The New Art Gallery Walsall acquires works by West Midlands’ artists for Twenty Twenty Collection

 

Following an open call, which received 220 submissions, The New Art Gallery Walsall has acquired 33 works by 31 West Midlands-based artists, to create the new 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.

 

The works, spanning a variety of media from collage and photography to drawings and paintings, respond to world events over the last tumultuous year; from the pandemic and lockdown, to the Black Lives Matter movement and Brexit.

 

The chosen artists’ work will be profiled on the Gallery’s website and social media channels during this year, and be exhibited at the Gallery in a dedicated exhibition in our Community Gallery in early 2022. This will coincide with a solo exhibition by Keith Piper (whose work Surveillance: Tagging the Other, was also acquired with funding from Contemporary Art Society, in response to the events of last year) and the British Art Show taking place in Wolverhampton, bringing significant attention to the region, and further increasing the profile of West Midlands artists.

 

In addition, over the last year the Gallery has supported 5 artists through remote residencies. A work produced from each of the 2020 ‘Stay At Home’ residencies is being acquired, including a sufra (or prayer mat) made by Birmingham-based artist Farwa Moledina. We are currently working with national charity Outside In, which supports artists who face significant barriers in participating in the arts, through disability or social circumstance, on providing two residencies to artists they support. The Gallery remains committed to continuing to support West Midlands’ artists, creatives and freelancers during this difficult period.

 

Director, Stephen Snoddy said, “It is important for The New Art Gallery Walsall to acquire this collection to leave a legacy for future generations to document the events of the past year and also at the same time support artists in the West Midlands during this very difficult time.”

 

 

Sherrie Edgar, Isolation Series 11, 18 April 2020, photograph (image courtesy the artist)

 

“Isolation Series is a reflection of people’s thoughts and experiences during the first lockdown. My approach was to reconnect with others, capturing the essence of how we coped during a difficult time. To be selected as part of this call out means this work can help others to identify and understand what we went through.” – Sherrie Edgar.

 

Adele Mary Reed, Instant Dreamscapes in Isolation, Easter Day, 12 April 2020, instant photograph (series of 32, image courtesy the artist)

 

“It means a great deal to me that NAGW have acquired my body of work around cycling, solitariness and spatial exploration locally. There was a very particular feeling in the air at the start of the pandemic which felt very meaningful to capture somehow, and for the work to now be part of the permanent Twenty Twenty Collection is a perfect conclusion. As a mother of a young child during lockdown, partaking in daily exercise and finding space in the city was absolutely crucial to my mental wellbeing and creative thought and I hope this resonates with people who view the work.” – Adele Mary Reed.

 

 

 

Rachel Magdeburg, Expired, 2020, Acrylic on Ipad insert card (image courtesy the artist)

 

“It is hard to express how delighted I am that my painting will be part of this new collection. I have long since admired the exhibition programme at the NAGW and its rich collections, and the space and building are truly inspirational.

 

My painting Expired was initially triggered by the wrangles of the Brexit debate, but also became more and more about travel and the complexities of this during the pandemic.” – Rachel Magdeburg.

 

 

 

Vincent Louis Stokes, A Family under Lockdown, 2021, pencil on paper (image courtesy the artist)

 

“As a visual artist and resident of Walsall, to have my work belong to such a prestigious and renowned institution is truly a great honour. These past twelve months have been incredibly arduous and wearing, though through art I believe we all have the opportunity to escape, if only for a moment, and discover a world of comfort, solace and intrigue.” – Vincent Louis Stokes.

 

 

The Twenty Twenty Collection Artists

Adele Mary Reed

Alex Billingham

Andrew Roberts

Bailey Nock

Charlotte Moore

Corinne

Cristina Celestini

Crow Dillon-Parkin

Edgington

Helen Grundy

Jessica Ladkin

Joanne Masding

Laura Onions

Lindsay Pritchard

Lucy Fiona Morrison

Mark Murphy

Matt Greenhill

Michele Harris

Neil McNaught

Paul Newman

Rachel Magdeburg

Rupi Dhillon

Ruth Spencer

Ryan Christopher

Sally Butcher

Sally Claire Payen

Sherrie Edgar

Sinéad Patching

Sophia Moffa

Vincent Louis Stokes

Yasmin Agilah-Hood

 



by Chris Wilkinson

We are open!

Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm

(Closed: Monday & Tuesday)

 

We are delighted to announce a further reopening of The New Art Gallery Walsall.

 

Our Floor 3 galleries are open with 20:20 – Twenty Years of Collecting Contemporary Art. Celebrating our 20th year, it brings together works of contemporary art collected since 2000, from artists who have featured in our past exhibitions and Studio programmes.

 

Also open:

 

  • The Ground Floor Community Gallery, sponsored by HomeServe, with 20 for 2020, 20 works of art representing each year of the Gallery’s history. The exhibition includes works by Gavin Turk, Christopher Le Brun, Soheila Sokhanvari and Jane & Louise Wilson amongst many others.
  • The renowned Garman Ryan Collection on the 1st and 2nd floors, with Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s exhibition Kathleen and Sally Series.
  • Our spacious shop, stocking a wide range of books, as well as gifts, gallery souvenirs, art supplies, greeting cards and stationary.

 

We will be operating a revised opening schedule, with the Gallery open initially from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm and on Sundays 12-4pm.

 

 

Your safety is our priority

 

We’re committed to making your visit safe. We are following health and safety advice with additional measures and standards also in place. Please note a few changes before you plan your visit:

 

  • There is no need to book before you visit. On entry we kindly request visitors provide their details in accordance with NHS Track and Trace.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and at stations positioned across the building.
  • Please observe Government guidelines on face coverings, and adhere to social distancing throughout the Gallery.
  • As usual, our informed and friendly team will be on hand to ensure you have a great visit. They will also regularly sanitise frequently touched areas such as door handles and lift buttons.
  • Toilets will be available on request and cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • We look forward to welcoming you back when you are ready.

 

 

 

 

 



by Hannah Anderson

We are open!

Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm

(Closed: Monday & Tuesday)

 

Following recent Government announcements easing lockdown, we are delighted to announce a phased reopening of The New Art Gallery Walsall over the coming weeks.

 

The first phase will start on Wednesday 5 August with the following open for visitors:

 

  • The Ground Floor Community Gallery, sponsored by HomeServe, with 20 for 2020, 20 works of art representing each year of the Gallery’s history. The exhibition includes works by Gavin Turk, Christopher Le Brun, Soheila Sokhanvari and Jane & Louise Wilson amongst many others.
  • The renowned Garman Ryan Collection on the 1st and 2nd floors, with Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s exhibition Kathleen and Sally Series.
  • Our spacious shop, stocking a wide range of books, as well as gifts, gallery souvenirs, art supplies, greeting cards and stationary.

 

We will be operating a revised opening schedule, with the Gallery open initially from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm and on Sundays 12-4pm.

 

Your safety is our priority


We’re committed to making your visit safe. We are following health and safety advice with additional measures and standards also in place. Please note a few changes before you plan your visit:

    • There is no need to book before you visit. On entry we kindly request visitors provide their details in accordance with NHS Track and Trace.
    • Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and at stations positioned across the building.
    • Please observe Government guidelines on face coverings, and adhere to social distancing throughout the Gallery.
    • As usual, our informed and friendly team will be on hand to ensure you have a great visit. They will also regularly sanitise frequently touched areas such as door handles and lift buttons.
    • Toilets will be available on request and cleaned frequently throughout the day.

We look forward to welcoming you back when you are ready.

 

 



by Hannah Anderson

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