Culture Secretary visits The New Art Gallery




We were very pleased to welcome Oliver Dowden CBE, the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to The New Art Gallery Walsall on his recent visit to the West Midlands on 27th February.


He really enjoyed his time here, and said on his official Twitter account @OliverDowden, “Delighted to make my first gallery visit @DCMS the @newartgallery in Walsall. Its Epstein collection is amazing but the collection of local people engaging with art in their community was even better. Art should be for everyone and it certainly is here.” 



by Hannah Anderson

Arty Party!




We were 20 on 20th February! As another part of the 20th birthday celebrations for The New Art Gallery Walsall, a fun Arty Party for all the family was held at the Gallery on Saturday 22nd. There were party games to play and free creative workshops including card and badge making to take part in, as well as face painting, music and of course a delicious birthday cake! Yum!


by Hannah Anderson

We are 20!




To mark the 20th birthday of The New Art Gallery, a celebratory preview event open to all was held on the evening of Thursday 20 February, featuring speeches by the Gallery’s Director, Stephen Snoddy, Caroline Douglas (Director, Contemporary Art Society) and Stephen Deuchar (Director, Art Fund), as well as a DJ set by artists Bob and Roberta Smith and Jessica Voorsanger.


For its birthday exhibition, the Gallery has brought together works of contemporary art collected over the last 20 years, from artists who have featured in the exhibitions and studio programmes. 20:20 – Twenty Years of Collecting Contemporary Art reflects on overlapping themes such as the changing urban landscape, the Black Country, the impact of globalisation and people and places, and features work from a selection of international artists as well as those closer to home. Artists include Mohamed Bourouissa, Romuald Hazoumè, Juneau Projects, Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare, Dayanita Singh, Bob and Roberta Smith, Soheila Sokhanvari and many others across Floor 3 and throughout the building.


The exhibition is open until 14 June 2020.




Photography: Mark Hinton

by Hannah Anderson

Public Consultation update

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support over the recent weeks.


Walsall Council has been asked to make savings of £86 million over the next four years. As part of the proposals to achieve this, the Council has proposed reducing funding to The New Art Gallery Walsall to zero by 2020.


The Gallery’s core funding is currently awarded through a partnership between Walsall Council and Arts Council England, and further subsidised through grants, foundations, partnerships and commercial activity.


Eva Rothschild, Alternative to Power (installation shot), The New Art Gallery Walsall


Further to the online survey launched as part of the public consultation, Walsall Council is inviting anyone wishing to comment upon the draft budget saving proposals to write or email directly to:


Budget Consultation

Walsall Council

Civic Centre

Darwall Street






The Council have requested that the following points are addressed in any feedback:

  • We ask that those who write to us tell us whose views they represent – i.e. individual, community group, stakeholder, artist, student
  • Provide the proposal number commenting on. The New Art Gallery No. 36
  • The overall opinion i.e. do not support/ support with concerns / amendments or fully supports
  •  How the saving proposal impacts on them and whether they have alternative suggestions for how this saving can be made and provide any other comments they want to make.


Feedback submitted by letter, email and the online survey will be collated via methods agreed by Chris Holliday, Head of Leisure Culture and Operations, Walsall Council.

by Hannah Anderson

‘Rebalancing the Budget’ have your say…

Public consultation is now underway for the proposals put forward by Walsall Council.


The proposals concerning The New Art Gallery Walsall are outlined here:


To ‘have your say’, you can upload and complete the consultation document here:


To comment on the proposals concerning The New Art Gallery Walsall you will need to enter number ‘36’ when asked for the ‘Saving Reference Number’.


Eva Rothschild, Alternative to Power (installation shot), The New Art Gallery Walsall. Photo: Robert Glowacki



by Hannah Anderson

Public consultation on Council’s proposals

On the evening of Wednesday 26 October 2016, Cabinet approved the proposals as set out in ‘Rebalancing the Budget: Options for Consultation’ – public consultation will now take place.


Garman Ryan Hall


To read about Walsall Council’s proposals regarding The New Art Gallery Walsall, see pages 117 – 122

by Hannah Anderson

Rebalancing the Budget: Options for Consultation

As part of the £86 million in savings that Walsall Council have been asked to make over the next 4 years, proposals will be put forward to

Cabinet on Wednesday 26 October 2016.


Read how this could affect The New Art Gallery Walsall, here, pages 117-122


The New Art Gallery Walsall

by Hannah Anderson

The New Art Gallery Walsall architects Caruso St John win 2016 Stirling Prize

Congratulations to architects Caruso St John, who have been awarded the 2016 Stirling Prize for Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London. The architects, now famed for their intuative museum and gallery designs won an international competition to build The New Art Gallery Wasall. We are very proud and priveledged to have been the architects first UK public gallery project, with our beautiful building standing the test of time, now 16 years old!



by Hannah Anderson

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