Special Exhibition

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Special Exhibition

Experience the inner world of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in a major new exhibition exploring her artistic and personal life in Dorset. Showcasing over 80  sculptures, drawings and prints, it will explore her artistic process, personal life and the influences that shaped her work.

Gain unique perspectives on Frink’s life and art at her home in Woolland, North Dorset. Discover how Frink’s creative freedom flourished in the privacy of her light-filled studio and how her garden became a gallery where animal sculptures mingled with real horses, chickens and dogs. Experience objects that have never been on public display including original plaster sculptures, personal possessions and photographs showing the life she shared with family and friends. Learn about Frink’s interest in the relationship between humans and animals, her beliefs and how she reflected on human rights abuse and freedom in her work.

Bringing together objects from public and private collections this exhibition celebrates the enduring legacy of Elisabeth Frink. The dying wishes of her son, Lin Jammet, were that the entire Frink Estate and Archive be given to the nation, ensuring that Frink’s vision of sharing her artwork within the public sphere was achieved. This generosity resulted in a significant cultural gift to 12 public museums across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with Dorset Museum receiving more than 300 works.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Arts Council England NPO scheme through the Wessex Museums Partnership. Other funders include the JP Marland Trust, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Ann James Art Fund, The Finnis Scott Foundation and the Fine Family Foundation.

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within is sponsored by Duke’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Dorchester.

  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Admissions:

    10% discount for Adult and Young Person Unlimited Ticket booked online using discount code DM01

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Banner Image | Elisabeth Frink working on the Dorset Martyrs memorial plaster sculpture, c.1985 © Anthony Marshall/ Artist © in Elisabeth Frink images courtesy of Bree and Tully Jammet/ Image courtesy of Dorset History Centre.


15 February 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Elisabeth Frink at Woolland | Annette Ratuszniak

This illustrated talk will examine how Dame Elisabeth Frink while living at Woolland in Dorset, was able to build upon her technical mastery and explore her mature ideas and concepts.

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