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.

Venue Type:


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.
Different coloured circles giving the impression of various balloon overlapping each other

St Ives Artists from The Clive Beardsmore Gift

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


Video installation of a woman wrapped in a multi coloured blanket

Group Occupation III & G.O. North/West

  • 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.

Suitable for


Artwork by artist Rashid Rana

Small Worlds

  • 21 May — 6 September 2015 *on now

Their work allows us to reflect on a variety of considerations. How do we understand the concept of the local within an increasingly globalised context? What impact does the transformation of our local environment have on our identity and our communities? For some artists, Walsall provides a focus for a consideration of the impact of social and economic change in those areas on the periphery of our major towns and cities.

Participating artists include AirSpace Gallery (Andrew Branscombe, Anna Francis, Glen Stoker), Graham Chorlton, Rita Donagh, Richard Forster, Cameron Galt, Andreas Gefeller, Naiza Khan, Stuart Layton, Lucy McLauchlan,
Laura Oldfield Ford, Mark Power and Rashid Rana.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17




Walsall Society of Artists Annual Exhibition

  • 7 August — 13 September 2015

The exhibition brings together works in a range of media by local artists. Many of the works are available for sale and every Saturday during the exhibition, members will demonstrate their skills here in the Gallery. Come along and take a look!

Thursday 6 August, 6-8pm.

Join us for the opening of the exhibition.

Free. Everyone welcome.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
West Midlands County




01922 654400


01922 654401

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