Reopening of The New Art Gallery Walsall

Press release

July 2020

 

The New Art Gallery Walsall to reopen

Following the recent government announcements easing lockdown, plans have been devised for a phased reopening of The New Art Gallery Walsall. The planning has been carefully focussed around the safety of both gallery staff and visitors.

 

The first phase of reopening is due to start on Wednesday 5 August with the following open:

  • The Ground Floor Community Gallery with 20 for 2020, 20 works of art representing each year of the Gallery’s history. The exhibition includes works by Gavin Turk, Christopher Le Brun, Soheila Sokhanvari and Jane and Louise Wilson amongst many others.
  • The renowned world class Garman Ryan Collection on the 1st and 2nd Floors, with Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s exhibition Kathleen and Sally series.
  • The spacious shop, stocking a wide range of books as well as gifts, gallery souvenirs, arts supplies, greeting cards and stationary.Over the last few months the Gallery has been working hard to maintain a creative offer for audiences through enhanced online content and new digital programme initiatives. For children and families the Gallery has produced weekly online workshops based on works from current exhibitions and works from the Collections. These have had over 8000 views over four months. We were furthermore, selected to deliver the new, digitally available, Discover at Home Arts Award.
  • “Our focus is on proceeding very carefully and safely, and staying in step with our neighbouring authorities. Gallery staff are adhering to official guidance and recommended best practice and risk assessments have taken place. We are adopting a phased approach and will seek to learn from our initial opening phase and the emerging national picture.”
  • “We are delighted that the acclaimed New Art Gallery is reopening and are thrilled to welcome you back. We believe that arts and culture play a vital role in our emotional wellbeing and sense of community. Experiencing great art can be healing and we hope the gallery can offer a much needed space for reflection and inspiration.
  • Councillor Garry Perry, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture said:
  • Three Stay at Home residencies for artists based in the West Midlands were awarded and a new series of films entitled INSIGHTS has been launched to further connect audiences with artists. This has been in addition to regular posts across our social media platforms, with staff reminiscences of our past programme.
  • Admission to the Gallery is free.

Please check the Gallery website www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk for opening hours during the initial phased reopening.

 

ENDS

 

Note to Editors:

The NAG is celebrating its 20th Birthday in 2020. Free admission.

 

For images, interview opportunities and further information, please contact Chris Wilkinson, Marketing Officer on 07846 692 667 or email Chris.wilkinson@walsall.gov.uk

 

Visiting The New Art Gallery Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall is situated in the heart of Walsall Town Centre, at the top of Park Street, along the main High Street, within easy walking distance from both the train and bus stations. The Gallery is situated opposite the Crown Wharf Retail Park, which includes local parking, retail outlets restaurants, Premier Inn hotel and The Light Cinema.

 

Further travel information can be found here: https://thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk/visit/

The New Art Gallery Walsall is funded by revenue support from Walsall Council and the Arts Council England.

 

For more information visit thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk

 

 



by Chris Wilkinson

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