Roger Ackling
Roger Ackling is a sculptor best known for his works in driftwood. Roger would use the light of the sun, together with a magnifying glass to burn intricate lines and patterns onto the wood. Using natural materials, the sunlight patterns would represent a passing of time through space marking its journey.

The Archive of Roger Ackling was acquired by the Archive of Sculptors’ Papers in 2018 and is made up of 37 archive boxes including sketchbooks, notebooks, exhibitions/projects files and correspondence. The archive is also complimented by a selection of Ackling’s works held in the Leeds Sculpture Collection at Henry Moore Institute research library.

Roger Ackling, Time Wall (2011), Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich
Roger Ackling, Time Wall (2011), Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

Ackling would travel the world creating and exhibiting his artworks, creating relationships with international galleries. He exhibited in solo shows throughout Europe, USA, Australia and Japan. Not only does the archive contain images of these shows and works, Ackling also created travel diaries which give a unique insight into his journeys and experiences. The diaries contain drawings of his works, postcards, leaves and even lists of birds, collected on his journeys. The gallery below shows some examples of entries made by Ackling.

A retrospective exhibition of Ackling’s works, including many items from the archive, is currently on at the Norwich Castle Museum: SUNLIGHT: Roger Ackling – Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery – Norfolk Museums Service. This exhibition will tour to the Henry Moore Institute in April 2025.