Freya Pocklington studied a BA at Edinburgh College of Art (2006) and an MA at UAL (2009). Solo exhibitions include: Ostara, Broadway Gallery (2022) and Behind the Blue Curtain, Oxford University Hospitals (2019). Group exhibitions include: V&A Select Prints (2021) and The Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize (2021). Past residencies include The National Trust, Scottish Arts Council and Somerset House. Her work is held in collections at the V&A, British Museum and The Royal Scottish Academy.

Recent work has explored narrative medicine and in particular, the interaction of medical staff and patients. She uses self-portraiture to scrutinise her experience as a patient and the role it can play in aiding communication between the two. Interwoven into this research, she draws on her upbringing where tales of witchcraft have been passed down by generations. She weaves this imagery through the work to draw similarities and seek metaphors for both the ‘unwell woman’ and the role of plants and ritual in healing.

At Cove Park, Freya will further explore the role of creative writing within her practice and make work outside, within the natural environment. Cove Park will allow for uninterrupted time, in a nurturing and supportive space.

Image: Druantia and The Long-Eared Dog, 2022, Ink and Pastel on paper, 110 x 90 cm