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Found in the Fields: Carry Akroyd

23rd February 2018
Venue: St Peter's Church, Oundle PE8 4AL
Time: 7.45pm

Carry Akroyd is a locally based painter and printmaker whose images examine the relationship between wildlife and the farming landscape, but are just as much about colour and composition.

This event will celebrate Carry’s work and the publication of her second book. At its core is her lithograph series 'Found in the Fields', sixteen images incorporating words from the poet John Clare, a recurring theme in her work. In her painting and printmaking Carry portrays landscapes both familiar and re-imagined, finding wildlife and nature around the margins of agribusiness. Throughout, her enjoyment of colour and sense of composition combine productively with her eye for bird life and botany. This book brings together the persistent threads in her work over a period of years, revealing through the range of media employed all the motifs that evolve as her own personal symbolism for change and continuity in the countryside.

'natures powers & spells' Landscape Change, John Clare and Me, was Carry’s first book and examined the relationship between humans and wildlife, and explained her interest in the nineteenth century poet. It was published by Langford Press in 2009.

Carry has edited and illustrated many other books as well as supplying book jackets and a regular picture for The Oldie magazine. The contrast between working on her own preoccupations and fulfilling commissions is also discussed in one section of the book.

Her work has been displayed in solo shows and mixed shows around the country and she displays annually at the Natural Eye Exhibition in London with the Society of Wildlife Artists. "Found in the Fields" is a series of lithographs launched at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh during the 2011 Festival, and has since toured numerous venues.

Collections of her work are on display in Edith Cavell Hospital, Oundle School, Abacus, Monarch Chemicals, Jesus College, Cambridge, Paintings in Hospitals (North), Towner Art Gallery, Eastborne.

Carry has also been part of a team of artists working on projects about the Great Fen with the Wildlife Trust, and Scottish Atlantic Oakwoods for the Scottish Forestry Commission.


This event is kindly sponsored by Colemans Stationers, supplying a range of crafting materials, art supplies, office products and gifts. https://www.colemans-online.co.uk  


Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 16th February, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email oundlelitfestival@hotmail.co.uk