RESIDENCIES

DARTINGTON, 2022-23

Selected by Alice Oswald & Dr Martin Shaw to be the first ever Poet in Residence for Dartington’s grade II listed gardens. 

More info here: https://www.dartington.org/ella-frears-becomes-the-first-poet-in-residence-for-dartingtons-gardens/  

JOHN HANSARD GALLERY, 2021-22

A residency responding poetically to the works on show at John Hansard Gallery. Residency pamphlet I AM THE MOTHER CAT out with Rough Trade Books. Also includes publication NO PAINTINGS, SORRY – poems by the Gallery Assistants at John Hansard Gallery written during a series of poetry workshops lead by Ella. 

Pamphlet here: https://roughtradebooks.com/products/i-am-the-mother-cat-ella-frear

MOTORWAY SERVICES, 2019-20

photo by Alban Roinard
photo by Alban Roinard
project pamphlets ‘Somebody Loves Us All’
Naomi Frears, Ella Frears, Tom MacAndrew, Ross Sutherland, Alban Roinard
photo by Cat Goryn

Supported by Arts Council England, Ella Frears visited 16 motorway service stations between Cornwall (where she grew up) and London (where she lives now). The project culminated in an event at Bold Tendencies, Peckham launching a limited edition pamphlet Somebody Loves Us All .

Project producer – Tom MacAndrew.

Project photographer/videographer – Alban Roinard

The footage from the road trip was made into a short film by Naomi Frears.

See also Ella’s film Who is Driving the Poem?

TATE ST IVES, 2018-22

one of 10 poems written for Tate St Ives, on display in gallery & published in
Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books)
photo by Kristin Prisk 
photo by Kristin Prisk 

A series of newly commissioned poems, drawing on archival material and Ella’s own girlhood in St Ives – each with its own form (wall text/tear-sheet/audio etc) in response to the Modern Art and St Ives exhibition. On display/available in the gallery spaces.

BACK FROM THE BRINK, 2018-20

poem written originally as part of residency with Back from the Brink (thinking about Cornish Path Moss) published in Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books)
Cornish Path Moss – photo from Back from the Brink
still from Andrea Büttner’s Stereoscopic slide show from the Whitehouse collection
(mosses and field trips), 2014 which we screened at our moss themed event.

A residency with Conservation organisation Back from the Brink. Making work about the UK’s most at-risk species. Ella Frears and artist Ben Sanderson threw each species a themed event at spaces including The Eden Project, Exeter Phoenix, CAST Cafe, Lanhydrock.

K6 GALLERY – THE NUMBER 17 BUS, 2018

A residency commissioned by K6 gallery marking 25 years since the original Citybus Project by Carol Ann Duffy and Nancy Honey. Poems By Ella Frears and photos by Toby Glanville about/in response to time spent on board buses on the Bluestar 17 route in Southampton. 

Poems and photos on display on the top decks of Number 17 buses 2018-23.

Also available in the publication available from K6. http://k6gallery.com/shop/

THE CASSINI SPACECRAFT – ROYAL HOLLOWAY PHYSICS DEPARTMENT, 2017-18

Cassini Spacecraft – orbiting Saturn
Funeral event – Bold Tendencies, Peckham
One of 10 poems written in response to the Cassini Spacecraft’s final year. Published in the Telegraph and in Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books)

Writing poems about the Cassini Space Mission (the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn). In conversation with scientists at Imperial and Royal Holloway universities. Working towards its scheduled destruction after nearly 20 years in space. The project culminated in a ‘funeral’ event curated by Ella, on the night Cassini tumbled out of orbit with poetry, collaborations with composers, architects, filmmakers & designers including a space funeral march performed live, designs for a tomb & memorial temporary tattoos. 

THE OBSERVATORY – BUCKLER’S HARD, 2016

Artist/Writer in Residence in the Observatory spaces in Buckler’s Hard with SPUD.

http://www.lookinlookout.org/  

NATIONAL TRUST – KNOLE HOUSE, 2015

Poet in Residence at Knole House in Kent with the National Trust & Spread the Word.