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The New Art Gallery Walsall

July to September 2009

Mona Hatoum, Grater Divide, 2002. Edition of 3 Mild steel, 80 5/16 x 1 3/8 in. (204 x 3.5 cm) (variable width) © the artist Photo: Iain Dickens. Courtesy Jay Jopling/ White Cube (London)

Photo - Craig Holmes, Metro Photographic

What’s On July — September 2009 Exhibitions

- Pot Luck: Food and Art - Gordon Cheung: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Neal Rock: Fanestra & Other Works - Jonathan Shaw: Crash - Steffi Klenz: Nummianus - Blooming Marvellous: The Art of Flowers - Bob and Roberta Smith & the Epstein Archive - Fresh Out of the Box

Pot Luck: Food and Art is supported by: Artist Teacher Scheme exhibition is supported by:

Steffi Klenz exhibition is supported by:

Jonathan Shaw exhibition is supported by:

The event programme is supported by:

The gallery is accredited by:

Artists’ Studio

Ania Bas, Kettle On, Kettle Off (Cafe Studio), 2009 Courtesy of the artist

Anna Francis, Stoke 2008 Longhouse PAD programme 2007/2008

Ania Bas


25 May — 30 August 2009

Throughout September

Ania Bas blurs the edges of what art is and what it can be. Her work centres on ideas of collaboration and the outcome of her projects vary; from texting via mobile phones and setting up market stalls, to simply just sitting and talking

This Autumn, a selection of West Midlands-based artists will be developing ideas for public art projects in Walsall and West Bromwich. The residency forms part of Longhouse’s annual Professional Artist Development (PAD) programme. The selected artists will be using the Artists’ Studio as a base to explore the local area and share their ideas with each other and local residents.

Ania will continue the art of conversation in Walsall by sharing stories about the gallery with visitors over tea and cake. As part of her residency, she will create unique guided tours which bypass the exhibits and the architecture to highlight the long-standing memories which resonate throughout the building. Join Ania in the studio for a cuppa or follow her progress online:

Longhouse is dedicated to supporting the professional development of artists in the West Midlands and advocates for the involvement of artists in all aspects of the built environment.

Helen Chadwick, Cacao, 1994. Chocolate, aluminium and steel. Courtesy of the Helen Chadwick Estate and Henry Moore Institute

Manuel Saiz, Paradises, Ecuador, 2007 (video still) Courtesy of the artist

Pot Luck

Food and Art Bobby Baker, Han Bing, Helen Chadwick, Gayle Chong Kwan, Mona Hatoum, Aaron Head, Lia Anna Hennig, Damien Hirst, Anya Gallaccio, Antony Gormley, Subodh Gupta, Anthony Key, Lucy+Jorge Orta, Rainer Prohaska, Manuel Saiz, Jana Sterbak and Karen Tam 22 May — 19 July 2009 Pot Luck brings together 17 internationally acclaimed contemporary artists who explore the continuing relationship between food and art. The exhibition includes photography, sculpture, video and site-specific installations. Pot Luck has been conceived in the mood of an informal ‘pot luck’ dinner where each artist has been invited to bring a ‘dish’ to the table. The eclectic offering includes two life-size Chinese restaurants, a salami raincloud and a bubbling chocolate fountain. This mixture of ingredients invites us to consider the role and significance of food and eating within our daily lives whilst experiencing the current flavour of our social and political climate. Curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell and Anthony Key Produced by Art Circuit Touring Exhibitions

Lucy+Jorge Orta, HortiRecycling Mexican Kitchen, 1997-2008 Recycled Mexican gas cooker, Steel structure, mirrors, 8 recycled fruit cases, 8 laminated, Lamda photographs, various kitchen utensils, taps, wheels. © 2008 by Lucy+ Jorge Orta. Photograph by B. Huet. Courtesy of the artists

