Tracing The Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women

“Women farmers and farmers’ wives seem to be some of the most elusive figures in agrarian history. I have both admiration and respect for the work ethic of women, their labour on the farm (and in the farmhouse) that has been largely unpaid and therefore unrecognised.”

– Patricia MacKinnon-Day

Mary Brough - Chapel House Farm, Uldale, Wigton

Mary Brough – Chapel House Farm, Uldale, Wigton

Tracing The Landscape is a project by artist Patricia MacKinnon-Day, which aims to re-examine how women are viewed in the farming industry. MacKinnon-Day has worked in collaboration with five Cumbrian women farmers to discuss their way of life; their routines, memories, histories and experiences have been recorded and now form part of an exhibition at Abbot Hall gallery in Kendal.

The term ‘Farmer’ with all its history and traditions, is something that is generally associated with men. Women are assigned the role of the ‘Farmer’s Wife’ or ‘Farmer’s Daughter’, which takes credibility away from them, their work- often the same as the men- and their long history of innovation within the farm setting, finding new ways to make money from the farm’s produce.

This blog will further explore what it means to be a Farm Woman by delving deeper into the personal and communal histories and traditions of the area.

The Tracing The Landscape exhibition will be on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal until 9 June 2018

Abbot Hall Art Gallery


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