Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

22 June –  29 September 2018

Abbot Hall’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 we have dedicated a major exhibition to Frink in Abbot Hall’s 55-year history.

The show will display works including sculpture, maquettes and works on paper.

There will also be 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 we 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.

Presented in collaboration with The Ingram Collection.

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.

The exhibition complements another Abbot Hall show which focuses on Frink’s greatest influence – Auguste Rodin.

Rodin: rethinking the fragment runs from 10 August to 27 October. The exhibition explores how the originator of modern sculpture, was inspired by art of ancient Greece and Rome.

This exhibition is a British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan. Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe.

The show will feature The Thinker, on loan from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, alongside three objects from the British Museum.

Related Events

Elisabeth Frink and her Influences – 13 September, 6.00pm

Auguste Rodin and his Influences – 27 September, 6.00pm


Further information
  • Open Mon-Sat 10.30am -4/5pm; open on Sundays from 22 July until 16 September
  • Admission: Adult £7 (without donation £6.35); Joint Gallery & Museum £9 (without donation £8.60); Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE; Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE; National Art Pass 50% Discount
  • Location: Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL
  • For more information please call 015394 722464