Roger Ackling: Between the Lines

Roger Ackling: Between the Lines


This is the first comprehensive overview of the work and teaching of the late British artist Roger Ackling (1947–2014).

“I think a great teacher is as rare and special as a great artist. Roger was very special, on both counts.”
— Richard Long

Through writings by former students, colleagues, contemporaries and friends, the book details Ackling’s unique teaching style and discusses the quiet beauty of his work, which he made using the same method of burning sunlight on wood for more than thirty-five years. As a longstanding and revered teacher at Chelsea College of Art, London, and other UK art schools, Ackling influenced generations of students and peers, broadening their horizons through a mixture of insightful questions, humour and mischievousness.

With contributions by Sylvia Ackling, Thomas A. Clark, Tony Cragg, Juan Cruz, Hamish Fulton, Neil Gillespie, John Haldane, Dean Hughes, Alan Johnston, Richard Long, Trevor Sutton and Mo Throp, among others. Thank you to the 201 Kickstarter backers who made this book a reality.

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Edited by Emma Kalkhoven

145 × 220 mm, 272 pp.

Hardcover, full colour

ISBN 978-0-9929039-6-1