Some new faces will be hopping up in Southend-on-Sea this summer! The Royals Shopping Centre have teamed up with Havens Hospices and Wild in Art to bring you Hares About Town; a free art trail of huge hares and leaping leverets, all designed by local artists and schoolchildren in Southend.
As a main sponsor, The Royals are lucky enough to have our own hare called Queen Bee. She has been beautifully designed by artist Beverley Fisher. Here we meet Beverley and learn some more about the inspiration behind Queen Bee.
Beverley Fisher’s Story
Growing up in Canterbury Beverley always knew she wanted to work in a creative ﬁeld. She moved away to study Textile Design but came back once studies had ﬁnished and now lives with her partner of 25 years and their Son aged 11.
Starting her career as a Textile Designer she quickly moved into the Greeting Card Industry and for the past 20 years has worked for Cherry Orchard Publishing as their Creative Director, a job she loves. Studio life is fast paced with a constant ﬂow of deadlines and an ever-expanding portfolio. Over the years she has spent less time designing and more time managing her team, therefore working on her own projects has become an important part of life.
Beverley is always looking for new and creative projects to get involved with. She loves exhibiting her varied portfolio which ranges from detailed, modern wildlife art to experimental abstracts and is always happy to take on the challenge of a pet portrait. Her artwork can be found on various products such as Cushions, Stationery and Tote bags as well as limited edition prints, she takes pride on the quality of her products and enjoys keeping herself busy with Pop ups when she is not in the Cherry Orchard Studio. Art is a passion for Beverley, from working and helping her team of designers to working on her own projects
The Inspiration Behind Queen Bee
Queen Bee was inspired by the need to look after our Bees. These beautiful little creatures are in trouble. With numbers declining across the world, due to loss of habitat, exposure to pesticides and the effects of climate change mean that more than ever we need to recognise the importance of Bees.
Back in 2018 I painted Vincent Van Pooch for Ashford Snowdogs he came from a painting I had produced a few years earlier inspired by my love of Japanese art and a Vincent Van Gogh painting – Almond Blossom. Vincent was covered in blossom ﬂowers, each individual petal was painted with care and attention, working with different paint consistences the ﬂowers were given a 3dimensional feel… I have used this same technic for Queen Bee but with the addition of our need to recognise the importance of Bees!
Hares About Town with The Royals
Launching Thursday 1st July, the Hares About Town trail will start at the Royals with lots to see and do in the centre.
- Visit our Harequarters where you can meet the wonderful Havens Hospices team and pick up your official trail map
- See the lovely leverets designed by local school children as part of the Hares About Town learning programme
- PLUS, see The Royals’ very own amazzzing hare … Queen Bee!
Whether you are part of the local community in Southend or visiting for the day, join in the fun this summer at The Royals! Find out more here
Summer fun at The Royals
This summer is set to be a big one! Join in the fun at The Royals with our Little Royalty Summer Fun Days, every Wednesday throughout the school holidays starting on 28th July 2021. For all the latest on our events, sign up to the Little Royalty newsletter and keep an eye on The Royals Shopping Centre Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.