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Norman Ackroyd: The Furthest Lands

YSP Centre
Current
17 Nov 2018–24 Feb 2019

‘My style is continuously evolving in a way that is continuous and limitless.’

Norman Ackroyd

YSP presents an exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA, one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists and contemporary printmakers working today. The Furthest Lands showcases a vast range of work that explores the western edges of the British Isles.

Starting in the extreme north of the Shetland Islands, The Furthest Lands journeys south over 950 miles to the far south-west point of Ireland, through a display of the artist’s intricate aquatint etchings and a small collection of watercolours. Ackroyd’s characteristic muted tones add depth and energy to both familiar and faraway landscapes, including works such as Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde (1986), Treshnish Islands, Hebrides (2007) and Off Hermaness, Shetland (2018).
 
Ackroyd made his first etching over 60 years ago at Leeds College of Art (now named Leeds Arts University). Created in the same period, Storm Over Gildersome (1959) – an atmospheric etching on steel which depicts the skyline of the Yorkshire village – features within the exhibition and has never been shown before.

Many of Ackroyd’s early etchings were created in the Yorkshire landscape. Extending this documentation, Ackroyd has produced a new limited-edition etching, derived from YSP's unique landscape, following a visit to the Park earlier in the year. Bretton Hall (2018) features the iconic mansion house and its surrounding woodland, reflected in Lower Lake. The exhibition is also accompanied by a full-colour catalogue.
 
Ackroyd will host a series of events at YSP to coincide with The Furthest Lands, including an Etching Demonstration using sugar lift or soft ground etching, on 16 February 2019, in which he will show the process behind creating an aquatint etching, from start to finish, working from his plein air watercolour drawing books through to a final print. The following day, Ackroyd will be in conversation with long-term friend John Bell from Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk.

Ackroyd is an advocate for the importance of art education – an ethos strongly supported by YSP, which was born out of Bretton Hall College in 1977, where Executive and Founding Director, Peter Murray worked. Ackroyd was one of over 100 artists to sign an open letter to The Guardian expressing concern over the exclusion of arts and creative subjects from the new English Baccalaureate, or EBacc, for secondary school children.

A range of special merchandise complements the show, including a bone china mug, tea towel, sketchbook and scarves.

‘Ackroyd is, without question, Britain's leading etcher – and a true master of his craft.’

Mark Hudson

‘Ackroyd’s characteristic muted, mostly monochrome tones, are powerful and allow the viewer to feel the energy and essence of both familiar and faraway landscapes without the distraction of colours. ’

Yorkshire Post

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Norman Ackroyd Etching Demonstration

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To celebrate Norman Ackroyd's YSP exhibition The Furthest Lands, join the artist for a unique plein-air sugarlift etching demonstration. Working directly from an original watercolour, Ackroyd will...

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Traditional Aquatint Acid Etching with Neil Woodall

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YSP Members: Norman Ackcroyd Studio Visit and Tour

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Norman Ackroyd Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Bretton Hall, Yorkshire, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd Cathedral Rocks, Inishnabro, Co. Kerry Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Cathedral Rocks, Inishnabro, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced...

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Norman Ackroyd Limited Edition Bone China Mug

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This limited edition bone china mug has been produced to coincide with Norman Ackroyd's YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Featuring the 'Hambleton In Winter' artwork, created by Ackroyd,...

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Norman Ackroyd Limited Edition Greetings Card

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This limited edition greetings card has been produced to coincide with Norman Ackroyd's YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. The scarf features Off Hermaness, Shetland, an artwork created by...

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Norman Ackroyd Limited Edition Silk Georgette Scarf

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This limited edition silk georgette scarf has been produced to coincide with Norman Ackroyd's YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. The scarf features Hambleton Hills, North Yorkshire, an...

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Norman Ackroyd Limited Edition Silk Satin Scarf

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This limited edition silk satin scarf has been produced to coincide with Norman Ackroyd's YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. The scarf features Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, an original artwork...

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Norman Ackroyd Limited Edition Sketchbook

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This limited edition hardback sketchbook has been produced to coincide with Norman Ackroyd’s YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Featuring the artists signature, the sketchbook comes in a...

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Norman Ackroyd Limited Edition Tea Towel

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This limited edition cotton tea towel has been produced to coincide with Norman Ackroyd's YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. The tea towel features Autumn Morning, Bransdale, an original...

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Norman Ackroyd: Anvil Rock, Noss, Shetland Watercolour

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A vibrant watercolour, Anvil Rock, Noss, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available after 24...

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Norman Ackroyd: Approaching the Flannans Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Approaching the Flannans, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Barra Head, Berneray, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Barra Head, Berneray, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Benbulben, Co. Sligo Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Benbulben, Co. Sligo, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Bishop's Rock, Isle of Scilly Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Bishop's Rock, Isle of Scilly, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Braewick, Shetland Watercolour

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A vibrant watercolour, Braewick, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available after 24 February...

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Norman Ackroyd: Brow Head from Mizen, Co. Cork Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Brow Head from Mizen, Co. Cork, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Bull Rock, Co. Cork Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Bull Rock, Co. Cork, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Cape Wrath, Sutherland Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Cape Wrath, Sutherland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £790. Framed...

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Norman Ackroyd: Cleggan, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Cleggan, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Connemara Coast, Inishbofin, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Connemara Coast, Inishbofin, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced...

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Norman Ackroyd: Connemara from McDara's Island, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Connemara from McDara's Island, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available...

