Anj Smith, A Willow Grows Aslant the Brook,
installation view, The New Art Gallery Walsall Photograph: David Rowan

In Conversation
Anj Smith with Joost Joustra

Thursday 2 September, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm

£3  + Booking fee 

To book go to:

or call the Gallery’s Reception Desk on 01922 654400


This event accompanies Anj Smith’s major solo exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall (18 May – 5 September 2021). The exhibition comprises new and recent works, many of which can be seen for the first time in Walsall.  Featuring paintings and prints, this is the largest presentation of the artist’s work in a UK public gallery to date and offers a rare opportunity to view a significant body of work together.


The event will conclude with an open Q&A and will be recorded.



Anj Smith is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. Born in 1978 in Kent, England, Anj Smith studied at Slade School of Fine Art and at Goldsmiths College in London. Smith has exhibited internationally at museums and galleries such as Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales; Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands; The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN; Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY; Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France, and Me Collector’s Room, Berlin, Germany.


Smith’s work is also displayed in the collections of many leading international museums and collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA; DRAF David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK and the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland.


Joost Joustra is The Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Research Curator at the National Gallery and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London. In 2020, he curated the exhibition Sin at the National Gallery and authored the accompanying book, Sin: The Art of Transgression, exploring how sin has been depicted in art for centuries.



A recording of the In Conversation event with Anj Smith and Dr Zoé Whitley which took place online on Tuesday 25 May can now be viewed on the Gallery’s YouTube channel.


Anj Smith, A Willow Grows Aslant the Brook

Until 5 September 2021

A major solo exhibition by renowned British painter Anj Smith. Comprising of 23 paintings and prints, the show includes new and recent works, some seen for the first time in Walsall.