Forty Farms | Exhibition

Date(s) - 31/12/2022
9:00 am - 5:30 pm



Forty Farms Exhibition

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ

Admission: Free

In March 2021, British Life Photographer of the Year Amy Bateman embarked on a journey to record the stories of Forty Farms in the Lake District and Cumbria.

From the Herdwick-grazed Lake District commons to the big-sky Solway marshes; from isolated farmsteads unchanged in generations to businesses at the cutting-edge of innovation; from world-class sheep breeders to award-winning cheese-makers, the Forty Farms exhibition is a visual record of farming at a period of profound change.

Over the course of a year, Amy conducted frank conversations about the financial challenges of farming; about the tightrope balance of producing quality food in a nature-rich landscape; and about the highs and lows of working in an area that is known and loved internationally.

With contributions from, among others, best-selling author James Rebanks and L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan, veteran damson grower Harley Trotter and ‘king of the Herdwicks’ Anthony Hartley, Forty Farms offers a unique insight into the everyday lives, fears and hopes of 40 extraordinary farmers, through photography, film and words. The exhibition is accompanied by a coffee table book, with photographic prints and cards for sale. It is part of a Forty Farms Festival with talks, debates, films and creative classes.

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