Found in the Fields

A suite of 16 lithographs created by Carry Akroyd


Carry Akroyd describes her first contact with the poems of John Clare as someone speaking directly to her and her experience of living in the Northamptonshire countryside
'His eye, mind and heart reach across time in his writing' 

Over the past 25 years Carry has been creating paintings and prints that reflect and react to the sudden agricultural modernisations that have transformed our landscape. Some of her images are a lament while others express the sheer joy derived from the natural world.
These colourful hand drawn images all contain some of Clare's text; they reflect the landscape of today with roads, pylons, planes and wind farms, but also reveal how the natural world exists alongside us.
The work expands on the themes found in her book, 'natures powers and spells; Landscape, Change, John Clare and Me' Published by Langford press £38. She has recently edited the book 'Wildlife in Printmaking' and is working on the commission to illustrate 'Tweet of the Day'.

 AVAILABILITY - January 2016 - December 2017

• Size and Number
16 works 42 X 32cm landscape images
Taking 10 running metres or within a space of 12-15 Sq metres
• Additional works – there are a several suites in linocuts available including 12 of the 'Shepherds Calendar, 15 of 'Happy Spirit' and various images from 'The wood is Sweet' all from recently published anthologies of John Clare. There are also serigraphs and paintings that relate visually with 'Found in the Fields'
• Hire fee £150 for basic exhibition, £300 for larger curated exhibition
• Labels and information board included
• Carry can be booked to give a well-informed illustrated talk about her work and the influence of John Clare
• Transport – the venue must arrange for onward transport to another venue or return to the artist
• Sales – work is available for sale – if appropriate, and there are a number of excellent cards and her full colour hardback book is often a popular seller.
• Insurance and invigilation – the venue must undertake to insure the works and provide security


Carry Akroyd - short biography
Carry lives between the Nene Valley and the Fens and these landscapes feature very much in her work, with occasional forays into wilder regions. An interest in natural science and history drew her to John Clare's poetry where she was impressed by the freshness of his wild life and botanical observations and his writing's relevance to her changing landscape.
Carry exhibits regularly with the 'Society of Wildlife Artists', and through them has worked on a project about Atlantic oak forests 'At the Edge'. Carry was also a part of the 'Artists for Nature Foundation' team working on a book about the 'Great Fen' project with the Wild Life Trust.
Carry is predominately a colourist, draws and paints prolifically and continues to be inspired both by Clare's poetry, the landscape and the natural world.