Grace A Williams

Grace A Williams, Intermission, 2018, installation view,
The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Intermission is a new two-screen projection by London-based artist Grace A Williams commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The work focuses on the gaze of two unknown men whose enigmatic portraits appear on nineteenth century photographic slides found by the artist.


Hand tinting the images and projecting at a monumental scale, Williams draws attention to the pivotal role that women played as colourists and ‘ink and paint girls’ in late nineteenth century commercial photography studios and early animated film. The artist’s use of dual screens and frame breaks traces early cinema, where an intermission signalled the pause in projection necessary for the practical changing over of film reels as well as a moment of awakening in the audience.



Grace A Williams, Intermission, Limited Edition Print.


In Conversation

Saturday 22 September, 2pm

Join artist Grace A Williams for a free talk about her work with curator Zoë Lippett.

Drop-in, all welcome.


Halloween-themed performances with Mirror Mirror Education

Saturday 27 October

15 minute performances available throughout the day

Join London-based charity Mirror Mirror Education for a series of Halloween-themed magic lantern

and optical illusion performances, inspired by nineteenth century stage magic and early cinema.

£2 per person, free for parents/carers and children aged 2 or under.*

*Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 01922 654400.


Family Magic Lantern Workshop with Grace A Williams

Tuesday 30 October, 1 hour sessions available from 12noon-3pm

Scribble, draw, colour, tint and project!

Create your own magic lantern in this fun family workshop and then watch as the room comes to life

when images are projected into the space, creating a collage of colour.

£2.50 per child, free for parents/carers.*

*Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 01922 654400.


Adult Magic Lantern Workshop with Grace A Williams

Saturday 3 November, 11am-1pm

An intensive practical workshop looking at history of tinted glass slides and working from traditional designs

to create your own unique hand finished glass plate.

£10 per person. All materials provided, no previous experience required.