Ackroyd, Norman (11 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

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    Interviewee's studio, London

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    Ackroyd, Norman, 1938- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 11: [59:55] Farne Islands, Lindisfarne. NA’s paintings of north Norfolk, one to be presented at Grocers’ Company; painting of reed beds, Norfolk coast;. [3:30] Laurence Sterne, Yorkshire hero, Shandy Hall; gallery where c 70 artists made work in relation to the Black Page in Tristram Shandy; Sterne’s gravestone, remains moved to Yorkshire; NA’s black. [7:56] Memories of first going to Cross Flats school aged three; junior school 7-11; H.P. Jordan, teacher; NA only family member to pass eleven plus. Details first school. Awareness of Second World War; Leeds railways a target; air raids; NA hadn’t experienced peacetime. [22:45] Details first school; Richmal Crompton Just William books; maps; music; assemblies; NA’s 2009 exhibition in Yorkshire, publicity led fellow pupil to get in touch; headmaster; discipline; school was divided by gender (later grammar school NA attended was mixed sex). Further details first school; art, visual side of learning; later enjoyed science dissections and drawing. Subjects NA enjoyed. Interest in coinage. Sport. Friends; awareness some people were richer; NA delivered meat to more affluent area than his home. Feeling part of a group re playing for school sports teams. Hasn’t stayed in touch with school-friends. [42:36] Leeds, city in childhood; Leeds Art Gallery, Library, Museum; collection inter-war paintings in art gallery. [phone] Holbeck Moor, The Big Sing, choirs. Annual fairs. Cinema. NA to Cockburn High School 1949, idealistic time for education; teachers; poetry; geometry. Relationship geometry and maths to NA’s work as an artist. [53:00] Encouragement of art teacher, NA aged c 13. Languages. Latin. Further details H.P. Jordan. Discipline first school. Earning money for school through returning jam jars.

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