Gordon Cheung

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 7 August — 1 November 2009

Gordon Cheung, Raft, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Gordon Cheung creates hallucinogenic visions inspired by a wide range of sources including science fiction, the literature of authors like JG Ballard and Philip K Dick, 18th century romantic painting, cartoons and current affairs. Uniquely, he prepares his canvases using a collage of stock listings from the Financial Times which he regards as a metaphor for the data-saturated and wealth-obsessed era in which we live. These compelling works reflect on such contemporary issues as the war on terror, religion, economics, globalisation, the digital age and technology. For this exhibition, the artist will create a brand new body of works including contemporary interpretations of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Goya’s Disasters of War.

Gordon Cheung, Minotaur 3, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Neal Rock

Fanestra & Other Works 7 August — 1 November Neal Rock creates sculptural, materially overloaded objects through the layering of pigmented silicone. Often large in scale, his work for Walsall will incorporate pieces that occupy the central space of the gallery alongside more familiar wall based installations. His choice of material and processes aim to develop and transform a tradition of abstract painting, acknowledging the impact of recent film history and other media.

Neal Rock, Untitled, 2009. Pigmented silicone. Courtesy of the artist and fa projects.

This, his first major solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, will feature entirely new work. Neal Rock lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

Neal Rock, Untitled, 2009. Pigmented silicone. Courtesy of the artist and fa projects.

Jonathan Shaw Crash

10 July — 6 September 2009 Birmingham-based artist Jonathan Shaw has consistently explored the way that light and movement can be represented through the photographic image. He frequently designs, builds and modifies camera equipment to produce unique and compelling interpretations of space and time. For this exhibition, Jonathan will create a large scale panoramic photographic installation that draws the viewer into the claustrophobic and hedonistic world of clubbing. A publication accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Jean Baird. Supported by Coventry University.

Jonathan Shaw, Crash, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Steffi Klenz Nummianus

11 September — 22 November For this series of works, Steffi has photographed rows of boarded up terraced houses in Greater Manchester. These houses are representative of a more widespread trend in which most residents have left the area, causing a rapid decrease in value for the remaining properties. Unable to sell their homes, some residents are forced to remain in the area where they are subject to a downward spiral of social exclusion. The term “Nummianus” is a direct reference to an inscription found in the remains of a house in Pompeii. Literally translated as coin or money, Klenz makes an ironic reference to homes as commodities and creates a memorial to the loss of a community. A collaborative project with Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Steffi Klenz, Nummianus, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Jacob Epstein, Freesias’, 1933, The Garman Ryan Collection, The New Art Gallery Walsall

Garman Ryan Exhibitions

Blooming Marvellous

6 June – 14 October 2009

Bob and Roberta Smith 15 Marc h I Went to Russia When I Was a Student, 2007

Flowers and plants have always been a popular choice for artists and visitors alike. Walsall’s collections contain many examples with contemporary artists using the subject matter to give a more political twist to what is perceived as a traditional subject.

Bob and Roberta Smith & the Epstein Archive September 2009 — May 2011 Bob and Roberta Smith will be working with an Archivist to reveal the previously undocumented and unseen Epstein Archive to our audiences in new and exciting ways. Thousands of letters, books and photographs in the archive will form the starting point. ‘New Ways of Collaborating’ will explore how history and contemporary art can come together to stimulate new meanings and connections for people. Bob and Roberta Smith’s work will be on display in the archive room in the Garman Ryan Collection from July onwards.

This exhibition carefully selects artists who have been preoccupied with gardening and nature and our ‘taming’ of it. Their attraction to the sheer beauty of flowers and the natural world comes through in the extraordinary riots of colour and form expressed in many different mediums from the virtuoso Victorian painting of Primulas by Edith Elliot to the quiet understated stillness of Dod Proctors spring flowers.

In Conversation

Blooming Marvellous: The Art of Flowers A Gardeners View Saturday 9 May, 2pm Join us an informal discussion about the Blooming Marvellous: The Art of Flowers. Gardening, flower arranging, painting, propagating and designing landscapes are just some of the areas covered. Please reserve your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400.

