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The Signaller
© the artist. Photo credit: Brian Vollar / Art UK

The Signaller 2004

John Atkin (b.1959)

Artist working in various media, and teacher. He attended Teesside College of Art, 1977–8, and Leicester Polytechnic, 1978–81, where he graduated with honours in painting. After teaching at Teesside College, 1981–2, Atkin completed his master’s degree in sculpture at Royal College of Art, 1982–5, then had a Picker Fellowship at Kingston Polytechnic, 1985–6. He won a string of awards, including a Major Award, Northern Arts, Newcastle, 1981–2, a Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship, 1982, and a drawing prize at Royal College, 1985. He was Grizedale Forest artist-in-residence, 1987, then was for some years in Australia, having residencies at Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria College in Melbourne and at Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide. Among his group appearances were The Eighties, Juda Rowan Gallery, 1985; National Garden Festival 90, Gateshead; and Sculpture at Canterbury, 1991–2.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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