The New Art Gallery Walsall
The New Art Gallery Walsall
West Midlands County
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.
Tues-Sat 1000-1700 and Sunday 12noon-1600
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays
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.
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.
Dealing with Dreams: The Garman Ryan Collection 40th Anniversary Exhibition
- 10 July — 16 November 2014 *on now
When Lady Kathleen Epstein gave the extraordinary gift of The Garman Ryan Collection to Walsall, it took over three years of negotiation and complex installation to enable it to open on 9th July 1974 in the old Carnegie gallery and library, Lichfield St, Walsall. The gift contained an amazing range of artworks, including work by Van Gogh, Monet, Freud, Epstein, Constable, Durer, Turner and others by unknown artists from many different periods and cultures around the world. Displayed for 40 years in Walsall, the collection has provided generations of people, locally, nationally and internationally, with many wonderful opportunities to engage with art of the highest quality. Kathleen would have been proud of the educational opportunities which her collection has provided for people over the years.
Gillian Wearing We Are Here
- 18 July — 10 October 2014 *on now
Wearing is known for her films and photographs, which explore our public personas and private lives. We Are Here sees the artist return to the area in and around Sandwell where she grew up and features people from the West Midlands region speaking various monologues as if from the grave. The concept for We Are Here is taken from American poet Edgar Lee Masters’ book Spoon River Anthology (1915), where residents rise up from the grave to talk about their lives, losses, regrets and memories of Spoon River, a fictional small town named after the real Spoon River that ran close to the poet’s home town.