In the aftermath of the horrific events at Manchester Arena on the 22nd May, poet Tony Walsh delivered a rousing poem entitled ’This Is The Place’ at the official vigil outside Manchester Town Hall. The poem caught the imagination of the public and Tony has now collaborated with Manchester artist Amy Coney on a painting project that will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and Forever Manchester.

Amy performed a 10-hour live painting alongside Bad Fun DJ’s takeover at Gorilla on Sunday, 28th June. The painting, entitled ‘Bee Love’, features the words from Tony Walsh’s poem ‘This Is The Place’ embodying the iconic Manchester bee.

The art auction is open to all individuals and businesses and originally went live on social channels on Monday 5th June. The top bid is currently an amazing £5,600 and will be relaunched on the 1st August. The organisers are hoping for much more after the involvement of a series of high profile stars from Manchester and beyond.

Several musicians, including Elbow, the 1975, George Ezra, Johnny Marr, Two Door Cinema Club, Blossoms, Dave Haslam, Clint Boon and Peter Hook have all signed in addition to other icons including David May and Anthony Crolla, Peter Saville and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

More have also already committed to sign the final piece of art at Kendal Calling, alongside Amy and Tony, and many more icons have been contacted and will be getting involved.

Prints of the painting will be available online shortly to continue to raise money for Forever Manchester who help communities and other charities in Greater Manchester, making it accessible to all.

There is also a just giving page for small donations and the full story here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BeeLove