Past Event

Pieces Spaces Species | Working Bees

Tūrei 23 Mei

Tuesday 23 May


16 Dowling Street, Central Dunedin

Pieces Spaces Species | Working Bees

Join us for an engaging talk on native and introduced bees in Aotearoa and their unique ecological habits. Working Bees brings together an entomologist and an artist who each study and observe bees in their local environments.

In this event, we will hear from Dr. Jenny Jandt, a renowned researcher specialising in bees and wasps, including native bees. Jenny heads the Jandt Lab at the University of Otago, where her research sheds light on the behavior and ecology of these insect species.

We will also be joined by Taarn Scott, an artist whose ceramic sculptures, candles and sound work in Pieces Spaces Species draw from her own research into native and introduced bees.

Working Bees is part of the exhibition Pieces Spaces Species with Yana Dombrowsky-M’Baye, Lucy Hill and Taarn Scott.

Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. Feel free to invite friends and family who share an interest in bees, art and the ecology of local environments.


This May we have an exciting programme of events for the exhibition Pieces Spaces Species.

We start with Notes of Dispersal, a sign-up postal exchange on Thursday, May 18. Following that, on Tuesday, May 23 don’t miss out on Working Bees, a conversation between Jenny Jandt and Taarn Scott. To conclude the exhibition, on Saturday May 27 we will be hosting Some Meetings & Ends, an artist talk and guided walk with Yana Dombrowsky-M'Baye, Lucy Hill and Taarn Scott.

Taarn Scott

Taarn Scott is an artist from Ōtepoti who studied at Elam School of Fine Arts. Scott is interested in the tactile and the poetic. Recent exhibitions include the group show (Grow)home, Anteroom, Ōtepoti and Ngā Hau o Tāwhirimātea with Hana Pera Aoake and Riki Gooch, Enjoy, Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Scott has also collaborated on a series of exhibitions with Aoake and Wesley John Fourie: Invasive Weeds (or I wish I could give you the world, but I was only given mud, rot, and the bones of a half-eaten fish), The Physics Room, Ōtautahi; The Future of Dirt, RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau; and An Endless Sky of Honey, Meanwhile, Te Whanganui-a-Tara.