Working towards reopening

 

Following the Government’s easing of Coronavirus restrictions, we are one step closer to welcoming you back to the Gallery.

 

We will not be reopening on Saturday 4th July, but are working hard to ensure that visitors are safe when we do.

 

Keep an eye on our social media channels or sign up to receive our newsletter to be among the first to know when we will reopen. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

 



by Hannah Anderson

New ‘Discover from Home’ Arts Award course launched!

 

Arts Connect with Trinity College, London, have devised a new digitally available Arts Award course, that can be completed from home. The ‘Discover from Home’ course is being rolled out through selected cultural organisations, including The New Art Gallery Walsall. The first 50 places on the course are FREE! Thereafter a small fee will be incurred by participants to cover the cost of the certificate.

 

The Gallery is now taking bookings for the course, that is running between Monday 15th June and Monday 31st August 2020. See the ‘Arts Award, Discover from Home’ page on our website for further details and to enrol.

 

The online children’s workshops delivered by our talented artist-educators are being used as a resource for completing the Discover from Home Arts Award course.



by Hannah Anderson

Farwa Moledina

Ramadhan Essentials, 2020

Digital Illustration

 

Three West Midlands based artists selected for The Stay at Home Residency series during lockdown

 

The New Art Gallery Walsall has adapted its Studio residency programme in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to support three artists to produce work from their homes between May and July this year. Following an open-call to artists based in the West Midlands, the Gallery received 60 varied proposals from a diverse range of artists working across the region. The many challenges that artists are facing during lockdown were well articulated. In selecting, we were keen to see opportunities for artistic and professional development during these challenging times, to support creative approaches to practice amid imposed restrictions and to explore the benefits and possibilities of sharing with an online audience.

 

We are delighted to announce that the selected artists are Farwa Moledina, Faye Claridge and Antonio Roberts and we look forward to working with each of them over the coming months.

 

For more information see the artist’s individual pages on our website, listed on the What’s On page.

 

 



by Hannah Anderson

The Stay at Home Residency series – open call out

 

Open Call-out for The Stay at Home Residency series (May, June & July 2020)

 

The New Art Gallery Walsall is adapting its studio programme in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to offer a series of stay at home residency opportunities for artists based in the West Midlands. Between May and July 2020, three artists will receive support to develop work from the safety of their home. See Submitting a Residency Proposal for full details. Application deadline: Friday 24th April, 10am



by Hannah Anderson

Children’s workshops going digital!

 

Our much loved children’s workshops will being going online! Join us from home to take part in our various workshops. This Easter we’ll have Saturday Playdates, Tuesday Tots, Wednesdays for All and Thursday Skills. Our talented Artist Educators are working hard to provide their workshops digitally so you can all join in from home. Keep an eye out on our website in the What’s On section and keep an eye on our Facebook page for alerts and updates about which workshops will be available. We’ll upload them all to the relevant sections on our website in Families so that they are there for whenever you feel like getting creative! Please do share your creations with us by  tagging us on social media – Facebook @newartgallerywalsall and Instagram @thenewartgallerywalsall or send them to us via messenger, or at info@thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk We can’t wait to see what you create!

 



by Hannah Anderson

The New Art Gallery Walsall temporary closure to the public, from 2pm, Thursday 19th March 2020

 

The New Art Gallery Walsall temporary closure

2pm, Thursday 19 March 2020

 

To all our supporters, friends and visitors,

 

For over 20 years The New Art Gallery Walsall has been bringing people, art and artists together. However, in light of the developing situation with COVID-19, the welfare of our visitors and staff must come first. That is why Walsall Council have taken the decision to close the Gallery to the public, until further notice, from 2pm, Thursday 19th March.

 

All scheduled events for the coming months have been cancelled; we will review which of these can be rescheduled for a later date. If you have paid for a ticket for one of our events you will be refunded.

 

Please continue to visit us online at our website and on social media for any updates and for access to the Gallery, its exhibitions and collections.

 

Thank you for your support – we don’t know yet when we will reopen, but we look forward to welcoming you back when we do.

 

Until then, stay safe and take care of yourselves and loved ones.



by Hannah Anderson

Culture Secretary visits The New Art Gallery

 

 

 

We were very pleased to welcome Oliver Dowden CBE, the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to The New Art Gallery Walsall on his recent visit to the West Midlands on 27th February.

 

He really enjoyed his time here, and said on his official Twitter account @OliverDowden, “Delighted to make my first gallery visit @DCMS the @newartgallery in Walsall. Its Epstein collection is amazing but the collection of local people engaging with art in their community was even better. Art should be for everyone and it certainly is here.” 

 

 



by Hannah Anderson

Arty Party!

 

 

 

We were 20 on 20th February! As another part of the 20th birthday celebrations for The New Art Gallery Walsall, a fun Arty Party for all the family was held at the Gallery on Saturday 22nd. There were party games to play and free creative workshops including card and badge making to take part in, as well as face painting, music and of course a delicious birthday cake! Yum!

 



by Hannah Anderson

We are 20!

 

 

 

To mark the 20th birthday of The New Art Gallery, a celebratory preview event open to all was held on the evening of Thursday 20 February, featuring speeches by the Gallery’s Director, Stephen Snoddy, Caroline Douglas (Director, Contemporary Art Society) and Stephen Deuchar (Director, Art Fund), as well as a DJ set by artists Bob and Roberta Smith and Jessica Voorsanger.

 

For its birthday exhibition, the Gallery has brought together works of contemporary art collected over the last 20 years, from artists who have featured in the exhibitions and studio programmes. 20:20 – Twenty Years of Collecting Contemporary Art reflects on overlapping themes such as the changing urban landscape, the Black Country, the impact of globalisation and people and places, and features work from a selection of international artists as well as those closer to home. Artists include Mohamed Bourouissa, Romuald Hazoumè, Juneau Projects, Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare, Dayanita Singh, Bob and Roberta Smith, Soheila Sokhanvari and many others across Floor 3 and throughout the building.

 

The exhibition is open until 14 June 2020.

 

 

 

Photography: Mark Hinton


by Hannah Anderson