Ella Frears is a poet and visual artist based in London. She has had poetry in various publications including BRAND, Lighthouse, Femmeuary, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Poems In Which, the Moth and The Emma Press as well as receiving commissions from Newlyn Art Gallery, Kestle Barton, the Olympic Park, Tate Britain and Tate St.Ives among others.
Ella was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London (2014) and was Poet in Residence at Knole House in Kent with the National Trust and writing agency Spread the Word (2015). She was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, the Bridport Poetry Prize, and received a commendation in the Brittle Star Poetry Prize 2016.
Ella’s work explores image, memory (both fictional and archival), sexuality and the female voice. She often uses humour and focusses on the minutia of the everyday as a way of discussing wider ideas of existence, human behaviour and relationships. Her research for each project is thorough and forms a large part of her practise. Ella works across media with poetry at the core of each piece - working with text, printmaking, moving image and audio. She was recently awarded a place on the prestigious Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship scheme 2016/17.