Ackroyd, Norman (18 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

  • Interviewees

    Ackroyd, Norman, 1938- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 18: [34:31] Lithography at Leeds College of Art; less exciting than etching. Lithography at RCA, lithographs made there recently; Chris Orr. Painting as student at Leeds; Yorkshire Artists Exhibition. NA obsessed with drawing and etching. Details developing etching skills while student at Leeds. JT’s interest when NA applied to RCA, NA didn’t get in first time. Further details learning to etch in Leeds, experiments. [5:56] Colour and etchings. Fellow Leeds students who went to RCA. NA’s use of oil paint and watercolour throughout his career. Remembers Leeds College of Art as time for drawing rather than painting. Finances as Leeds student; paper round, grant. Clothes at this time. Holiday jobs. [11:22] Job as slaughterman; Pork Farms, making pies. [16:06] Working at Butlins, cooking mass meals; guests at Butlins. Mods and Rockers. [22:21] First going abroad (1959 or 60), fellow students from Leeds drove through Europe to Athens in Ford transit van, details; drawings. Mostly when has returned to Europe has been for commissions. What NA will do later in day when recording has finished, printing on eighteenth century paper. JH’s progress in workshop when NA went to check during break in recording. [End of session]

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