Bedrooms and Battle Jackets! Calling all Midlands Metal fans…..


Here at The New Art Gallery Walsall, we are working with Home of Metal and artist Alan Kane to present a unique exhibition for next summer, 4 Bedroom Detached Home of Metal.


We want to celebrate metal culture and are keen to include battle jackets, both actual and as photographs. We also want to recreate four bedrooms containing metal-related collections.


If you think you might be interested in working with us, please send your photographs and relevant contact details to by Sunday 18 November 2018.


For further information, please visit



Image credit: Chris Hopkins’ battle jacket.  Photo: Katja Ogrin

by Chris Wilkinson

Local Makers’ Market – Stall Holder Applications 2018 – SUBMISSION DATE EXTENDED

The date for submissions has been extended to November 14th 2018 for the last remaining stalls! Download the application form below.



We are looking for fantastic designer-makers and artists to apply to take part in The New Art Gallery Walsall’s 2018 Local Makers’ Markets. Celebrating the wealth of talent in the region, and offering Christmas shoppers the chance to buy something unique, the Gallery will be hosting local makers during the first weekend of December.


We are looking for applications from a range of creative disciplines including, painting, sculpture, jewellery, photography, lighting, textiles, stone carving, fashion, glass, artisan foods and more.

If you already sell your products or are looking for the perfect opportunity to launch yourself into the creative market, we want to hear from you.


Local Makers Market

Celebrating the wealth of talent in the region and offering Christmas shoppers the chance to buy local bespoke and handmade products.

Join us at the Gallery on Saturday (1 December) for festive cheer and free mince pies and learn more about the makers with free demonstrations on the Sunday (2 December).


Saturday 1 December, 11am-5pm

Sunday 2 December, 12pm-4pm


How to apply for a stall:

To apply for a stall at the Makers Markets please download the application form below.

The date for submissions has been extended to November 14th 2018 for the last remaining stalls!


Makers Market Application Form 2018


For further information or enquiries please contact the Gallery on 01922 654400

by Gemma Cornish

BBC FOUR What Do Artists Do All Day? follows artist Mahtab Hussain

Tonight on BBC FOUR What Do Artists Do All Day? follows artist Mahtab Hussain on his latest photographic project featuring young British Asians.


Mahtab’s exhibitionGoing back home to where I came from is currently on display at The New Art Gallery Walsall until the 2 September 2018 and Mitti Ka Ghar is on display in our Family Gallery until 24 February 2019.






Image credits: (top) Mahab Hussain, Going back home to where I came from, 2018, installation view,
The New Art Gallery Walsall


(bottom image)

Mahab Hussain, Mitti Ka Ghar, 2018, installation view, The New Art Gallery Walsall

by Chris Wilkinson

Announcement: Mark Essen selected for Building as Material ll residency

Mark Essen

The Building as Material II

11 June – 26 August 2018

Artists’ Studio


To mark The New Art Gallery Walsall’s 18th birthday in 2018, the Gallery invited proposals from West Midlands-based artists in response to the theme: The Building as Material.


Mark Essen, hyperbolic hypnotic hyperbole, 2018. Commissioned for 3-Phase, a partnership between Jerwood Charitable Foundation, WORKPLACE and Eastside Projects. Photo: John Mckenzie


Following this Open Call, Birmingham-based artist Mark Essen has been selected to develop a new body of work from the Artists’ Studio, taking terracotta, a clay-based ceramic material used in the building, as his point of departure. During his residency, Mark will explore the relationship of clay to Walsall, researching local buildings and the contemporary use of clay in Walsall-made ceramics as well as the history of brick making in the area. Mark will make various brick and tile designs, inviting the public inside the studio to explore his raw materials.


