Freya Pocklington: Women's Work comes to Hill Top

Showcasing the modern day Beatrix Potter with new a exhibition at Hill Top, from 17 September – 20 October 2016.

Women’s Work, by Lancashire born, London based artist Freya Pocklington has been commissioned by the National Trust as part of our Trust New Art programme. 


The drawings were developed by Freya earlier this year as part of the Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Fellowship, an ongoing programme of work by contemporary artists taking place at Acorn Bank, near Penrith, encouraging them to develop new work inspired by the Cumbrian landscape.

New for Hill Top 

Visitors can see eight large drawings in situ at Acorn Bank and four smaller pieces at Hill Top. This is be the first time we have 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"
- Hannah Pierce, National Trust Contemporary Arts Programme Manager

Beatrix Potter connections 

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.

The pieces at Hill Top include drawings of Victoria Smith who has a unique horse whisperer gift and Susan Aglionby who farms organic long horn cattle near Carlisle.

If you would like to find out more about the project and Freya, you can visit

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Freya Pocklington painting

Freya Pocklington: Women's Work 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.