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.”
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!
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.