Recent Acquisitions Part 1
People and Artistic Connections

Throughout 2016 we will display some of the newest acquisitions to our Permanent Collection, in the lead up to its 125th anniversary next year. Our collecting policy prioritises works which have an association with our Garman Ryan Collection, or are by artists who have been part of our temporary exhibitions programmes or held residencies at the Gallery.


Presented over two themed exhibitions, Part 1 looks at People and Artistic Collections. It premieres two works by Frank Auerbach which were the Gallery’s first acquisitions through HM Government’s Accepted in Lieu Scheme, and belonged to his great friend, Lucian Freud. We are also showcasing The Garman Ryan Shroud by Birmingham based artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood, the resulting commission following her residency in our Studio in 2014.


1983, oil on canvas. Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government and allocated to The New Art Gallery Walsall, 2015. Copyright Frank Auerbach.