Huddersfield-born Carl Plackman (1943-2004) produced work that combined real and cast objects, drawn and photographed images, to comment on a range of human situations from a broadly romantic and autobiographical point of view.

His work queries and comments on the peculiarities of everyday objects as a legacy of surrealism, with an implied narrative, emphasising the importance of film. His interest in words and how they act in determining visual meaning allows a political and philosophical reading of his work. His influence on a generation of students at Goldsmiths College of Art at the University of London was legendary, and he was also deeply committed to the technical aspects of sculpture, casting, installation and assemblage. This first retrospective exhibition will be accompanied by a colour catalogue, teacher’s resource pack and a series of talks and workshops.