Calling all Midlands Metal fans!

The New Art Gallery Walsall, artist Alan Kane and Home of Metal are looking for Midlands-based metal fans with metal-related collections.  We want to show some fan’s collections as part of the exhibition 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal which will be on display at The New Art Gallery Walsall from 22 June – 1 September 2019.

We will work closely with fans to determine and plan the display of their collections and will handle them with great care, ensuring that all objects are as secure as possible.  We can organise relevant packing, transport and insurance.


For Home of Metal 2019, Kane has playfully conceived of the spacious and elegant galleries as a domestic environment, bringing artists and fans together in an exploration of metal as material and Metal as cultural phenomenon while confounding notions of public and private space and the relationships between the individual and the institution.


If you would be happy to show your collection as part of this project, then please send brief information together with relevant photographs by 12th March, to Andrew Lawson:







by Chris Wilkinson

Common Ground Residency 2019 Call Out

Artists’ Fees: £1250 (each)
Materials/travel budget: £200 (each)
Application Deadline: 4 March, 5pm
Residency dates: 4 June–14 July


The New Art Gallery Walsall (TNAGW), Eastside Projects and Primary invite artists whose practice,
or proposal, has a focus on sculpture or installation in the broadest sense to apply for a Common
Ground residency.


Artists who are either members of the ESP network or based in the East Midlands are eligible to


Common Ground aims to catalyse new relationships between artists and organisations in the East and
West Midlands. One West Midlands based ESP member and one artist based in the East Midlands
will work together in the Artists’ Studio at TNAGW from 4 June – 14 July, each supported by a fee of
£1250 and a materials/travel budget of £200. There is additional budget for accommodation for the
East Midlands based artist if required.


The residency coincides with TNAGW’s year-long celebration of sculpture in all its forms, marking the
60thanniversary of Sir Jacob Epstein’s death. This programme includes major solo presentations by
Daniel Silver and Amalia Pica, displays of contemporary sculpture from the Permanent Collection and
a Rodin Spotlight tour exhibition from the British Museum.


TNAGW and Eastside Projects have worked in partnership since 2012 to offer residency
opportunities that create space for artists to work together, make new work and develop new
networks, with previous residencies connecting practitioners based in the West Midlands, Bristol,
Liverpool and Cardiff. Common Ground is part of a new strand of activity initiated by Eastside
Projects and Primary which aims to strengthen networks across the East and West Midlands.

We support artists working with a range of practices and artistic approaches and welcome
applications from practitioners with diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Key Dates
• Application deadline 4 March, 5pm.
• Interviews mid-March
• Residency Period: 4 June–14 July
• Public presentation: 16 July–25 August – post residency presentation of work in progress,
viewed through the window of the studio.


Support Available
• Shared use of the Artists’ Studio at TNAGW from 4 June – 14July.
• Access to TNAGW workshops and technical support, by arrangement with Head of Technical
• Studio visits/meetings with programming staff at TNAGW, Primary, Eastside Projects, and
one guest – selected through discussion with the artists.
• Fee £1250 (including VAT) per artist + £200 materials/travel
• Accommodation for East Midlands based artist if required
• Artists are expected to be present in the studio for at least 12 days (suggested as 2 days per


Application Process
Application is by email only.
Please send the following to by Monday 4 March, 5pm and write
‘Common Ground’ in the email subject line.

1. Your name, address, phone number, email and website address.
2. An indication of whether you are an ESP member, or an artist based in the East Midlands, or


a. A short statement explaining why you want to undertake a Common Ground residency at
TNAGW and what you hope to gain by working in this context. 300 words max or a 5
minute video)
b. An artist statement (200 words max)
c. An up to date CV


4. Evidence of your current and recent practice in the form of one of the following:
• A maximum of 10 images submitted via e-mail.
• A direct link to a showreel of film and video work (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded
to YouTube or Vimeo.
• Audio work (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded to Soundcloud or similar



5. Please also complete our equal opportunities survey which you will find at

by Chris Wilkinson

Gallery Christmas Opening hours

Please note the following amendments to the Gallery’s opening times during Christmas:

Tuesday 25th December CLOSED

Wednesday 26th December CLOSED

Tuesday 1st January CLOSED


The Gallery will be open as normal on Wednesday 2 January, 10am-5pm.


by Chris Wilkinson

Annual Diwali event at Gallery raises £130 for victims of July floods of Kerala India.

This year’s Diwali ‘Rivers of India’ event which took place at The New Art Gallery Walsall on Saturday

10 November was a huge success with people from across the local community coming to celebrate the annual festival of light.


The event this year was in memory of the people who lost their lives in the severe floods of Kerala in July and August this year which affected the southern Indian state of Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season.


Sadly over 483 people died in what was the worst flood in Kerala in nearly a century. At least a million people were evacuated, mainly from all 14 districts of the state which were placed on red alert.


According to the Kerala government, one-sixth of the total population of Kerala had been directly affected by the floods and related incidents.


The Diwali event raised £130.00 on the day and will go to The West Midlands Kerala Cultural Association, which will then be sent to the Chief Minister of Kerala in India.


Diwali organiser, Surjit Rai said “Visitors to the event found this year’s theme ‘Rivers of India’ most interesting and the entertainment was culturally uplifting. However it was also a time of reflection and an opportunity to pay our respects to the memory of the people of Kerala who went through the tragic events in July”.




by Chris Wilkinson