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

  • Bratislava Illustration Biennale (BIB) - Thu, 05 May Tue, 31 May 2016

    An exhibition of the eleven international prize-winning Illustrations for 2015/16 and the entries of the other nominated UK illustrators.


    The BIB is the largest and most influential international prize for published picture books. IBBY UK (The international board on books for young people) and the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society are the official nominating bodies for the UK participants in this competition.


    For the first time the UK was represented by 13 illustrators in the 2015/16 competition. British illustrator, Laura Caulin received the Grand Prix and Levi Pinfold was awarded a plaque.

  • Worcester Society of Artists - Sat, 18 June Fri, 01 July 2016

    Paintings by your local artists


    Worcester Society of Artists was formed in 1947 ‘to encourage participation in the visual arts for all within the local area’. Anyone with an interest in art, irrespective of their initial ability or talent is welcome to join the group which meets weekly on Monday evenings in St John’s.


  • Fossils in the GeoPark - Mon, 04 July Sun, 17 July 2016

    The Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark covers 1250km2 and takes in parts of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. The Abberley and Malvern Hills form the backbone of an area illustrating over 500 million years of diverse Earth history. Stratigraphy from Precambrian to Quaternary is represented and this exhibition tells the story of that Earth history. 

    Ask the expert:Saturday 9 & 16 July, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Fossils and geological rocks identification.

  • Battle of the Somme - Fri, 01 July

    Featuring stories of 5 Worcester city men who were killed in July 1916 alongside letters, photographs and documents about other aspects of the war. 

    From 1 July in the cabinets on level 3.

    The Battle of the Somme film, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum will be showing on level 2 on 3, 6, 9, 13, 14 & 16 July. 

    On 14 July Michael Stedman, published expert on the Battles of the Somme will accompany the film showing with a talk.


  • The Hungry Caterpillar - Wed, 20 July Thu, 01 September 2016

    A walk-through sensory exhibition for children based on a new tactile edition of this classic book.


    The new book, which is also available in braille, has been produced by Lemniscaat Publishers (Netherlands) and Dreaming Fingers (India). The brilliant illustrations, collages of specially prepared paper, and the cleverly die-cut pages show what the Hungry Caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to ten objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The books are for all children, including the visually impaired and children with special needs.

  • 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