Ackroyd, Norman (8 of 24).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2009-05-25, 2009-06-15, 2009-08-10, 2009-09-14, 2009-12-14, 2010-01-11, 2010-02-08, 2011-05-09, 2011-05-16, 2011-05-06

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Ackroyd, Norman, 1938- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 8: [42:20] Goya. Artists who never wasted time; output Goya, Picasso, Shakespeare. Goya; wooden press. Abraham Darby’s technology changed printing industry, invention cast iron press made newspapers possible; possibility of Goya having use of cast iron press for Capriccios, NA’s research. (9:40) NA’s friendship with Patrick Stewart, actor. (12:07) NA seeing his mother’s death announced in newspaper wrapping fish and chips; CA’s role in NA’s life; CA started to paint in NA’s studio when he left home in 1961. NA quotes Dylan Thomas re mothers and sons. (16:47) Railways, canals, trams when first explored Leeds as a child. Film, Look Back in Anger; writers of the 1950s; Albert Finney; any way of life is worth explaining in an art form; NA’s belief that we are one population; never felt socially deprived or inferior. NA’s home and life are his ideal, no envy. (26:00) NA’s schools: Cockburn High School, dedicated teachers. Crossflats Primary School, aged 3-11. Coverage in Yorkshire post of NA’s Yorkshire exhibition, led to contact with someone in his eleven plus year. NA’s contact with Peter Walker, Bishop of Ely; etching of Silbury Hill; discovery had been at same school; Geoffrey Hill, poet; Bishops’ robbing room, House of Lords. (36:44) John Arlott, wrote on wine; NA met him when invited in mid 1980s to make etchings on Bordeaux wine chateaux; Arlott invited NA to play for his cricket team. Michael Ayrton collected NA’s work. Mike Brierley captained Arlott’s team. Arlott’s etching and engraving collection. Corporate sponsors (Barclays Bank) from RA coming to NA’s studio after recording. NA’s 6 etchings in 2009 Summer Exhibition, 6 large etchings of North York moors under 2009 snow; Tory island from Malin Head, Blasket Island, one with text from Shipping Forecast; cliffs of Moor, County Clare, Sibyl Head off Dingle Peninsular. Went to St Kilda in 1989, feedback images in head, forthcoming return to stay in old featherstore.

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