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.

Laura Lancaster

  • 29 January — 8 May 2016 *on now

Laura Lancaster is a painter who draws inspiration from forgotten and discarded photographs and home movies, found in flea markets, charity shops and through ebay. Once precious and significant to someone, they are now detached from their original contexts and instead, they become animated through Laura's luscious, gestural and expressive application of paint. These lost and dislocated souls, caught in the ambiguous space between figuration and abstraction, compel us to reflect on time, memory and loss.

This exhibition will bring together a range of works by the artist including a new series of diptychs which are drawn from the very first and last frames of found super 8mm home movies. With the inclusion of sprocket holes and marks on the film, the paintings are portraits of the medium of film as much as their subject matter. The juxtaposition of the first and last frames implies the passing of time through the lost narrative that bind these moments together.


Jan Vanriet The Music Boy

  • 29 January — 8 May 2016 *on now

Jan Vanriet is a hugely influential painter and poet from Belgium. He has exhibited widely across the world, representing his country in the biennials of Sao Paolo, Venice and Seoul yet this is his first exhibition in the UK.

Much of his work is rooted in his family history. His parents met in the Mauthausen concentration camp and their stories and memories of the Second World War and its aftermath continues to influence his paintings. Themes of love, loss, identity, destiny and disappearance pervade his work. Yet there is also an inherent playfulness and lightness of touch and an evident mastery of the medium of paint.

The Music Boy is a polyptych of four paintings depicting his grandmother and uncle - his mother's twin brother - playing accordion as a boy before the war.


Works from Tate into The Garman Ryan Collection

  • 11 February 2016 — 11 February 2017 *on now

As part of a three year partnership with Tate, the 2016 Interventions into The Garman Ryan Collection are drawn from Tate's renowned collection. 16 Tate artworks have been paired with related works in The Garman Ryan Collection, linked either by artist, subject or theme. Included are key examples of work by Eric Gill, Cedric Morris, John Nash, Picasso and Rodin.

The Garman Ryan Collection was formed by Sir Jacob Epstein's widow and gifted to Walsall in 1973. Amongst the 365 artworks are many by Epstein and his circle, including Gaudier-Brzeska, Augustus John, Matthew Smith and Lucian Freud; as well as by leading 19th century European masters Constable, Degas and Pissarro. It includes many parallels with works from Tate's extensive collections of British and European art and we are privileged to have the opportunity to display some fantastic examples in this exhibition, highlighting standout works from both collections.


Recent Acquisitions Part 1: People and Artistic Connections

  • 11 February — 16 July 2016 *on now

Throughout 2016 we will display some of the newest acquisitions to our Permanent Collection, in the lead up to its 125th anniversary next year. Our collecting policy prioritises works which have an association with our Garman Ryan Collection, or are by artists who have been part of our temporary exhibitions programmes or held residencies at the Gallery.

Presented over two themed exhibitions, Part 1 looks at People and Artistic Connections. It premieres two works by Frank Auerbach which were the Gallery's first acquisitions through HM Government's Accepted in Lieu Scheme, and belonged to his great friend, Lucian Freud. We are also showcasing The Garman Ryan Shroud by Birmingham based artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood, the resulting commission following her residency in our Studio in 2014.


The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
West Midlands County




01922 654400


01922 654401

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