Andrea Ku is an artist and environmentalist focusing on biodiversity and community specialising in the natural history of public spaces. Her practice is led by community-based hands-on activism to collaboratively learn together and build together, enhancing local spaces for people, pollinators and place. She is a beekeeper and gardener who manages 45 beehives in community gardens and spaces throughout Merseyside, delivering nature courses based on the social construct of a beehive. As a volunteer, she also runs ‘The Friends of Sefton Park’ delivering engaging, educational guided walks and talks about the park’s natural and social history.
As part of her journey into community and nature delivery, Andrea became a forest school practitioner to connect people to nature using engaging, playful activities of den building, habitat creation and allowing individuals a safe space to appreciate the natural world within the city.
Andrea Ku graduated with a Fine Art degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and then went on to complete her PG Diploma and MA in Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett University. She has since worked in the community and environmental sector to create her practice. She is based at Aspen Yard Studios, Toxteth, Liverpool, where she has a studio and workshop.
“I’m really excited about this residency as it gives an opportunity to a wider audience to get involved with Botanic Park in a creative and playful way.”
Cover image credit: Jazamin Sinclair