Image credit: Leah Hickey, Offering, 2023. Courtesy the artist.
Contemporary Exhibitions


Leah Hickey, Jamal Lloyd Davis, Tomilola Olumide

The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to be working in partnership with Multistory to present Assembly, an annual exhibition of newly commissioned work by emerging artists from the Black Country. Initiated as part of Multistory’s artist development programme, Blast Creative Network, this opportunity supports and platforms emerging artists from the region and makes space for them to push their practice and to experiment with making new work. 

In our first year of working in partnership on this project, we are delighted to be working with artists Leah Hickey, Jamal Lloyd Davis and Tomilola Olumide.

Leah Hickey: “My name is Leah, and I’m an artist led by heartache. I use English Romantic poetry and auto-fiction as a starting point for rhythmic verse, typographic painting and gravestones. My work is influenced by classical American cinema, performative femininity, and Christian and Druidic ritual surrounding death. At the moment, I’ve been thinking a lot about my heritage within the Black Country and Limerick, Ireland.”


Jamal Lloyd Davis: “As a Photographer & Filmmaker exploring the nuances of the human experience, my journey has been shaped not only by external influences but also by my struggle with anxiety. This intimate understanding of mental health issues has shaped my artistic perspective and fuelled my passion to advocate for mental health awareness within the Black community.”


Tomilola Olumide: “I am Tomilola Olumide, a Nigerian Multidisciplinary Artist based in Wolverhampton, UK. My art practice documents autobiographical assemblages of personal history narratives, chronicling identity, memory, emotional landscapes and experimentation of materials and subjects inspired by my upbringing in Lagos, Nigeria and my navigation of life in adulthood. I work interdisciplinarily across mediums like sculpture, new media, painting, performance and literature.”


Exhibition preview

Thursday 8 August 2024, 6-8pm. All welcome