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Norman Ackroyd: Connemara from Roundstone Bay, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Connemara from Roundstone Bay, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available...

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Norman Ackroyd: Cow Rock, Co. Cork Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Cow Rock, Co. Cork, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790. Framed...

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Norman Ackroyd: Dursey Head, Co. Cork Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Dursey Head, Co. Cork, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Evening Rain, Papa Stour, Shetland Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Evening Rain, Papa Stour, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Foula Harbour, Shetland Watercolour

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A delicate watercolour, Foula Harbour, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available after 24...

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Norman Ackroyd: From Malin Head, Tory Island, Donegal Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, From Malin Head, Tory Island, Donegal, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece...

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Norman Ackroyd: Gunamul, Mingulay, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Gunamul, Mingulay, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Also available framed, priced...

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Norman Ackroyd: High Island from Inishbofin, Force 10, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, High Island from Inishbofin, Force 10, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed...

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Norman Ackroyd: High Island, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, High Island, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Inishtearaght, Co. Kerry Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Inishtearaght, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Inishtrahull, Donegal Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Inishtrahull, Donegal, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Inner Heisker, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Inner Heisker, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Innisfree, Co. Sligo Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Innisfree, Co. Sligo, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Isle of Pabbay, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Isle of Pabbay Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Kame of Foula, Shetland Watercolour

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A bold watercolour, Kame of Foula, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available after 24...

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Norman Ackroyd: Little Burren, Co. Clare Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Little Burren, Co. Clare, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Little Skellig Sunset, Co. Kerry Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Little Skellig Sunset, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: North Rona, Hebrides Etching

£800

An intricate aquatint etching, North Rona, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £1,100....

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Norman Ackroyd: Noss, Shetland Watercolour

£3,300

A bold watercolour, Noss Watercolour, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available after 24...

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Norman Ackroyd: Noup of Noss, Shetland Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Noup of Noss, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: O'Driscoll's Castle, Clear Island, Co. Cork Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, O'Driscoll's Castle, Clear Island, Co. Cork, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available...

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Norman Ackroyd: Off Hermaness, Shetland Etching

£1,200

An intricate aquatint etching, Off Hermaness, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £1,450....

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Norman Ackroyd: On Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, On Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: On Papa Stour, Shetland Watercolour

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A vibrant watercolour, On Papa Stour, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available...

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Norman Ackroyd: Port Bay, Donegal Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Port Bay Donegal, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790. Framed...

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Norman Ackroyd: Portmagee, Co. Kerry Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Portmagee, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Rackwick Morning, Hoy, Orkney Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Rackwick Morning, Hoy, Orkney, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece...

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Norman Ackroyd: Roareim Flannan, Hebrides Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Roareim Flannan, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Shepherds Rock, Sutherland Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Shepherds Rock, Sutherland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Skellig Michael from the North, Blue Cove, Co. Kerry Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Skellig Michael from the North, Blue Cove, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available...

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Norman Ackroyd: St Kilda from Flannan, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, St Kilda from Flannan, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece...

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Norman Ackroyd: St Kilda the Great Stacs Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, St Kilda the Great Stacs, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece available...

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Norman Ackroyd: Stac an Armin Evening, St Kilda Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Stan an Armin Evening, St Kilda, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Framed exhibition piece...

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Norman Ackroyd: Stac Biorach and Soay Stac, St Kilda Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Stac Biorach and Soay Stac, St Kilda, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Study of Sun & Rain, Galway Bay Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Study of Sun & Rain, Galway Bay, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Sula from Rona, Ronan's Chapel, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Sula from Rona, Ronan's Chapel, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed,...

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Norman Ackroyd: Sula Sgeir, Hebrides, 2011 Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Sula Sgeir, Hebrides, 2011, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: Sula Sgeir, Hebrides, 2018 Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Sula Sgeir, Hebrides, 2018, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Sun & Mist, Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, Sun & Mist, Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed,...

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Norman Ackroyd: Sybil Head, Co. Kerry Etching

£400

An intricate aquatint etching, Sybil Head, Co. Kerry, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £500....

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Norman Ackroyd: Teampall Bheanàin, Aran Islands, Co. Galway Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Teampall Bheanàin, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available...

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Norman Ackroyd: The Atlantic from High Island, Co. Galway Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, The Atlantic from High Island, Co. Galway, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed,...

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Norman Ackroyd: The Butt of Lewis, Hebrides Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, The Butt of Lewis, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. – Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: The Furthest Lands Exhibition Catalogue

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This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue features artworks shown in Norman Ackroyd's 2018 YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands, and includes text by Ian Ritchie CBE RA and YSP’s...

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Norman Ackroyd: The Gaada Stacs, Foula, Shetland Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, The Gaada Stacs, Foula, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: The Kame of Foula, Shetland Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, The Kame of Foula, Shetland, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands. Also available framed, priced at £790....

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Norman Ackroyd: The Sound of Jura, Hebrides Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, The Sound of Jura, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: The Stags of Broadhaven, Co. Mayo Etching

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An intricate aquatint etching, The Stags of Broadhaven, Co. Mayo, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Tor Rocks, Malin Head, Donegal Etching

£540

An intricate aquatint etching, Tor Rocks, Malin Head, Donegal, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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Norman Ackroyd: Treshnish Islands, Hebrides Etching

£960

An intricate aquatint etching, Treshnish Islands, Hebrides, created by artist Norman Ackroyd and featured in his YSP exhibition, The Furthest Lands.   Also available framed, priced at...

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