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

Bedrooms and Battle Jackets! Calling all Midlands Metal fans…..


Here at The New Art Gallery Walsall, we are working with Home of Metal and artist Alan Kane to present a unique exhibition for next summer, 4 Bedroom Detached Home of Metal.


We want to celebrate metal culture and are keen to include battle jackets, both actual and as photographs. We also want to recreate four bedrooms containing metal-related collections.


If you think you might be interested in working with us, please send your photographs and relevant contact details to by Sunday 18 November 2018.


For further information, please visit



Image credit: Chris Hopkins’ battle jacket.  Photo: Katja Ogrin

by Chris Wilkinson

Local Makers’ Market – Stall Holder Applications 2018 – SUBMISSION DATE EXTENDED

The date for submissions has been extended to November 14th 2018 for the last remaining stalls! Download the application form below.



We are looking for fantastic designer-makers and artists to apply to take part in The New Art Gallery Walsall’s 2018 Local Makers’ Markets. Celebrating the wealth of talent in the region, and offering Christmas shoppers the chance to buy something unique, the Gallery will be hosting local makers during the first weekend of December.


We are looking for applications from a range of creative disciplines including, painting, sculpture, jewellery, photography, lighting, textiles, stone carving, fashion, glass, artisan foods and more.

If you already sell your products or are looking for the perfect opportunity to launch yourself into the creative market, we want to hear from you.


Local Makers Market

Celebrating the wealth of talent in the region and offering Christmas shoppers the chance to buy local bespoke and handmade products.

Join us at the Gallery on Saturday (1 December) for festive cheer and free mince pies and learn more about the makers with free demonstrations on the Sunday (2 December).


Saturday 1 December, 11am-5pm

Sunday 2 December, 12pm-4pm


How to apply for a stall:

To apply for a stall at the Makers Markets please download the application form below.

The date for submissions has been extended to November 14th 2018 for the last remaining stalls!


Makers Market Application Form 2018


For further information or enquiries please contact the Gallery on 01922 654400

by Gemma Cornish

BBC FOUR What Do Artists Do All Day? follows artist Mahtab Hussain

Tonight on BBC FOUR What Do Artists Do All Day? follows artist Mahtab Hussain on his latest photographic project featuring young British Asians.


Mahtab’s exhibitionGoing back home to where I came from is currently on display at The New Art Gallery Walsall until the 2 September 2018 and Mitti Ka Ghar is on display in our Family Gallery until 24 February 2019.






Image credits: (top) Mahab Hussain, Going back home to where I came from, 2018, installation view,
The New Art Gallery Walsall


(bottom image)

Mahab Hussain, Mitti Ka Ghar, 2018, installation view, The New Art Gallery Walsall

by Chris Wilkinson