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SUNLIGHT: Roger Ackling

Saturday 18 May – Sunday 22 September

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

SUNLIGHT: Roger Ackling is the first survey of the work of British artist Roger Ackling (1947-2014) and the most significant exhibition of his work to date.

Graduating from St Martin’s School of Art, London in 1968, Ackling’s career is notable for both his work and his long and influential teaching career. The exhibition will reveal the breadth of his practice, from his earliest experiments with a lens, to his final works made in the last months of his life.

Ackling is known for his work on found driftwood. SUNLIGHT expands this reputation to include lesser-known works, which use domestic wooden objects and tools and incorporate readymade elements such as elastic bands and mapping pins. The exhibition will also feature works on card and paper that have not been exhibited in the UK.

SUNLIGHT will introduce Ackling’s work to a new generation of audiences, prompting important conversations about the status of the object, the significance of material, the processes of making and the transformative power of display.

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Masthead image: Roger Ackling 1884 – Voewood 2011-12

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