New Ways of Curating Conference

Artists Bob and Roberta Smith and Tim Brennan will lead you on an exploration of creative curatorship and a future for collaboration between museums and artists. Over the past two years, The New Art Gallery Walsall has been one of the three key partners in the collaborative New Ways of Curating programme. Now we are hosting the New Ways of Curating conference on behalf of the project partners, stakeholders and funders.

This one-day conference would be of interest to curators, students, artists and policy makers. This conference is free, but places are limited. For details of the programme and to book your place please visit the web portal www.newwaysofcurating.org



The New Art Gallery Walsall has paired artist Bob and Roberta Smith with Archive Curator Neil Lebeter to create a dialogue between the two professions that explores common ground and reveals new ways to enrich one another’s practice. Together they are exploring the previously untapped resource of the Epstein Archive. The archive is composed of correspondence, photographs and documents relating to Jacob Epstein and his family, with the many highs and lows that this extraordinary family experienced coming to the fore. Bob and Roberta Smith have created a number of new works in response to the objects and stories within the archive and a major group exhibition, The Life of the Mind, will showcase these works together for the first time. The Life of the Mind opens at The New Art Gallery Walsall on Friday 21 January 2011.


Sandwell Museums Service is collaborating with West Bromwich based arts organisation Multistory. Together with artists Julian Walker and Katie Shipley they are exploring how they can re-capture the industrial past of the Black Country. They have set a creative challenge: to collect memories and emotions and to re-connect objects, people and places that have become separated from each other as the six towns of the borough moved away from being centres of heavy industry. Their overarching aim is to find new ways of collecting – to move on from the collection of the problematic and increasingly mute artefacts of the Black Country’s industrial heritage to make a People’s Collection of feelings: pride, identity and self confidence. www.multistory.org.uk


Compton Verney wants to enrich the experience of their visitors and allow them find their own connections with collections in fresh new ways. Taking Compton Verney’s unique collection of folk art as a starting point, What the Folk Say involves contemporary artists lead by Paul Ryan, curators and the public in a series of interventions throughout the building. Artists whose work reflect an awareness of the cultural and visual value of folk art have been invited to select an object from the Folk Art collection and place it amongst artworks in other collections. www.comptonverney.org.uk


The New Art Gallery Walsall receives Special Project award from the Museums Association for its Effective Collections programme.


The New Art Gallery Walsall has been awarded one of only two grants of £25,000 to support New Ways of Collaborating. This is fantastic news for the gallery and will ensure that the project moves from strength to strength over the coming months. The overarching aim of Effective Collections is to stimulate a change in the culture of museums, such that they expect to use and share collections more.