West Midlands Open exhibition, 2022, installation view. Photo: Mark Hinton

West Midlands Open

Until 25 September 2022.

Floor 3


The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present, for the first time, West Midlands Open, an exhibition of recent artworks in various media by artists from, or connected, to the region.


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Artist Support Pledge: A Generous Space2, 2022, installation view. Photo: Mark Hinton

Artist Support Pledge


Until 25 September 2022

Floor 3 


The New Art Gallery Walsall Director, Stephen Snoddy selected 50 artists who are signed up to #ArtistSupportPledge and, in turn, asked each selected artist to select another artist, to create an exhibition of 100 artworks by 100 artists with 51 selectors.


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Karen McLean, Ar'n't I a Woman, 2022, installation view, The New art Gallery Walsall. Photo: Mark Hinton

Karen McLean

Ar’n’t I a Woman!

Until 3 July 2022

Floor 4


Ar’n’t I a Woman! is an exhibition of commissioned work by Birmingham-based Trinidadian artist Karen McLean.  Through her artistic practice, she has consistently researched and referenced her Caribbean upbringing and heritage in evocative sculptural installations concerned with issues of identity, ‘home’ and post-colonial cultures.


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Sarah Byrne


Until 26 June 2022

Artists’ Studio, Floor 1


Sarah Byrne’s work references her experience of growing up in a mixed heritage family and involves a process of recalling and questioning events and narratives that have led to a separation in her two national identities.


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The Garman Ryan Collection

Permanent Collection

Floors 1 & 2


Throughout 2020 on Floors 1 & 2 we are presenting the majority of Walsall’s renowned Garman Ryan Collection.


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Twenty Twenty Collection, 2022, installation view. Photo: Mark Hinton

Twenty Twenty Collection

Until 28 August 2022

The Community Gallery, Ground Floor


The New Art Gallery Walsall has acquired 33 works by 31 West Midlands-based artists, to create the Twenty Twenty Collection. This closed, capsule collection represents the significant events of the past 12 months, and commemorates this important historical moment which has impacted on everyone’s lives.


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Floor 2

June 2022 — Spring 2023

Historically public art collections have been presented in a certain way.  White-washed by a straight, ableist, middle-class, male gaze. The presentation a product of bias across generations of collectors, donors, curators and directors. People were marginalised; their stories were suppressed and hidden in plain sight. This has led to public collections seemingly not representing all facets of contemporary society.


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Mini Makers

Circles & Squiggles

Tuesday 28 June, 11am—12noon

Paint onto giant cardboard circles with sponges, stencils and big brushes.  For toddlers aged 2-4 years old with their carer.  £2 per child, places are limited, booking essential. To book call the Gallery on 01922 654400.



A Day of Stories: Spiders!

Saturday 2 July, 11am—3pm

The Play House return with interactive, multi-sensory spider stories including Incy Wincy and Anansi.


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John Hayter (1800-1891), Harriet's First Gallop on Plumstead Heath (1853); Pen and ink

Collections Tour: Horses in the Collection

Saturday 2 July, 2—3pm

Join Natalie Harris to explore the many fascinating depictions of horses in the Collections in drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures, including ‘Harriet’s First Gallop on Plumstead Heath’ by John Hayter and ‘Margarita of Austria, Queen of Spain (after Velazquez)’ by Goya.


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Sketching Sunday

Sunday 10 July, 12.30—3.30pm

Sketching Sunday led by Twenty Twenty Collection artist Vincent Louis Stokes. Come and spend a relaxing afternoon drawing inspired by our Collections.


Materials and encouragement provided, no experience necessary. Free, drop in. All welcome.

Studio event


Saturday 16 July, 11am—4pm

Join artist Sarah Byrne for some collective making in the studio, bringing along your own craft interest to make and chat in a calm and supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to engage in a dialogue about the craft they have brought with them, sharing stories about when, how, and why it became important to them.


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Children’s Workshops!


We have organised a range of workshops for all the family, inspired by our Collections and current exhibitions.


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