The New Art Gallery Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
West Midlands County




01922 654400


01922 654401

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The New Art Gallery Walsall opened in February 2000 in the heart of Walsall town centre. A unique civic building for Walsall, the gallery is also a rare example of a brand-new building for the millennial arts. The £21 million world class gallery was made possible by £15.75 million Arts Lottery funding (the 1000th lottery grant awarded since the lottery began in 1994) and commissioned by Walsall Metropolitan
Borough Council, which wanted nothing but the best for this vibrant West Midlands town.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700 and Sunday 12noon-1600
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free admission

On permanent display is The Garman Ryan Collection which was donated to the people of Walsall by Lady Kathleen Garman, widow of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, in 1973. This
unique collection is displayed in a two storey house consisting of a series of initimate, interconnecting rooms, each with a window, making a house for the collection over
the first and second floors of the gallery.

Key artists and exhibits

  • Two remarkable women created The Garman Ryan Collection, Kathleen Garman, lover and later wife of artist
  • Jacob Epstein, and her life-long friend Sally Ryan, a talented sculptor. Together, they formed an art collection that is
  • initimate, adventurous and eclectic, reflecting their wide-ranging tastes. Works by well-known European artists, including Monet, Rembrandt, Constable, Van Gogh and Picasso, are displayed alongside beautiful artefacts from many different cultures across the world. The galleries chart the long, productive and often controversial career of Jacob Epstein, and serve as a memorial to the Epstein's extraordinary circle of family and friends - Augustus John,
  • Modigliani, Gaudier-Brzeska and Epstein's one-time son-in-law Lucian Freud.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Julie Noord, Roommates, 2007

Back to Front: 40 Permanent Collection Gems

  • 16 November 2013 — 16 November 2014 *on now

The 40 works reflect the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Garman Ryan Collection this year. The Garman Ryan Collection was gifted to the people of Walsall by Lady Kathleen Epstein, who had grown up in nearby Wednesbury. The collection first went on display in July 1974 on the first floor reference room of Walsall Library. In line with Kathleen’s wishes the works are displayed in themed rooms, and the interventions fit within these themes.


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Art Cart

Every Sunday and bank holiday 11.00-16.00, the Art Cart comes out with three different activities to help you explore our collections. It has different activities each month, moving around the gallery. All ages are welcome to drop in at anytime for these free sessions.

How to obtain

Contact The New Art Gallery on or call 01922 654400 for more details.

Baby Palace

These monthly sessions are especially for carers with babies 0-2 years. Spend some relaxed time with your baby in a multi-sensory session. Explore touch, smell, sound and colour in a calm environment with gentle lighting. Come along once a month at one of the following times: 10.30-11.30, 12.00-1.00, 14.00-15.00.

How to obtain

Baby Palace sessions are free but booking is essential. Contact the gallery on or call 01922 654400 for specific dates and extra information.

Saturday Storytelling

Anyone can pop into the library for a family story time every Saturday at 12.15 for a little quiet time together exploring the magical world of books.

How to obtain

Saturday Storytelling is open to all. Contact or call 01922 654400 for more details.