Mark Essen (b. Reigate, UK) studied at Birmingham City University before completing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2014. He was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 and has exhibited widely in the UK, including Workplace, Gateshead; Hauser & Wirth, Somerset; Tate St Ives, and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. In 2017, Mark set up Modern Clay, a socially-engaged ceramics studio in Birmingham, which aims to remove perceived boundaries between fine and applied arts and crafts.

by Chris Wilkinson

Objects of Obsession: Bob and Roberta Smith ‘Esther’


“I find it hard to talk about the story of Esther. It’s a difficult thing”  Bob and Roberta Smith


Watch Bob and Roberta Smith fighting back the tears in his Objects of Obsession interview with the Royal Academy’s Tim Marlow about why he chose Jacob Epstein’s sculpture of his daughter Esther in the Gallery’s Garman Ryan Collection.


As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations, three Royal Academicians took part in a new series of digital talks about their chosen Objects of Obsession: works of art by another artist that have great meaning to them.


Each revelatory encounter was hosted by the gallery or museum which houses the piece and live streamed on

the venues own Facebook and YouTube pages to art fans across the globe.



Objects of Obsession is brought to you in partnership with the Royal Academy and The Space


Other talks in the series


Cornelia Parker discusses Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane (1855) by Richard Dadd

at Bethlem Museum of the Mind (16 February 2018)

Sonia Boyce discusses Othello, The Moor of Venice by James Northcote at

Manchester Art Gallery (8 March 2018)

by Chris Wilkinson

Local Makers’ Market 2017: Meet the Makers

We are excited to be hosting a range of talented Local Makers, Crafters & Artists at our up-coming market on December 2nd & 3rd.


Here’s a taste of what’s in store!




Original contemporary prints and drawings by Daniella Turbin. 


Handmaid Crafts:

Wirework jewellery, accessories, cards and needle felted Christmas decorations by Jill Dind.





Natalie Brooks: Artist and Roly Poly Ponies:

Needle felted sculpture, cartoon ponies and Christmas decorations.




Mike Taylor:

Handmade wooden wares by Mike Taylor: Woodland Craftsman.




Urvashi Patel Art:

Watercolour art on cards, mugs, tote bags and accessories, as well as prints and originals.




Felted home wares and accessories including brooches, pods, lamp shades and fairy lights created by Sarah Leigh.




Izzybird Bags by Elizabeth Whitehouse:

Handbags, corsages, greetings cards and ‘make your own’ kits.



Oimillie lamp work, glass and jewellery:

Lamp work beads and jewellery by Heather Pearce.



Fernandez Firecrafts:

Pyrography on wood, created by Jenny Fernandez.



Yvonne Thomas Felt Figures:

Mini felted figures. Personalised items also available by commission.



Gerry Mahoney:

Feline based graphic illustrations.


John Sheldon:

Illustrations, drawings and glass painted artworks.


Claire Taylor:

Crocheted items created by Claire Taylor.


Mums Herd:

Children’s illustration and prints by Isabelle Blewitt.


by Gemma Cornish

Inspirational Gifts for Christmas at The New Art Gallery Walsall


This Christmas visit our bright and inspiring Gallery Shop to fulfil all your festive needs.

Come and explore our wide selection of Christmas cards, perfect gifts and quirky stocking fillers.

Discover our Quentin Blake and JMW Turner inspired products and books that complement our

current Exhibitions.



Ignite someone’s creative spark with our new range of artist materials and try-it-yourself guides.

Or dig deeper into their favourite topics, with our large collection of books on Walsall’s renowned

Garman Ryan Collection, Art, Architecture and Local History.


For that truly unique gift, why not start their Art Collection this Christmas with a Limited Edition

Artist Print, specially made for the Gallery and available exclusively through the Gallery Shop.

All purchases support the Gallery.


Christmas Opening Times:

Saturday 23 December, Open

Christmas Eve Sunday 24 December – Closed

Closed Monday 25 December – Closed

Closed Tuesday 26 December – Closed

Open Wednesday 27 December – Open

Closed Monday 1 January 2018 – Closed


Normal Opening hours: Tuesday –Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sunday 12noon-4pm

by Chris Wilkinson

CANCELLED Young People’s Edition of the Makers Market

The Young People’s Edition of the Makers Market which was due to take place at The New Art Gallery Walsall

on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November is now CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

by Chris Wilkinson