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The New Art Gallery Walsall

February to May 2013

“OH WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ME?” (Performance still) Performance/mixed media 2012. © Dean Kelland.

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Cover Image ~Polly Morgan, Harbour 2012 (detail), taxidermy, rubber and mixed media, Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Tessa Angus

Artists' Studio Dean Kelland: Living Room Series Episodes 1-3 Until 20 April 2013

What’s On February — May 2013

Dean Kelland uses performance, photography, film and period materials to explore representations of class and masculinity in British situation comedy. His residency will explore the idea of the sitcom as a social mirror in relation to three situation comedies of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s: Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe & Son, and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?


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Episode 1: ‘The Man Who Never Was’ (14 January – 9 February) Episode 2: ‘The Desperate Hours’ (11 February – 16 March) Episode 3: ‘OH WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ME?’ (18 March – 20 April)

Each residency period will culminate in a live studio performance: Saturday 9 February, 2pm Live performance/interview ‘Tony Hancock’ Saturday 16 March, 3.30pm Live performance/tea-drinking ‘Harold Steptoe’ Saturday 20 April, 2pm Live performance ‘Bob Ferris and Terry Collier’ Studio performances are free, all welcome.

Artist Development The New Art Gallery, in collaboration with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering a range of professional and creative development opportunities for artists based in the region. For the latest information, please visit

Jochem Hendricks 18 January — 7 April 2013 Floor 3 Jochem Hendricks’ works are playful, challenging and provocative. They are often highly engaging on an aesthetic level, yet beneath the surface lie elaborate back-stories which frequently test the boundaries of ethics and morality. Artists have traditionally been masters of artifice and illusion and exactly how Hendricks engages with this tradition is open to interpretation. Like many conceptual artists, he encourages us to challenge the ways in which we view the world. Hendricks works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, film, installation and more recently, painting. This exhibition offers an opportunity to view his artistic development from the late 1980s until the present day. This project is organised in collaboration with John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland. A fully illustrated catalogue, published by Distanz Verlag, is available from the gallery shop at a special exhibition price of £25. Jochem Hendricks, Pack, 2003-6, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Wolfgang Guenzel

In Conversation Saturday 16 March, 2pm Join artist Jochem Hendricks for an informal tour of the exhibition. Book your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400.

Jochem Hendricks, , Intercontinental Paintings, Sunset 1-3, 2010-12, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Martin Uri

Jochem Hendricks, Luxus Avatar, 2009 – ongoing, Image courtesy of the artist. Photo Wolfgang Guenzel.

Jochem Hendricks, Concetto 18.6mm, 2008, brass and 3 bullet casings. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Martin Uri

The Nature of the Beast Mat Collishaw, Mark Fairnington, Tessa Farmer, Polly Morgan, Olly & Suzi, Patricia Piccinini

Humankind has long been fascinated by animals, who in turn, have been subjected to research, collection, categorisation, documentation, display and experimentation. Each of the artists within the exhibition creates works which involve an intensive scrutiny of animals and nature as well as a critical engagement with the ways in which we have attempted to understand and control the natural world. Both Tessa Farmer and Polly Morgan will be creating brand new works for the exhibition.

Fiona Rae, Grotto, 2005. Oil, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 152.4 x 127 cm © Fiona Rae, Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Tessa Farmer, Nymphidia (detail), 2011, insects, plant roots. Photo: the artist. Courtesy Danielle Arnaud, London.

Our creatures 26 April — 30 June 2013 Floor 3 As part of this project, artist Mark Fairnington has curated an historic exhibition which focuses on portraits of animals. Images and objects are brought together that depict in particular the domestic and local relationships between people and animals and show how these could be pragmatic, eccentric, brutal and loving.

Mark Fairnington, Doncombe Aga Khan, 2011. oil on canvas. Photo: Peter White Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition will bring together a diverse range of contemporary artists, who through their work, confront and challenge our attitudes towards the natural world, and in particular, the animal kingdom.

Mat Collishaw, Insecticide 35, 2011. c-type photo on Dibond. Courtesy the artist and Blain Southern, London

26 April — 30 June 2013 Floor 3

David Batchelor, I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me, 5, 2001, found objects, acrylic sheet, enamel paint. © the artist. Courtesy the Arts Council Collection.

