Art Party

Art Party 

Thursday 21 August, 5-8pm  

In 2011, artist Bob and Roberta Smith made waves in the art world with Letter to Michael Gove, an oversized painted-word response to the Education Secretary’s proposed eradication of art from the British school syllabus. In his feature film Art Party, Smith builds on his 2011 protest with a mix of performance, interviews and imagined scenes, en route to the November 2013 Art Party Conference in Scarborough, where he and other speakers championed the importance of art and its place in the education system. Part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy, Art Party ultimately asks “how do you tell one man he’s got it wrong?”

Art Party (12A)




The New Art Gallery Walsall has a longstanding relationship with Bob and Roberta Smith who created our Archive Gallery on the 1st floor following a two year residency where he explored our Epstein Archives, developing many artworks and films as a response.  See Esther Walsall’s Mona Lisa, a series of four large panels, is a focal point in our Foyer, and Theodore Garman: The sculpture of his son that Jacob Epstein never made is a highlight in our Portraits room, popular with school groups.


Join us for the Art Party world premiere, happening simultaneously at venues throughout the country, on the day that GCSE results are announced.


Following the screening we will be hosting our own Art Party, where there will be the opportunity to reflect and discuss the film on our Roof Terrace, accompanied by snacks and light refreshments.


FREE Please book your place by calling 01922 654400 or giving your name at our Reception Desk


(Doors open at 5pm, and the film will start promptly at 5.30pm. Please note, latecomers cannot be admitted.)