Free event


Boxed In (From Whence You Came) is a brand-new artwork by Pontefract’s own Fern Woodhead (they / them) at Pontefract Museum.

The artwork explores Fern’s feelings about “being a queer person in an inherently non-queer society.” The striking oil pastel self-portrait is a response to Fern’s identity as a non-binary person and lesbian.

The display also features supporting commentary written by Fern along with personal items they have kindly lent for the exhibition. These include the Grayson Perry’s Art Club exhibition catalogue in which they feature, and a hand-made crocheted lesbian pride flag.

Fern hopes that the exhibition will raise awareness and start conversations around sexuality and gender identity. Wakefield Museums & Castles are very proud to acquire and display such an important and inspiring artwork and to showcase exciting local talent like Fern. The acquisition contributes to ongoing work to diversify the collection so that it represents a wide range of people’s lived experiences.

Fern says “With this exhibition, I hope that we can bring more awareness and start more conversations about identity – all of us have an identity, so why shouldn’t we talk about it?”

Click here for Fern’s full commentary on their artwork and more information.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday : 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA