COMBINE a digital artist and beekeeper with a desire to re-wild local habitats, and what do you get?

You get Lily Hunter Green, who is all of those things, and will be giving a free digital workshop and a Q&A talk to explain and involve residents in her practice, at two events next week.

Lily Hunter Green - whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally - has an arts residency at Chalkwell Park based arts organisation Metal, where she is working on her project The Blue Halo.

The Blue Halo is named after a blue halo which is radiated around flowers, invisible to the naked human eye, but irresistible to bees and other pollinators.

Centred around pollinators, specifically bees, The Blue Halo is an "immersive digital art project that is designed as both a celebration of the symbiotic relationship between the flower and the bee, and a living pulsating creative urgent call to action to re-wild and rebuild our local habitats".

Lily explains: "The Blue Halo forms a part of my ongoing 'Sci-Art' project - Bee Composed Live - an interdisciplinary creative hivemind which brings musicians, coders and scientists together to raise awareness of the decline in pollinators globally.

"The Blue Halo is an art project designed as both a celebration of the relationship between the flower and the bee, and is a creative urgent call to action to re-wild and rebuild our local habitats.

"It involves local people in a creative and environmentally focused initiative, ending with an art installation at Chalkwell Park, Metal, Southend, and promotes an understanding of the importance of biodiversity.

"As this is a community project, I feel it’s important to emphasise that honeybees work as a ‘collective consciousness’ a community in the hive, everybody is given a representative voice and they all know what they need to do to make the colony a success.

"These lessons from nature teach us about becoming a more cooperative place.

"We will select pollinator-friendly flowers that are prevalent in Chalkwell Park. Participants will then be invited to document these flowers by taking a photo within a specially designed app. This will provide the data on the spread, prevalence and blossoming of each flower.

"By using The Blue Halo app, participants will observe and learn about each bee-friendly flower. Participants will then be able to access the online version of The Blue Halo Flower: the app. facilitating the flower-photo and harvest, finally disseminating the data into the visual interpretation and exhibition The Blue Halo."

The free digital art workshop takes place from 12pm - 2pm, on Wednesday January 26, at the Metal house in Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Chalkwell.

At this workshop you will get an introduction to bees, biodiversity and healthy landscapes before taking inspiration from Google Earth satellite images to design your own 'satellite landscape'.

Lily says: "Together, we will make a large-scale landscape image using patchworked recycled materials.

"Using a flying drone, we will then take a 3D scan and a photograph of the work from 'bee's eye vision'."

The free Artist Talk and Q&A takes place at 7pm - 8.30pm, on Thursday January 27, also at the Metal house.

There you can discover Lily's journey as an interactive design artist, as she shares past and ongoing immersive works based on the science of the beehive, titled Bee Composed and The Blue Halo.