Freya Pocklington: Women's Work 2 September - 27 November

Freya Pocklington painting

Acorn Bank , 2 September -27 November

'Women's Work' is the outcome of Freya Pockington's three month Dorothy Una Radcliffe Fellowship residency at Acorn Bank, in Spring 2016. The 2016 Fellowship is part of the National Trust's programme of activities celebrating 150 years since Beatrix Potter's birth.

Wool Clip Members, 2016
Freya Pocklington sheep painting
Wool Clip Members, 2016

Freya Pocklington is a London based artist who grew up in the South Lakes. Often working on a large scale, her drawings combine layered ink and pastel to give them a distinctly painterly finish.

Freya Pocklington paintings

Women’s Work will also feature at Hill Top this autumn: this is the first time the National Trust has displayed a contemporary exhibition inside Beatrix Potter’s original home. 

“By bringing contemporary art installations into historic buildings such as Acorn Bank and Hill Top, we hope to add a new and exciting layer to our visitors’ experience” says Hannah Pierce, the Trust’s Contemporary Arts Programme Manager. “It also enables dynamic artists to create new work in spaces which wouldn’t normally be accessible, which can inspire and challenge their creative process.”

Freya’s exhibition depicts women working within the Lake District in a range of different farming and conservation roles. All the women balance farming and conservation, in order to shape the landscape and care for the environment. It includes drawings of Val Sullivan, a beekeeper who started her career as a doctor; Victoria Smith who has a unique horse whisperer gift and Susan Aglionby who farms organic long horn cattle near Carlisle.

“My aim was to celebrate the achievements of women aged 35+ working with animals that are underrepresented in portraiture. All the ladies in Women’s Work started in a totally different career and none came from a farming background. I found this really interesting and very comparable to Beatrix Potter. It must have been daunting to make a move like this” says Freya.

“It was a lovely project and inspiring to meet these ladies and draw them. They are incredibly hard workers and humble people. I have made some wonderful friends through the process and found many role models. It was a challenge to do the drawings, as I am used to doing humorous and surreal type images.”

Freya's exhibition will be at Acorn Bank 2 September - 27 November and at Hill Top 17 September - 20 October.