Spotlight on role of rural women in new photography exhibition

A powerful portrait of the role women play in modern rural businesses will be showcased by the Women In Farming Network 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’ which is being showcased for the first time at England’s premier agricultural show.

A 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.

On all four days of the Show, visitors can view the exhibition and a short narrative to accompany the images on Avenue 7, opposite the Young Farmers’ pavilion and a hub of trade stands representing agricultural support charities.

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 which we are unveiling for the first time at the Great Yorkshire Show.

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.

A a pre-booked show ticket or YAS membership is required to gain admission to the Showground. 

YAS members visiting the Show must bring both their membership card and string badge to allow entry to the Show.

For more details about events for farmers and industry professionals at the Show, visit the Great Yorkshire Show website.

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