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.

St Ives Artists

  • 2 May — 23 August 2015 *on now

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.

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Group Occupation III

  • 5 May — 8 September 2015 *on now

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.

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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.

Art Start

  • 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.

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£1.50 per child, per session. Book your place in advance on 01922 654400. (Collect your ticket from reception when you've paid).


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.

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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.

Suitable for


£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.

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The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
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01922 654400


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