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Exhibition, Fri 22 Jun - Sat 29 Sep 2018, £7.70

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

Elisabeth Frink, Goggle Head, 1969 © Frink Estate and Archive executors. Courtesy of The Ingram Collection.



    Abbot Hall Art Gallery's main summer show will explore and celebrate the work of one of the most exciting and individual British sculptors of the twentieth century.

    Never compromising on the development of her own style, Frink ignored the commercial fashions throughout her career, creating works that combine the fragile nature of humanity with its power.

    The exhibition will be the first large scale show of work by Frink in the North West for several years and the first time Abbot Hall has dedicated a major exhibition to Frink in Abbot Hall's 55-year history.

    Showing a selection of Frink's work, made throughout her career, the exhibition will explore her influences, methods and stories, all told using her own words. There will be over 50 works on display including sculpture, maquettes and works on paper, and a number of works on loan from private collectors that have never been seen in public.

    The majority of the work will be in the upstairs galleries however Abbot Hall will also site a selection of larger sculpture, including Walking, Madonna, 1981 and Riace lll, 1986, in the Georgian entrance hall and ground floor galleries amongst period interiors and historic works.

    Kerri Offord, Head of Curatorial, Lakeland Arts said: “Frink was uncompromising in her creative output, creating exciting and emotive works that were both autobiographical and politically charged. Her individual style and unique subjects bucked the main trends of the twentieth century, yet her work was always in style.”

    Fragility and Power coincides with increased attention on the sculptor who was born in Suffolk in 1930 and died in Dorset on 18 April 1993.

    Presented in collaboration with The Ingram Collection

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Fri 22 Jun - Sat 29 Sep 2018 10:30 to 17:00


    £7.70 / £7.00 without gift aid. Children and students free.


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    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Fri 22 Jun - Sat 29 Sep Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power
    Tue 14 Aug - Sat 27 Oct Rodin: rethinking the fragment
    Fri 7 Sep - Fri 25 Jan Crawl in the Hall


    Abbot Hall,
    LA9 5AL


    Plan route to Abbot Hall Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SD 517921  Lat: 54.32298 Long: -2.74388

    From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.

    Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station

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