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The first comprehensive overview of the work and teaching of the late British artist Roger Ackling.
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Help us fund the printing of the first comprehensive overview of the work and teaching of the late British artist Roger Ackling (1947-2014). 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 and other art schools, Ackling influenced generations of students and peers, broadening their horizons through a mixture of insightful questions, humour and mischievousness.

Edited by Emma Kalkhoven, with contributions by Sylvia Ackling, Thomas A Clark, Tony Cragg, Juan Cruz, Hamish Fulton, Neil Gillespie, John Haldane, Dean Hughes, Florence Ingleby, Alan Johnston, Richard Long, Mariko Mori, Trevor Sutton and Mo Throp, among others.

Roger Ackling, Voewood (2013) sunlight on wood
Roger Ackling, Voewood (2013) sunlight on wood

Testimonies

Roger Ackling did something different. I don’t think time and material were ever so closely bound together in a work. This is sculpture (another kind of sculpture) revealed by light. – Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain

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

Roger Ackling taught me during my first year at Chelsea College of Art in 1989. I discovered the essence of contemporary art and the spirit of being an artist through his teaching. He was a mentor for many international artists. – Mariko Mori, Artist

I should not admit to a favourite artist but Roger was that and also a very, very special friend. He will be missed by all at the gallery and many, many more. – David Juda, Director, Annely Juda Fine Art

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Roger Ackling, Voewood (2013) sunlight on wood
Roger Ackling, Voewood (2013) sunlight on wood

The Details

Your donation will fund the printing of 1,000 copies of the book – hard-cover on uncoated paper with full colour images, 160 pages, 140 x 215 mm. We have already gathered the texts and images to be included in the book, and the design is well underway. We are aiming to have the book published in early Autumn 2015.

The design of the book is already on its way
The design of the book is already on its way

Occasional Papers is a non-profit publisher of affordable books devoted to the histories of architecture, art, design, film and literature, run by graphic designer Sara De Bondt and curator Antony Hudek.

Emma Kalkhoven is a graphic designer, and previously studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art with Roger Ackling. 

Pledge £5 for a rare out-of-print invitation card

From the exhibition Sundays at Peter Foolen Editions, 2013
From the exhibition Sundays at Peter Foolen Editions, 2013

Pledge £10 for an image of Roger Ackling's mantelpiece at Weybourne

Photograph by Peter Foolen
Photograph by Peter Foolen

Pledge £15 to receive a copy of the book the moment it is printed

Pledge £25 for a catalogue of the current Roger Ackling exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art

Pledge £50 for a signed limited-edition print by renowned photographer John Riddy

Workhand by John Riddy
Workhand by John Riddy

Pledge £250 for a complete collection of Roger Ackling's back catalogues published by Annely Juda Fine Art (most out of print)

Pledge £300 for a signed original print by Roger Ackling marking the total eclipse of 1999

Pledge £350 for an original framed photograph of Roger Ackling's last works by John Riddy

Roger Ackling's final works laid out in his studio at Voewood
Roger Ackling's final works laid out in his studio at Voewood

Pledge £600 for the entire back catalogue of Occasional Papers books – like owning a piece of publishing history (many of the titles now out of print)

Pledge £1800 for a framed original portrait of Roger Ackling by John Riddy (last available edition of 3)

Roger Ackling ( 30 Minute Portrait ) by John Riddy, 1994. Edition no. 2/3. Image size 29 x 23 cm. Archival Pigment Print
Roger Ackling ( 30 Minute Portrait ) by John Riddy, 1994. Edition no. 2/3. Image size 29 x 23 cm. Archival Pigment Print

Risks and challenges

Occasional Papers has published over twenty books since 2008, so is experienced in delivering publications on budget and on time. We are also lucky to be fully supported by Roger Ackling's galleries, colleagues and friends in the production of this book, through the donation of texts, images and resources, and have already met with enthusiastic responses from leading figures in the art world.

The book will be printed by Albe De Coker printers, a specialist art book printer in Antwerp, with whom Occasional Papers has a strong relationship. They have also printed a number of Roger Ackling's catalogues before, and are admirers of his work.

If any problems do arise we will be sure to keep all funders informed, and we look forward to inviting you all to the book launch later this year!

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    A rare out-of-print invitation card for Roger Ackling's memorable exhibition 'Sundays' at Peter Foolen Editions, Eindhoven, 2013

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    A haunting image by Peter Foolen of Roger Ackling's mantlepiece, printed in offset lithography, 14.8 x 21 cm, produced specifically for this campaign

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    Things are heating up: a copy of the book as well as a signed limited-edition print of 'Workhand' by renown British photographer John Riddy (Archival Pigment, 16 x 12.6 cm)

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    A copy of the book and a bespoke tour of the Roger Ackling exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art, by Ackling specialist Liz Counsell, on Saturday 2 May at 3pm – as well as a copy of the exhibition catalogue

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    For the catalogue aficionado:

    - A copy of the book
    - Catalogue of the current Ackling exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art, 'Simple Gifts'
    - Galerie Lindner (Vienna) catalogue for Ackling's 'Sunlight on Wood' exhibition in 2014
    - Chelsea Space (London) catalogue for Ackling's 'Down To Earth' exhibition in 2011

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    The retail package: 20 copies of the book at wholesale rate

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    The Instant Roger Ackling Book Collection:

    - A copy of the book
    - The complete set of six Annely Juda Fine Art catalogues (1991–2015)
    - The Galerie Lindner (Vienna) 2014 'Sunlight on Wood' catalogue
    - The Chelsea Space 2011 'Down to Earth' catalogue

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    A copy of the book, plus one of the last remaining original prints by Roger Ackling (Archival Print, signed, numbered) produced on the occasion of the total eclipse of the sun in 1999. Printed in 5 colour offset-lithography and stamped, 300gsm paper, 60 x 45 cm, published in 1999 by October Foundation, Eindhoven.

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    A copy of the book, accompanied by a signed and framed limited edition photograph of Roger Ackling's last works taken in his studio by renown British photographer John Riddy (Archival Print, image size 13.3 x 20 cm)

    And your name specially recognised in the book in the exclusive 'patron' category, with your choice of wording (up to 50 words)

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    A copy of the book, plus the complete back catalogue of Occasional Papers: a total of twenty-two books covering the entire history of the press from 2008 to 2015, with numerous titles now out-of-print and nearly impossible to find

    And let's not forget your name listed in the book in the elite 'patron' category, with your choice of wording (up to 75 words)

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    A copy of the book, and the last of an edition of three signed and framed limited-edition photographs of 'Roger Ackling (30 Minute Portrait), 1994' by renowned British photographer John Riddy (Archival Pigment, image size 29 x 23 cm)

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