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GUEST POST: Make your own bat colony with Alice Fennessy

Illustration of bats
Ernst Haeckel’s illustration of bats, plate 67 from ‘Kunstformen der Natur’ (1904)

Are you going batty stuck in quarantine with bored kids? Let them summon a colony of bats into your home from the darkest corners of their imaginations!

Alice Fennessy, honorary Curator of Illumination and Enlightenment, has created a free downloadable activity sheet for making your own fantastical bat installation at home! She was inspired by the hand-some medieval bat featured earlier on The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things, as well as bat artworks by Ernst Haeckel and Lin Onus.

The activity is aimed at children 8+ years old, and would also work for younger kids and adults to make together. But this is also a great project for any creative weirdo who generally prefers the company of bats to humans. (Which, incidentally, is the exact target audience of this blog.)


We’d love to see your bat colony installations! Tag Alice or I on Instagram, or post a link in the comments to your masterpieces.

Artwork with colorful fruit bats hanging upside down on a clothing line
Lin Onus, “Fruit Bats” (1991). Fibreglass, clothesline, wooden discs. Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Thank you so much to the wonderful Alice for this creepy treat! Alice Fennessy is a multi-talented curator, artist and museum educator based in New Zealand, who has worked with institutions like the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. She is amazing at bringing art to life for young audiences, but also has a dark sensibility that always keeps her work ridiculously interesting.

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