Journey through the Epstein Archive

A unique insight into the creative and private life of one of Britain’s foremost sculptors, the late Sir Jacob Epstein, will be on show at The New Art Gallery Walsall as resident artist Bob and Roberta Smith presents a free evening of film screenings in a Journey Through the Epstein Archive on Wednesday 19 May, 6pm – 9pm.


The Epstein Archive is a fascinating personal collection relating to the sculptor Jacob Epstein and his second wife Kathleen Garman, co-benefactor of the Garman Ryan Collection. As well as telling the sometimes tragic story of the Epstein-Garman household, the thousands of letters, photographs, books and documents that the archive holds shed new light onto the work of Jacob Epstein.


As part of the gallery’s 18-month New Ways of Collaborating project to explore and exhibit the Epstein Archive, Bob and Roberta Smith and Archive Curator Neil Lebeter will guide audiences through a series of short films about Epstein’s often turbulent professional and family life.


Journey Through the Epstein Archive will showcase previously unseen films, including The Epstein Tour, with the artist taking us on a tour of the sites of Jacob Epstein’s battles with the cultural and political establishment.


Also on show will be a film documenting the creation of See Esther, Walsall’s Mona Lisa, a large-scale work by Bob and Roberta Smith which is currently in development as part of a month long residency at the gallery.


Complementary refreshments will be provided. Free, no need to book, just drop in. Our visitors that evening will also have the opportunity to have a look at our brand new exhibitions, Adam Dant on Drink, Sun K Kwak’ s Untying Space and Matthew Houlding’s The Chemosphere.


The event is part of the 2010 Contemporary Art Society Centenary Year celebrations.


New Ways of Collaborating is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.


For further details, please contact 01922 654400.