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.
Tuesday -Saturdays 1000-1700 and Sundays 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.
Darren Banks: The Raven
- 4 December 2014 — 26 April 2015 *on now
Churton Fairman (1924 - 1997) - better known by his alias Mike Raven - had an extraordinary life. Starting out as an aspiring ballet dancer and photographer, he then became a pirate radio dj, pioneer of blues music and one of the first presenters on Radio One. He was also a horror movie actor, starring alongside the like of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
In the 1970s he gave up his celebrity lifestyle and moved to Bodmin Moor in Cornwall to become a sheep farmer and wood carver. Fairman's sculpture, which explored religious themes, was exhibited alongside work by Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein, and was well received and collected during his lifetime, but since then has been all but forgotten.
Artist Darren Banks, who discovered he had a family connection to Churton Fairman and was intrigued by his life story, has recently created a body of work inspired by Fairman's legacy. Banks' practice examines the relationship between objects and film, so he was drawn to Fairman's work as both a sculptor and horror movie actor.
- 29 January — 3 May 2015 *on now
Transforming, cutting, embellishing and re-working visual material sourced from the internet, flea markets, magazines and discarded personal collections, the artists enter into the histories and narratives present in strangers’ images. The exhibition explores themes of loss, memory and mass cultural experience, as well as socially-constructed hierarchies concerning gender, race, religion and mass culture. Drawing attention to our relentless consumption and self-projection of visual information in a digital age, the selected works reverberate and bring into question the feeling of being suffocated and framed by representations of other people’s lives, tastes and experiences.
FOUND features work by Paul Chiappe, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Vesna Pavlović, Erik Kessels and John Stezaker, including six new works specially commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall.
St Ives Artists
- 2 May — 23 August 2015
This in-focus exhibition from The Clive Beardsmore Collection looks at a body of work by artists associated with the Cornish harbour town of St Ives, which during and after the Second World War was home to a wide range of leading abstract artists, who sought quiet refuge from the atrocities which had been happening across Europe and gained inspiration away from the hectic pace of London.
Although many of the Modern British Artists rejected total abstraction following the war, and returned to more figurative work, the St Ives Artists embraced the abstract values of Modernism, and applied it to an appreciation of the landscape of Cornwall and its connection to Europe across the Channel.
Their work explored the expressive and gestural potential of mark making often taking as their starting point the landscape or nature around them and offered a British counterpoint to the American Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.
Group Occupation III
- 5 May — 8 September 2015
Eastside Projects’ Extra Special People (ESP) programme and The New Art Gallery Walsall are teaming up for a third time to host Group Occupation, a series of three short interconnecting residencies involving nine artists.
- 6 May 2015 11am-12pm
- 26 May 2015 11am-12pm
These are sessions for pre-school children 1 year old and upwards with carers. Come along and explore an artwork in the gallery and make things together to support your child in being creative.
£1.50 per child, per session. Book your place in advance on 01922 654400. (Collect your ticket from reception when you've paid).
Family Sundays Drop In - Screenprint workshop
- 3 May 2015 1-3pm
Be inspired by the work of St Ives artists to make your own silk screen.
Check out our family Sundays. There is a drop in workshop, only £1.50 per child, with carer, to come and join in. Buy your workshop ticket at the reception desk on the day. Workshops run 1-3pm. These are for all ages, everyone is welcome.
£1.50 per child, with carer.
Wednesday Workshops for all: Paint It workshop
- 27 May 2015 1-3pm
This is a day to learn about different painting techniques. Try out different types of paints whilst you create your own masterpieces.
Everyone can join in together on Wednesday workshops. Free, drop-in subject to space. All workshops run 1-3pm.
Friday Fun: Screen Star workshop
- 29 May 2015 11am-2:30pm
Make your own two colour screen print inspired by the work of the St Ives artists.
For families with children 4 years and older, who want to be creative together. It's only £2.50 per child, per session, to come and join in. Workshops run twice each day, 11-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm. Please book in advance on 01922 654400 or at reception and collect your ticket when you've paid.
£2.50 per child. Please book in advance on 01922 654400 or at the gallery reception and collect your ticket when you've paid.
Curator's Tour: St Ives Artists from the Clive Beardsmore Gift exhibition
- 11 July 2015 2-3pm
Curator's Tour of The Clive Beardsmore Interventions and St Ives Artists exhibitions.