The New Art Gallery Walsall

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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

Tuesday -Saturdays 1000-1700 and Sundays 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.
photograph of Epstein with the torso of Rock Drill

Epstein's Rock Drill: Transformed by War

  • 4 September 2015 — 24 January 2016 *on now

Rock Drill (c.1913-15) is Epstein’s most radical and celebrated sculpture, often described as ‘the best thing he has ever done’. The totemic sculpture represents ‘a dramatic, revolutionary moment when sculpture in Britain first became uncompromisingly modern.’ However between the end of 1915 and the beginning of 1916 Epstein destroyed the original Rock Drill, discarding the drill and mutilating the figure, to form the truncated Torso in Metal from Rock Drill (c.1915-16).

Almost sixty years after its destruction, Kathleen Garman agreed to a reconstruction of her late husband’s iconic sculpture following proposals that ‘if someone were to reconstruct the original version of Rock Drill it could substantially alter the history of the modern movement.’ Marking the centenary of Epstein’s dismantling of Rock Drill, and bringing together works from the collections of Tate, The British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Birmingham Museums Trust, this exhibition will reveal how the sculpture’s un-making is as significant as its making.


photograph of colourful crushed insect

Mat Collishaw

  • 25 September 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now

Mat Collishaw is at New Art Gallery Walsall, 25 Sept 2015 - 10 Jan 2016

The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present a major survey exhibition by British artist Mat Collishaw, the first in a UK public gallery for over ten years. The exhibition includes photography, film, sculpture and installation and testifies to the richness and breadth of Collishaw’s practice, highlighting and exploring some of the overriding themes and preoccupations within his work.

Mat Collishaw is fascinated by the darker side of human nature. He has never shied away from difficult or challenging subject matter
ideas that deal with death, destruction and decay are revealed as beautiful, hypnotic and compelling. In Collishaw’s world, seduction meets repulsion, the shocking becomes alluring, the beautiful becomes squalid and desire meets pain. As an artist, he is only too aware of the power of the image to manipulate and he draws his inspiration from a range of sources such as the media, popular culture, nature, mythology, the slick vernacular of advertising, the rich seams of art history and the proliferation of images available through the internet.

Image Courtesy of Mat Collishaw and Blain|Southern.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Curator's tour - Mat Collishaw exhibition

  • 28 November 2015 2-3pm

Join Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions for an informal tour of the Mat Collishaw exhibition currently on display until the 10 January 2016.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13


Free, just drop in - no need to book


The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
West Midlands County




01922 654400


01922 654401

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