Collection Exhibitions

Twenty Twenty Collection

The New Art Gallery Walsall is proud to present The Twenty Twenty Collection exhibition.

Following an open call-out, which received submissions from 220 artists across the region, in Spring 2021 the Gallery acquired 32 new works by 30 West Midlands’ based artists, with their individual responses to the significant events that shaped 2020.

The works, spanning a variety of media from collage and photography to drawing and painting, respond to world events over a tumultuous year; from the Covid19 pandemic and National Lockdowns, to Black Lives Matter and Brexit, to Class Inequalities and Climate Change.

The Twenty Twenty Collection Artists all had the opportunity to be profiled on our social media channels during 2021, ahead of this dedicated 8 month long presentation of the new collection in our Community Gallery which will be accompanied by an extensive artist-led events programme.

It has been incredibly important for The New Art Gallery Walsall to continue to support regional artists after a particularly difficult period for the arts, which has seen venues closed, projects postponed or cancelled, and financial insecurity experienced by many.

We hope 2022 will allow more opportunities for the public to engage with our Collections as we present opportunities for direct dialogue with the artists in the exhibition. This presentation will show how artists play a vital role in helping us shape, understand and respond to current and future events.

A new interactive wall-drawing by collection artist Yasmin Agilah-Hood in our Foyer will welcome visitors back to the Gallery next year to accompany the exhibition, along with interactive activities which will allow visitors the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences of this significant time period.

Exhibiting artists:

Adele Mary Reed  / Alex Billingham / Andrew Roberts / Charlotte Moore  / Corinne / Cristina Celestini /
Crow Dillon-Parkin / Edgington / Helen Grundy / Jessica Ladkin / Joanne Masding / Laura Onions /
Lindsay Pritchard / Lucy Fiona Morrison / Mark Murphy / Matt Greenhill /  Michele Harris /
Neil McNaught / Paul Newman / Rachel Magdeburg / Roo Dhissou / Ruth Spencer / Ryan Christopher /
Sally Butcher / Sally Claire Payen / Sherrie Edgar / Sinéad Patching / Sophia Moffa / Vincent Louis Stokes
/ Yasmin Agilah-Hood

link to The Twenty Twenty Collection Audio Labels

Twenty Twenty Collection ISSUU Exhibition Guide

Events Programme 


Twenty Twenty Collection – Recommended Reading Event
Saturday 30 July, 11.30am-1pm

Recommended Reading group discussion event led by Twenty Twenty Collection artist Laura Onions.

Free. To Book call the Gallery on 01922 654400 or register via Eventbrite

Painting on Found Materials Workshop with Rachel Magdeburg

Saturday 30 July, 2-4pm
Workshop led by Rachel Magdeburg

Join Rachel for a painting on found objects workshop at the Gallery, and take inspiration from her painting ‘Expired’ in the Gallery’s Twenty Twenty Collection.

Book a free place by calling the Gallery on 01922 654400 or register via Eventbrite


Sunday 14 August – Sketching Sunday    led by Cristina Celestini 

Saturday 20 August, 2-4pm   Oil Painting Workshop   2-4pm  led by Lucy Fiona Morrison

Learn to create your own expressive and colourful mini painting. Following a demonstration of essential considerations, featuring advice on composition, perspective and colouring, get hands-on creating depth and perspective in your own oil painting.

Free. Book by calling the Gallery on 01922 654400 or register via Eventbrite 

Saturday 27 August   Closing Weekend events TBC