Solo exhibition by renowned alumni Norman Ackroyd at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

30 October 2018

A new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Furthest Lands, will show early student work by renowned artist and Leeds Arts University Alumni, Norman Ackroyd

Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA made his first etching over 60 years ago at Leeds College of Art (now Leeds Arts University). Created in the same period, Storm Over Gildersome (1959) - an atmospheric etching on steel which depicts the skyline of the Yorkshire village – features within the exhibition and has never been shown before. Many of Ackroyd’s early etchings were created in the Yorkshire Landscape.


Image: Norman Ackroyd, Off Hermaness, Shetland, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Starting in the extreme north of the Shetland Islands, The Furthest Lands journeys south over 950 miles to the far south-west point of Ireland, through a display of the artist’s intricate aquatint etchings and a small collection of watercolours. Ackroyd’s characteristic muted tones add depth and energy to both familiar and faraway landscapes, including works such as Sun & Rain, Galway Bay (1999), Skellig Sunset (2007) and Off Hermaness, Shetland (2018).

Image: Norman Ackroyd, Stack an Armin Evening 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964.   He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000; he was awarded a CBE for Services to Engraving and printing in 2007. Ackroyd lives and works in London.

The exhibition runs from 17 Nov 2018-24 February 2019 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park