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 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
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.
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
Pledge £10 for an image of Roger Ackling's mantelpiece at Weybourne
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
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
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)
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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