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Long Ears and Narrow Heads

Back From The Brink

Sun 23 Feb 2020


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Due to limited capacity, booking is required in advance


Free (Booking Required)


10.30am - 12.30pm | 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Long Ears and Narrow Heads



  • Morning workshop | Narrow-headed ants | 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Afternoon Workshop | Grey long-eared bats | 1.30pm – 3.30pm

A pair of free, informal workshops run by poet Ella Frears and artist Ben Sanderson, who have been working with conservation organisation Back from the Brink to help raise awareness of some of the UK’s most at-risk species.

Both the Narrow Headed Ant and the Grey Long-eared Bat can be found close to Exeter and are at risk. There are as few as 1,000 of these bats left and the numbers are still falling. Likewise, there is just one population of Narrow-headed Ants left in the UK.

Ella and Ben will be run these workshops along with Ant and Bat specialists to consider the roles art and poetry can play in our greater understanding of these wonderful species.

Come to one or the other or both – all welcome. No writing/art experience necessary. Both workshops are free. Booking recommended.

Book onto the Narrow-headed ants workshop click here >>

Book onto the Grey long-eared bats workshop click here >>

Ella Frears is a poet and visual artist based in London. She was a finalist for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Poetry and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2019. She has been Poet in Residence at Tate Britain, Knole House (National Trust), Bucklers Hard (New Forest), Royal Holloway University Physics Dept. and recently completed a project writing about Motorway Service Stations. Her first collection is Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books 2020). Her poems about the St Ives Modernists are currently on show at Tate St Ives.

Ben Sanderson (Coventry, UK, 1986) lives and works in Cornwall. In 2017 was selected to take part in Syllabus III. He has shown paintings with Cubitt Gallery, Auction House Cornwall, Guest Projects, Newlyn Art Gallery, Kestle Barton and the Penwith Gallery, as well as a large collaborative installation at Tate St Ives. Ben has had a studio at CAST since 2013 and is Artist in Residence at Trebah Gardens. He currently has works on show at the Eden Project.


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