The Original Print Show at Zillah Bell Gallery

Curated by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

10 September 2016 to 22nd October 2016

The pick of this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is travelling to the North of England.

The Original Print Show features exceptional prints by living artists from all over the world handpicked from the Royal Academy Summer Show by world renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd CBE RA. This exciting exhibition opens in North Yorkshire at the Zillah Bell Gallery on 10 September and runs until 22 October 2016.


The show will include every genre of printmaking: from etchings, engravings, lithographs and screen prints to digital prints, guaranteeing a colourful and wide range of work from world renowned to lesser known printmakers.

The Original Print Show is very much a ‘printmaker’s choice’ representing Ackroyd’s favourite pieces from this year’s Summer Show, with some of the most celebrated names from the art world agreeing to provide artworks, including Royal Academicians Bill Jacklin RA and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA.

Exhibitors include:

Emma Stibbon RA

Barbara Rae CBE RA

Tom Phillips RA who will be exhibiting pages from Humument; a project that has occupied him since 1966

Cathie Pilkington RA


Yorkshire born Norman Ackroyd, who is a Senior Royal Academician comments, “I have selected sixty or seventy of what I feel are exceptional prints from the Royal Academy Summer ShowI thoroughly enjoy bringing the diversity and energy of contemporary printmaking up to my home county of Yorkshire – and particularly to The Zillah Bell Gallery where I have been exhibiting for over twenty years.” 

Gallery owner John Bell adds: “We are delighted that once again Norman Ackroyd is curating this exciting show – one which gathers together work by the best of printmakers practising today. This is an exhibition which any gallery in the UK would be proud to host.


The Original Print Show is at the Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire from 10 September to 22 October 2016, entry is free, for more details visit

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