Solo Show: John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals

The Corridor Gallery Please Click HERE for further information.

Behind The Blue Curtain and Other Stories: A Record of Miscarriage, Pregnancy and Motherhood

30 March to 11 April 2019

Freya Pocklington is a research student studying at the Royal College of Art. Her research interests lie within arts and medicine, exploring the role portraiture can play in narrative medicine. She is researching ways to develop the doctor-patient relationship, improving dialogue between the medical professional and individual. It has been proven that if patients are listened too and treated as individuals through collaborative discourse, this can improve treatment.

Freya is specialising in exploring the emotional trauma often caused by having a long-term physical condition (LTC) such as Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Diabetes. She is making comics, portraits and audio works of her own experiences as a patient.

On her year of ‘maternity leave’ from study, she has developed a series of ink paintings recording her own experiences of miscarriage, pregnancy and early motherhood from the prospect of a patient who has an LTC.

Please contact for further information.


2018 Update

I am currently working on my research project at the RCA.  I am researching, through fine art methods, how to record patient experience –  please click here for information.For further information email

For commission information please email me through this website for further details or

I am working on a number of exciting projects – I will write about these soon, when they are further developed.

For information on courses I run at West Dean College please click here.


The website has recently been updated with RCA MPhil work and commissions.

My portrait is still on show at Kings Place London till 22nd September.

If you would like to view my work please visit Fergus at Portobello at Vanbrugh West Antiques, 141 Portobello Road, London every Saturday 8am – 3pm or by appointment. Please contact for more information. He has a small number of small images available and some larger pieces.



Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize

My self Portrait has been selected for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize at Piano Nobile Kings Place, London N1 9AG.

Show dates: Thursday 18th May to Friday 22nd September 2017.



April 2017 update!

The website has been updated recently. If you are interested in a commission the next available date is February 2018. Please feel free to email me for more information.
I have a solo show at SILO in Brighton for the Fringe Festival:
5th May to 4th June 2017

Hope you all have a fantastic spring!

October 2016 News

I have been slow at updating this as it has been a bit busy! Have just started an MPhil at the RCA where I am researching the positive impact animal companionship has on patients who are in remission. A series of portraits will be produced and will be displayed at a number of NHS hospitals in the future.

Current show:

National Trust, Acorn Bank, Cumbria - ‘Women’s Work’ an exhibition celebrating contemporaries of Beatrix Potter on till November 27th 2016. Please see website for more details.

Future Shows:

Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny, Wales Winter Show (Please check website for details)Nov, 2016

Moorwood Art, Bruton, Somerset Winter Show 12 – 18 th November 2016

Please contact Fergus Downey at for other available works. Fergus has a selection of drawings and paintings on display at the shop in Portobello Road, London – open Saturday 6.30-3.30, Appointments can also be arranged.

Commissions – currently taking these from February 2017 as 2016 is booked up – please email me with any queries.

Residency with The National Trust

I am delighted to announce I have been selected to be Artist in Residence at Acorn Bank for three months for a project with the National Trust. I will be researching women working with animals and farming in The Lake District. To find out more about the residency please click here.


I have been completing a range of commissions for clients please click here to see examples. If you would like to know more please email me with any questions.