The Garman Ryan 40th Anniversary Preview and Celebration Opening Party

Dealing with Dreams

The Garman Ryan Collection 40th Anniversary 


10 July – 16 November 2014

Floors 1 and 2


6pm – 8pm

Wednesday 9 July, 6-8pm


Special Preview, 5-6pm


We would like you to join us at The New Art Gallery Walsall to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Garman Ryan Collection, which opened on the 9 July 1974 in the Central Library, Lichfield Street, Walsall.


Friends, family & colleagues all welcome.


When Lady Kathleen Epstein gave the extraordinary gift of The Garman Ryan Collection to Walsall, it took over three years of negotiation and complex installation to enable it to open on the 9th July 1974 in the old Carnegie gallery and library, Lichfield Street, Walsall. The gift contained an amazing range of artworks, including work by Van Gogh, Monet, Freud, Epstein, Constable, Durer, Turner and others by unknown artists from many different cultures and periods around the world. Displayed for 40 years in Walsall, the collection has provided generations of people, locally nationally and internationally, with many wonderful opportunities to engage with art of the highest quality. Kathleen would have been proud of the educational opportunties which her collection has provided for people over the years.


This exhibiton tells some of the stories of the Garman Ryan Collection from its conception to the present day, with previously unseen archive material and artworks.


Events and more:


Find out more about the Garman Ryan Collection, Lady Epstein and all the events we have planned including:


The Great Walsall Festival of Good Things

   Saturday 4 October, 10-5pm


–  In Conversation talks

   Saturday 12 July and Saturday 6 September, 2pm


–  Adopt a Garman Ryan Collection Artwork and become a ‘Friend of the Gallery’.


Also Opening:


Noémie Goudal

The Geometrical Determination of the Sunrise

10 July – 14 September 2014

Floor 3






Image credit:  Lady Kathleen Epstein with some of her art collection C. 1972.