The Garman Ryan Collection On display all year round The Garman Ryan Collection is a personal collection of art and artefacts given to Walsall by Sir Jacob Epstein’s widow, Kathleen Garman and her close friend, sculptor, Sally Ryan. This intimate display includes works by many famous artists including Van Gogh, Lucian Freud, Monet, Constable and Picasso. For more information about the gallery collections and Jacob Epstein, visit

Fresh Out of the Box until 14 October 2009 See new art works acquired by The New Art Gallery for the permanent collection displayed within the themed rooms of the Garman Ryan Collection. The contemporary works present surprising connections between past and current artistic interests. Exhibiting artists include: Artists Anonymous, Gillian Ayres, Peter Callesen, Gordon Cheung, Martin Creed, Ceal Floyer, Richard Hamilton, GĂźnther Herbst, Andrew Jackson, Christopher Le Brun, Hew Locke, Sarah Lucas, Tim Maguire, Matt & Ross, Cildo Meireles, Eduardo Paolozzi, Marc Quinn, George Shaw, Gavin Turk, David Ward, Wood & Harrison, Richard Wentworth, Catherine Yass.

Gillian Ayres, Ictis, 1998 Screenprint with hand coloured additions

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Carlisle, ca 1797 The Garman Ryan Collection, The New Art Gallery Walsall

Drop in with the family anytime, open everyday, all day.

Disco is a safe space for families to explore art together. You can touch, look, draw, play and create to help you understand the artworks on display. Dress up, design a 3D townscape or create some computer art.

Free Family Events

No need to book, just drop in subject to space.


Wed 29 July and Thurs 30 July, 1pm-4pm each day

Have you been to our families interactive gallery yet? Come and see what it’s all about and we’re having a party to celebrate. Join in the fun and games and find out what a gallery can really be.


Giants in the Gallery Sunday 5 July, 1pm-3pm

To celebrate Children’s Art Day the HND Art and Design students from Walsall College will be inviting you all to help make a giant out of a whole mountain of materials.

Make a Boat

Cast a Glove

Wed 26 August and Thurs 27 August, 1pm-4pm each day

Make a plaster cast glove to trick everyone to think you’ve made a real glove.

Flower Fridays

Wed 5 August and Thurs 6 August, 1pm-4pm each day

Magic Photos

Wed 12 August and Thurs 13 August, 1pm-4pm each day

Fold your own boat to decorate and sail.

Every Friday in August, 1pm-4pm each day

Make a fabulous bloom in tissue paper and a bug badge to match.

Create a silhouette photograph without a camera. Back by popular demand.


Colour pattern Experiments

Sat 12 and Sun 13 September

Wed 19 August and Thurs 20 August, 1pm-4pm each day

Experiment with new patterns using colour mixing with paints, inks, pastels, felt tips and everything else on offer.


Come and see us at Artsfest in Birmingham city centre, we’re part of the celebrations all weekend. We will be in the Heart of England Galleries marquee.

Dod Proctor (1892-1972), The Quiet Hour, 1935. Oil on canvas The New Art Gallery Walsall Permanent Collection


Free Adult Events and Workshops

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Adult Taster Sessions

Monday 29 June — Sunday 5 July 2009 Walsall College HND Fine Art students present final major art works exploring systems of cause and effect, power hierarchies, the notions of choice and celebrity, preservation and decay. All the art works in the exhibition invite responses from the viewer on the purpose and function of art.

Why not treat yourself and take some time out with our relaxing free taster sessions. There is no need to book just come along on the day.

We ♥ Words

Saturday 27 June, 12pm – 4pm

Be inspired by our beautiful flowers exhibition and join Julie Jones to create some poems, stories or a few words about the artworks.

Preview Tuesday 30 June 2009, 6pm – 8pm Free. Friends, family & colleagues welcome.

