NORMAN ACKROYD: ST KILDA TO MUCKLE FLUGGA
St. Kilda to Muckle Flugga is roughly the same distance as Edinburgh to London - but is a road much less travelled by.
- Norman Ackroyd
This exhibition consists of watercolours from A Shetland Notebook, and etchings from 3 different bodies of work produced over the last few years. Highlights from the show include images of the mysterious Flannan Islands; Sula Sgeir – an island where gannets are still harvested for food, and the fertile North Rona with its’ famous early St Ronan’s church.
Over the past 40 years, Norman Ackroyd has been repeatedly drawn to some of Scotland’s most magical, remote and rugged islands. Working on site, often in challenging weather conditions, the artist makes records of the seas, the rocks, the skies and the birds.
A favourite location for the artist is the archipelago that is St. Kilda, which Ackroyd first visited in 1988 and is an area which continues to provide him with much material and inspiration today. The Inner Hebrides, The Minches, The Orkney Islands and The Shetland Islands, including: Unst - the most northerly inhabited island in the British Isles, and Muckle Flugga are some of the artist’s more recent locations for exploration.
Norman Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. He lives and works in London.