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

June

Sketching Sunday

Sunday 12 June, 12.30-3.30pm

Sketching Sunday led by Twenty Twenty Collection artist Sophia Moffa. Come and spend a relaxing afternoon drawing inspired by our Collections.  Materials and encouragement provided, no experience necessary.  Free, drop in. All welcome.

Art, Motherhood and Lockdown

Monday 20 June, 7.30pm-9pm

Join West Midlands’ artists Adele Mary ReedSally ButcherSinead Patching and Yasmin Agilah-Hood in conversation with Faye Claridge, as they reflect upon the national lockdowns and the challenges and opportunities it brought them being both artists and mothers.

Free, online event. Book via Eventbrite

Twenty Twenty Collection – Recommended Reading Event
Saturday 25 June

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

Free, drop in.  (please see Artists’ Reading list on page 36 of Exhibition Guide)

July 

Sketching Sunday
Sunday 10 July – 12.30-3.30pm

Sketching Sunday led by Twenty Twenty Collection artist Vincent Louis Stokes. Come and spend a relaxing afternoon drawing inspired by our Collections.  Materials and encouragement provided, no experience necessary.  Free, drop in. All welcome.

Artist Led Exhibition Tour
Saturday 30 July, 12pm

Tour of The Twenty Twenty Collection with artists Matt Greenhall and Rachel Magdeburg.

Free, contact Gallery to book on 01922 654400.

Painting on Found Materials

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