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Outside Theatre, 2019, ink and pastel on paper

Freya Pocklington’s interests lie within arts and health, looking at the role portraiture plays in narrative medicine.

Using animals as metaphors, Pocklington makes large-scale drawings, paintings, visual diaries and sound recordings, which document her experience of living with a long-term health condition. She is particularly interested in the mental impact that living with such a condition can have on individuals and investigates the feelings of alienation that many patients experience.

Outside Theatre explores Pocklington’s personal experience of a hospital theatre, with reference to the works of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Freya Pocklington

Freya Pocklington is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art, examining the role of fine art portraiture within narrative medicine. She gained a BA (Hons) in painting from Edinburgh College of Art (2006) and an MA in Drawing from UAL (2009). Pocklington has received residencies from The Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Arts Council, The Florence Trust, Chichester Cathedral, Somerset House, West Dean College and The National Trust. She exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad in exhibitions such as The Jerwood Drawing prize, The Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize, the National Trust, Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, Oxford University John Radcliffe Hospital, Sluice Art Fair, James Freeman Gallery and many more. She is a lecturer and tutor alongside working on portrait commissions.

Instagram: @freyapocklington

Twitter: @freyapock

Hertfordshire Open 2020

This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between and and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

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