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


The New Art Gallery Walsall is hosting a special shopping event day on Sunday 1st December, 12noon-4pm, as part of Museum Shop Sunday, with bespoke craft stalls, entertainment, artist demonstrations and a drop in children’s workshop.


STALLS STILL AVAILBLE FOR LOCAL CRAFTERS – Please email the gallery via with contact details and a bit about your craft!



Museum Shop Sunday celebrates the unique and exciting shops which play such a vital role in helping arts, cultural and heritage attractions to survive and thrive. Over 1,000 cultural venues worldwide will be putting on special events with special offers and discounts.


By shopping at your local museum or gallery, you are actively contributing to its future sustainability.


by Chris Wilkinson

Gallery Christmas Opening hours

Please note the following amendments to the Gallery’s opening times during Christmas 2019:

Wednesday 25th December CLOSED

Thursday 26th December CLOSED

Friday 27th December CLOSED

Wednesday 1st January CLOSED


The Gallery will be open as normal on Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th & Tuesday 31st December. Normal hours resume from 2nd January.


by Chris Wilkinson