Showcasing the modern day Beatrix Potter - new exhibitions at Acorn Bank and Hill Top


Women's Work, by South Lakes born artist Freya Pocklington has been commissioned by the National Trust as part of its Trust New Art programme at Acorn Bank and Hill Top.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, encouraging them to develop new work inspired by the Cumbrian landscape. Visitors will now be able to see eight large drawings in situ at Acorn Bank.

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.

Women's Work is at Hill Top from 17 September - 20 October 2016. For more information go to

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

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