The New Art Gallery Walsall
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.
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
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