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

  • A Slice of Worcestershire Open Studios - Mon, 24 July Sun, 20 August 2017

    A sample of work created by artists taking part in this year’s Worcestershire Open Studios (26-28 August) in the café area and cabinets. A range of local artistic talent in a variety of styles and media will be on display including painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and mixed media.

  • Playback Touring Exhibition - Fri, 01 September Thu, 21 September 2017

    Watch over 200 bold and creative short films made by young artist filmmakers. The award-winning short films that feature in this interactive exhibition have been created by 16-24 year-olds from all over England, including young filmmakers from Worcestershire. Presenting films that cover a wide variety of subjects and art forms, Playback reflects the concerns and vision of a diverse pool of young people working with film today. From narrative films about drag queens, super-heroes, job centres and zombies to animated stories that feature talking goldfish and radioactive snails. The exhibition is made up of individual touchscreens, giving you the opportunity to choose the films you wish to see, from drama and comedy, to dance and spoken word.

    The exhibition is funded by Arts Council England and is a joint initiative with Channel 4 Random Acts.

    Also during the exhibition:

    Ink, Paper & Plasticine: an introduction to the basics of animation
    A free workshop suitable for 9 - 16 year olds

    Saturday 9 September, 2 – 5pm     

    Interested in animation? Try your hand at animating with coloured inks, paper cut-outs and plasticine. All you need to bring is a smartphone with working camera or compact digital camera and enthusiasm to give it a go! Workshop by Calling the Shots.  Places are limited and so booking is essential.
    Book a free place

    Filmmaking: where do I start?

    A free workshop suitable for 16 - 24 year olds

    Wednesday 20 September, 4 – 7pm

    Inspired by the short films in Playback? Join us as we get creative and explore your ideas for making a short film. We’ll watch and critique some inspiring shorts, offer insider tips on what makes a good story and how you can get your films made. No experience needed and all ideas and genres of film are welcome! Workshop by Rural Media.  Places are limited so booking is essential.
    Book a free place

  • Pride Art - Mon, 18 September Fri, 29 September 2017

    A collection of works celebrating LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) identities and aesthetics by contemporary artists with a connection to Worcestershire. Gender play, lesbian and gay imagery, queer and trash aesthetics, and Pride’s rainbow colours collide in this collection brought together as part of Worcestershire Pride’s Festival of Arts & Culture. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and coincides with Worcestershire Pride in Worcester on 23 September 2017.

  • WW100

    The display cases on Level 3 hold an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War and particularly the history of Worcestershire’s men and women, fighting and the Home Front. From 31 July the exhibition focuses on the battles of Third Ypres – “Passchendaele Campaign”. 

    July and August