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Student Showcase Archive

Freya Pocklington

MPhil work

MPhil work

  • The Biopsy and a Moth Snowstorm

    The Biopsy and a Moth Snowstorm, 2017
    Ink and pastel on paper
    150 x 150 cm

  • Studio Appointments in May

    Studio Appointments in May, 2017
    Ink and pastel on paper
    140 x 140 cm

The role of the artist in exploring the positive impact companion animals can have on patients with long-term conditions.

Existing scientific research has proven the positive impact animal assisted therapy (AAT) can have on certain patients with Long-Term Conditions (LTC’s), such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn’s disease and HIV. Various written studies have shown animal contact can be beneficial for both mental and physical health. However, there is currently little accessible visual material that disseminates the evidence to wider audiences. In the UK, this research is only available in online subscription journals and academic books, which is unsuitable for patients who are often overloaded with information.


This MPhil by practice conducts new research into the human-animal bond, through fine art methods to both explore and then disseminate the findings to various audiences in hospitals, treatment centres and public spaces. The artist will conduct observations of patients and animals by recording and reflecting on the bond using drawn reportage. An interdisciplinary approach between art and medicine will gain new insight into AAT, testing to what extent drawing can be used to engage viewers in medical research. The investigation will examine if images can provide an emotional connection and sensory richness to research that written research does not usually provide. The study intents to produce evidence that AAT can have a positive effect on patients whilst also spreading knowledge of AAT to new and relevant audiences.




  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research–

  • Degrees

  • Edinburgh College of Art BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting (2006), UAL MA Drawing (2009)
  • Experience

  • Residency for National Trust New Art: Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship at Acorn Bank 2016; Residency at West Dean College, 2015; Wimbledon College of Art Alumni Residency, 2011; The Florence Trust Studios resident for one year , 2011; Chichester Cathedral residency, 2010; Scottish Arts Council funded residency; Convento São Francisco de Mértola, Portugal, 2007; The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Travelling Scholarship to Florence, 2006
  • Exhibitions

  • Spectacle, The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, 2018; Daybreak, RCA Research Show, London, 2017; Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London, 2017; Solo Show at SILO for Brighton Fringe, 2017; Women’s Work: Women in The Rural Landscape, Hill Top Farm and Acorn Bank, National Trust, Cumbria, 2016; The Florence Trust at Sluice Art Fair, Bargehouse, London, 2015; Solo Show: Hot Dogs and Problem Pets, Breese Little, London, 2015; And Quickly Turn to Myth, Joint show with Robert Nicol, James Freeman Gallery, London, (2015); Drawing Live, National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London, 2014; Library of Lost Books, Richard Hamilton Building, Oxford Brookes University, 2014; Solo Show Wolves Find Dogs Delicious, Breese Little, London, 2013; Art Below for Frieze, Regents Park Underground Station, 2012; Maggs beneath the covers, Maggs Bros, Berkeley Square, London, 2012; BITE: Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries, London, 2012; Twenty-Five of One, KK Outlet, London, 2011; Summer Exhibition, The Florence Trust, London, 2011; Solo Show Drawing on the Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex, 2010; Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, Mall Galleries, London, 2009; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, Jerwood Space & Touring, London, 2008
  • Awards

  • Visitors’ Choice Award at Brighton Fringe for National Open Art, 2015; Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary: Runner-up, Mall Galleries, London, 2009; Scottish Arts Council Funding for residency in Portugal, 2007; The James Cumming Award for Draughtsmanship, The Royal Scottish Academy, 2006; Andrew Grant Travel Award, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 2006; The Alexander Flynn Bequest, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 2005
  • Publications

  • BBC Countryfile (24th July) 150 Year Beatrix Potter Anniversary for National Trust, 2016; Review (Hot Dogs and Problem Pets), The Upcoming, Angela Logan, 2015; Review: New Painting (Hot Dogs and Problem Pets), Because London, 2015; Review (Hot Dogs and Problem Pets), Art Daily, 2015; ‘Old tin cutlery before the invention of the fork’ review, Wall Street International Magazine, 2014; ‘Where to buy…’ The Week, 2014; ‘Lost and Found’ (Library of Lost Books) Printmaking Today, 2014; In pictures: The Library of Lost Books, BBC News, 2013; 100 Years of the Suffragettes (Mirror of The Open Road), Portia Pettersen, artlyst, 2013; Review (Wolves Find Dogs Delicious), Susan Heywood, Platform 505, 2013; The Very Best Art to See in January (Wolves Find Dogs Delicious), Mary Miers, Country Life, 2013; Review (Wolves Find Dogs Delicious) Ruthie Carlisle, Trebuchet, 2013; Open Files (Wolves Find Dogs Delicious), Exhibition Preview ELEPHANT Magazine, 2013; Printmaking Today, Pocklington Press, 2012; The Florence Trust Catalogue, London Edited By Colin Perry, 2011