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The New Art Gallery Walsall

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The New Art Gallery Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall is an art gallery. It is in Walsall, England. It displays modern art.

The gallery cost £21 million. That includes £15.75 million which was donated by the UK National Lottery. It also includes money from the European Regional Development Fund.[1][2][3]

The Gallery is funded by Walsall Council and Arts Council England,.[4] It also gets money from grants and from its shop. Admission is free.[5] Its first Director was Peter Jenkinson. In May 2005, Stephen Snoddy was appointed as Director.

Architecture[change | change source]

The building was designed by the architects Caruso St John. It opened in January 2000. Before that, the artworks were in the town's old gallery[6] The New Art Gallery's building won several architectural awards.[7] Over 237,000 people visited it in its first year.[7] In 2000 the gallery was shortlisted for the Sterling Architecture Prize.[8][9]

Collections[change | change source]

Vincent van Gogh - Sorrow

The Gallery is home to the Garman Ryan Collection of sculptures and paintings by modern masters. These include a large selection of work by Jacob Epstein. It also includes many significant works by European artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Turner, Corot, Renoir and Constable. There are prints, sketches, drawings, paintings and sculptures.[10][11] The collection was donated to the people of Walsall in 1973 by Epstein's wife Kathleen Garman (Lady Epstein) and her friend Sally Ryan.[12]

In 2006 the gallery bought the Epstein Archive. The archive is a collection of photographs, documents and sketches by Jacob Epstein. It also includes letters between Jacob and his family and friends. There are letters between Epstein and the people who bought and sold his work.

The gallery also has works by more recent artists. These include Gavin Turk, Hew Locke, Mike Nelson, Yoshihiro Suda, Dorothy Cross, Laura Ford, Darren Lago, Estelle Thompson, Richard Woods, Yinka Shonibare and Rose Finn-Kelcey.

It also holds exhibitions of work borrowed from other galleries. Those exhibitions are temporary.

Other facilities[change | change source]

The Art Library

The New Art Gallery has Wi-Fi in every room. Visitors can use this Wi-Fi for free.

The Gallery has an Art Library. Anyone can visit the library. In the library, people can read books about art history.

There is a Costa Coffee on the ground floor.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jodidio, Philip (2006). "Chapter 3: Caruso St John". In Kobler, Florian (ed.). Architecture in the United Kingdom. Court, Christiane; Bosser, Jacques. Cologne: Taschen. pp. 44–47. ISBN 3-8228-3972-8.
  2. "Design process - New Art Gallery - Case studies - CABE". webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2019-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "New Art Gallery Walsall | Arts Council". Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  5. "The New Art Gallery Walsall". thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk.
  6. "Gabion: No concessions: Caruso St. John's New Art Gallery, Walsall 2/2". Archived from the original on 2002-06-22. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ward, David (27 October 2003). "New attractions for a new millennium". The Guardian. London.
  8. Welch, Adrian (14 June 2016). "Stirling Prize Awards: Past Winners". e-architect.
  9. Kennedy, Maev; arts; correspondent, heritage (17 October 2000). "Gallery which regenerated canal area up for prize" – via www.theguardian.com.
  10. A Shared Vision: The Garman Ryan Collection, by Shelia McGregor, Merrell Publishers
  11. "The New Art Gallery Walsall - Collections and library". Archived from the original on 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  12. "The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall". Britain's Finest. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]

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