Photography exhibition puts spotlight on role of rural women

A powerful portrait of the role women play in modern rural businesses is being be showcased in a well-received photography exhibition from the Women In Farming Network.

Initially launched at the 162nd Great Yorkshire Show, the YAS-supported network has teamed up with Ampleforth-based documentary photographer Lucy Saggers to tell a compelling visual story of the diverse brilliance of Women in Farming’s growing membership and farming women across the generations.

The result is a stunning snapshot of farming lives across Yorkshire, drawn together in an exhibition of 27 carefully curated images entitled ‘All in a Day’s Work’.

Having been displayed for the first time at England’s premier agricultural show in 2021, the exhibition is currently being shown at Ripon Cathedral throughout January 2022 – pictured below.

All in a Day's WorkA sneak peek of the exhibition is offered at the top of the page with an image of Rachel Coates from Baildon with her Jersey calves.

The project is part-funded by The Prince’s Countryside Fund and NFU Mutual with support from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Kate Dale, Co-ordinator of the Women In Farming Network said:

We are very pleased to shine a light on the different roles carried out by women through this specially commissioned photographic exhibition.

Lucy Saggers was commissioned for the project for her skill of capturing the essence of individuals in their working environment.

Lucy works sensitively alongside her subject, conducting a gentle conversation to draw out the best opportunity for her images.

Lucy said:

It has been a fascinating joy to meet and photograph these committed, passionate women working in agriculture across Yorkshire, who so generously shared their diverse expertise.

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