The Queanbeyan Hive’s mission is to create a space/platform and infrastructure to support and foster events that share our values.
We believe in creating a sense of belonging.
Connectivity, Community and Inclusivity.
The Hive takes pride in being a safe space for all ages, race and genders. We encourage the simple and good old ways to connect with one another.
Artistic expression and the enjoyment thereof is a key to lifelong happiness.
We believe everyone can dance and buzz like a bee. Creativity is evident in all that surrounds us.
We just need to slow down and become present with it and embrace it.
Learning and discovering and inspiring others to do the same.
Everyone and everything has a unique past, journey and vast number of experiences. We love story telling and the sharing of knowledge for a richer more enlightened life.
Sustainable living for ourselves and our planet.
We recycle, repurpose old things and keep our environmental footprint as small as possible.
We believe in supporting our local businesses and encouraging a healthy and conscious mindset.
How did we get here?
The Queanbeyan Hive concept has been brewing in the back of Queen Bee Helen's mind since she moved back to her home town in 2009. There were very few places to get breakfast on Saturday morning.
After the purchase of the building in 2014 Helen and Simon kept the building tenanted until their tenants left to find a larger office. This is when the restoration process began to bring this building back to life and up to current building codes. The work involved has been huge and the project has now a life of its own.
The business and cottage has been named The Queanbeyan Hive as it is a place that helps facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas and creativity. It nurtures local artists, communities and businesses to grow. Helen and Simon also have a love for nature and sustainability and realise the critical importance bees have in this equation. To celebrate life we must also celebrate and nurture bees. We work with local experts to encourage workshops and honey for sale. We won't keep an actual bee hive at the Hive, though!
The logo (designed by Helen) was inspired by the pressed tin walls within the heritage cottage.
Within the tin are repeated patterns, much like the cells in a bee hive. The bee shape was created to look like it could have been one of these patterns with its simplicity and symmetry.