Roger’s sun-burned art to Cley 14 festival

Norfolk artist Roger Ackling, who died in June 2014 and whose final work features in the CLEY14 contemporary art exhibition. Norfolk artist Roger Ackling, who died in June 2014 and whose final work features in the CLEY14 contemporary art exhibition.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
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A major art exhibition in north Norfolk has become a “goodbye” for a much-loved and internationally-celebrated local artist.

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The Bridge, part of a series of six paintings by John Midgley.The Bridge, part of a series of six paintings by John Midgley.

Roger Ackling, who died last month, created work featuring lines burned - using sun rays through a magnifying glass - onto discarded wooden detritus such as clothes pegs, driftwood, and wooden spoons.

Despite failing health he had agreed to be the “invited artist” for this year’s Cley Contemporary Art exhibition, called A Creative Conversation which attracts up to 7,000 visitors.

Before he died Mr Ackling, who lived and worked on the cliffs at Weybourne and later at Voewood, selected nine pieces of his work to be exhibited.

They will be displayed at the church alongside new works by a host of artists with a link to Norfolk.

Tim Sanderson – Tide LineTim Sanderson – Tide Line

Other exhibits can be discovered at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s visitor centre and dotted among the village and coastal haunts of Cley.

They range in scale from the monumental (a tower formed entirely of orange ping-pong balls) to the minute (hundreds of tiny sculpted heads hidden for visitors to discover and keep).

The pieces take the form of two- and three-dimensional installations as well as events in which the public can take part.

Tim Sanderson’s Tide Line will be a shifting sketch; a line on the shingle at the tideline created by thousands of white pebbles laid by the artist and by visitors to the beach.

Jane Frost and Liz McGowan are creating a temporary boat shelter from reeds and hosting a series ‘walking conversations’ for visitors.

Mary Croft’s “Let Them Eat…” which uses hundreds of found plastic bottles as a metaphor to highlight environmental issues.

Artist Sue Maufe, a ceramicist fascinated by archaeology and fossil, has created figures, including 400 heads to be put on the beach for visitors to take home.

Cley14 runs from today until August 3, 10am-5.30pm daily. More at www.cleycontemporaryart.org

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