists alongside experienced local artists, groups and organisations.  

For information about exhibiting and performing at The Hive see Arts@The Hive

  • Stan Young - A Life in Painting - Thu, 12 January Sun, 05 February 2017

    Stan has been working as a painter for more than sixty years and is still as inspired by people, politics and the world around as ever. The art he saw in Florence when serving in the Eighth army encouraged Stan to study art after the war. Since then people have been central to Stan’s work, but he has also, especially since moving to Worcester twenty years ago, enjoyed the painting of landscape and still life. 

  • New College Worcester Oral History Project

    New College Worcester is a residential school for young people aged between 11 and 19 who are blind or visually impaired.  It was founded in 1866 and is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary. 

    During 2016 a group of current students recorded the memories and experiences of former pupils and staff who had attended the college between the 1940s and 2016.  This oral history collection - consisting of over 30 hours of interviews - is now available to the public in the Records Office at The Hive. 

    You can listen to extracts from the interviews by standing under the sound domes on the walkway on Level 2.



  • International Images for Science - Wed, 08 February Wed, 22 March 2017

    100 of the best photographic images of science.  From professional researchers and photographers to dedicated amateurs and young scientists trying to capture science for the first time.  The selectors had just one criterion - the images need to be visually appealing but also have a science story to tell.

    Coinciding with the Images of Science Exhibition is British Science Week (10 - 19 March) and to celebrate this national week of science there will be a series of smaller exhibitions on the Level 0 at The Hive – ‘Fragments’ by Michael Hallett and ‘A Nostalgia for Beauty’ by David James. These thought provoking images showcase the photography of academics at the University of Worcester who are also fellows of The Royal Photographic Society.

    During British Science Week events at The Hive include Science Night (16 March), The Science of Beauty talk (14 March), which is free and open to the public (tickets in advance), and Royal Photographic Society workshops for families (18 March).



  • Hatched! - Mon, 27 March Wed, 26 April 2017

    Recent picture book publications from the University of Worcester Illustration staff team. The books featured are illustrated and written by Piet Grobler, Rebecca Palmer, Stephen Fowler and Daisy Hirst.

    As well as a celebration of internationally published books, there will be a series of workshops run by staff and students from the Illustration course. 




  • Public Art Student Show - Sat, 29 April Thu, 04 May 2017

    An exhibition of work from second year students on the Art & Design and Fine Art courses at the University of Worcester responding to the Hive’s architecture, history and social context. The exhibition will include painting, sculpture, performance and audio-visual works. The exhibition at The Hive forms one part of a series of exhibitions by the students that take place across the city of Worcester.


  • Explore the Past - Bromsgrove

    Working with The Bromsgrove School, Bromsgrove Library and the District Council's Townscape Heritage Initiative, Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service has produced short audio stories from 19 local people who shared their memories of the shops, cafes and pubs along Bromsgrove's High Street from the 1940s onwards.  Listen to the audio stories in the sound domes on level 2 and see the virtual exhibition of images on the touch table also on level 2.

    Image: Pat and John