The Building of The New Art Gallery Walsall!

Peter Jenkinson, the gallery’s first Director, makes a welcome and exciting return to Walsall to talk with Jo Digger, Head of Collections, about how the gallery came into existence and all the people who made it possible. 


Peter, the then Head of Museums and Galleries, was appointed as project director to lead the new development and was instrumental in the leadership and development of The New Art Gallery Walsall.


The talk will also present the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear about how the design, planning and scheduling of the Gallery were developed and how the construction of The New Art Gallery Walsall formed part of a wider regeneration strategy for the borough of Walsall.


Funded by National Lottery and Walsall Council and designed by architects Caruso St John, following an international architectural competition, the building was finished on time and within budget and has received widespread acclaim.


As The New Art Gallery Walsall celebrates its 10th birthday, attendances are at an all-time high, with total attendances approaching 1.6 million. 


Throughout the years, visitors have enjoyed a wide range of contemporary, modern and historic art exhibitions and associated workshops and events.  The Garman Ryan Collection provides the core of the Gallery’s resources. The temporary exhibition programme focuses on contemporary art and seeks to support the work of living artists and to build and extend audiences for contemporary art. 


The talk is free, no need to book, just turn up on the night! Refreshments will be available.


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


Photo:  Gary Kirkham