Flower Arranging

Artist Teacher Scheme exhibition

Art Speaking Talks Audio described

Sat 1 and Sun 2 August 2009 An exhibition by art teachers who are also artists who have come together as a group to support each other. This exhibition shows work in progress and the artists will be available throughout the exhibition to meet and chat with visitors.

Sunday 2 August, 12pm-2pm

Meet our friendly florists and receive handy tips and guidance to create your own arrangement.

Dod Proctor’s The Quiet Hour

Thursday 9 July, 1pm-1.30pm

Join curator Jo Digger for a talk and Julie Jones for an audio description of Dod Proctor’s, The Quiet Hour, a serene and atmospheric painting characteristic of the artist’s style.

Art Library & Archive Interested in art and want to find out more? Visit our Art Library, a free resource open to everyone with free internet access, books on artists, exhibition catalogues, art education resources, journals and magazines about contemporary art, museums and education. With members of staff to help you, whether it’s a one-off enquiry about a specific artwork in the gallery or help with homework, drop in to find out more.

Artist of the Month display

July – Robert Delaunay August – Jacob Epstein September - Echolalia

Artists’ Books: Walsall College

Each year students at Walsall College create imaginative artworks which explore the possibilities of the book as art form. A selection of this year’s work will be on show in the Mezzanine and Art Library display cases throughout July and August.

Free Regular Events

Baby Palace

Fri 17 July and 25 September

Discover what all the mums and dads are talking about! Spend some relaxed time with your baby in a multi sensory session for under 2’s and their carers. Book your free place by calling 01922 654400. In conjunction with Makaton we are hosting a series of Makaton signing for babies. For more information please contact Sam Aplin on

Art Cart

The Art Cart comes out every weekend to help you explore our collections. It has different activities and moves somewhere new in the gallery every month.

Frisky Bags

These are rucksacks stuffed full of activities to help you explore the gallery and its collections. Ask to borrow one from reception and explore as a family. Great for family groups with 6-12 year olds.

Design by Stereographic

Exhibitions Coming Soon

The House of Fairy Tales

30 October 2009 — 16 October 2010

Ola Kolehmainen A Building is not a Building 13 November 2009 — 24 January 2010

Simon Engish, Sugar Plum Fairy, 2008. Etching, House of Fairy Tales Print Portfolio

Ola Kolehmainen, Voluptuous, 2008. Analogue C-print, Diasec. Cottbus / Herzog de Meuron 2005

Brand New Website Visit this summer and explore our brand new website with exhibition information, interviews with artists, teaching resources and maps. Search the collections, see our latest acquisitions and find out about all the facilities at the gallery. Read all about our current and forthcoming exhibitions and events and download exhibition guides and teacher notes. Make sure you are in the loop and join our e-bulletin list to keep in touch…

Disclaimer: every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this edition of What’s On, which was correct at the time of publication. Walsall Council cannot be held responsible for any changes.

Opening times

Monday – Saturday & Bank Holidays 10am-5pm / Sunday 11am-4pm Library: 10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday


Find the perfect gift for you or a friend in our specialist art shop; exhibition catalogues, art books, postcards, notebooks, jewellery and much more.


Open 8.30am-5.30pm Monday – Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sundays.

Mailing List

Sign up to our free e-bulletin and receive regular preview invitations, monthly newsletters and events information.

Facilities Hire

The New Art Gallery Walsall Gallery Square Walsall WS2 8LG

The gallery is available for corporate events and meetings, email us on to book your event and make the most of our unique venue.

Talks & Tours

01922 654400 Textphone: 0845 1112910

Bring a group and book for a guided tour of the Garman Ryan Collection, visit our website for more information.


For a full schools and colleges programme visit our website or contact 01922 654400.

Access guides and alternative versions of all printed materials are available on request. For more information please contact Ioannis Ioannou on 01922 654404 or email

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