Damien Hirst Until 27 October 2013 Floors 1 & 2 The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present an extended display of works by one of the most exciting, challenging and influential artists of our time, Damien Hirst. The exhibition is presented as part of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour and takes place across the Garman Ryan Galleries. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view key works by Hirst and to consider some of the themes of his work, such as life, death, faith and belief, in connection with a wide range of works from The Garman Ryan Collection. This ground-breaking display is accompanied by an ongoing series of inspired satellite exhibitions, events and activities, with a full programme of learning for everyone. See the Events section for details or visit us online at Damien Hirst, Away from the Flock, 1994 Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic, lamb and formaldehyde solution 960 x 1490 x 510 mm. Edition 3 of 3. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008. Photograph © Tate, London 2012© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

In Conversation Saturday 2 March, 2pm Zoë Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator, will talk about the unusual presentation of Damien Hirst’s work as part of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour and how the exhibition gives insights into some of the artist’s most iconic artworks. Book your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400. Damien Hirst, With Dead Head, 1991 Photographic print on aluminium. 22.5 x 30 in (571.5 x 762 mm). Edition of 15. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008. Photographed by André Morin-Le-Jeune © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Damien Hirst, The Pharmacist’s Creed, 1997-8. Lightbox with two sheets of laminated glass in painted metal frame. 2700 x 1613 x 100 mm. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony d’Offay 2010. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Ltd © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

“This project has been brilliant/inspiring and allows the creativity to really flow into something productive.” “It is interesting to find yourself at the heart of such an amazing project. It has been a unique experience, a journey, an exploration into very human experiences that we all have come across in our lives.”

Phil Brooks, 64° North, Blue Lagoon, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist

Vidya Gastaldon, Etre Assis, 2006. Image courtesy of the artist

“I have always enjoyed going to art galleries and always wondered what goes on behind the scenes, so it has been great to find out. And even better to curate our own show.”

25 January — 28 April 2013 Floor 4 Students from Walsall College have come together to co-curate Let go of certainty, an exhibition inspired by some of the universal themes in Damien Hirst’s work, such as death, destruction, belief and rebirth. This powerful display features contemporary works drawn from the Gallery’s collections by Vidya Gastaldon, Phil Brooks, Christopher Le Brun, Dorothy Cross, Christian Marclay, Andrew Tift, Tom Ormond and Ron Mueck, among others. Curators: Daisy Craven, Seliesha Chahal, Katherine Blower, Amelia Rochelle-Bates, Sophie Evans, Gemma Ford, Frances Hawkes, Dagmara Milosz, Gursharen Kaur Nagra, Rebecca Hotchkiss, Robert Andrews

David Thorpe, Crash, 1998. Image courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Let go of uncertainty Walsall College Student Project

The Garman Ryan Collection Jacob Epstein and Damien Hirst Birth, Death and Religion Jacob Epstein and his work are central to the Garman Ryan Collection. During 2013 the collection acts as host for Damien Hirst’s work enabling visitors to view both artist’s work together.

The Epstein Mysteries App The New Art Gallery Walsall launches 'The Epstein Mysteries'. A fun way to explore some of the amazing stories about the Garman Ryan Collection and to discover more about the artists, the art works and the extraordinary people connected with them.

Jacob Epstein, Son God, pencil and watercolour. On loan from private collection

Spanning the two ends of the 20th century, these two great artists share many similarities. Both artists were and still are regarded as extreme innovators who shocked and scandalised both the art world and the general public with their artworks, challenging the attitudes and social conventions of their day. Though Jacob Epstein died in 1959 –six years before Damien Hirst was born– they both deal with the universal themes of life, birth, death and religion which have been the subject matter of artists for many centuries. The work they both produce around these interrelated concerns highlights the way that artistic practices have changed throughout the 20th century along with our social attitudes towards them. The selected works by Epstein in this exhibition drawn from Walsall’s collections highlight these themes.

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Play as you explore The Garman Ryan Collection Uncover who shot Jacob Epstein's lover Kathleen Garman Listen to testimony from 9 different suspects Based on real events and real characters from the 1920's This shocking story is suitable for ages 9+

Play The Epstein Mysteries in the Gallery or at home today Available from the iPhone App Store & Google Play This game is a work of fiction based on real events and real people in the life of Jacob Epstein

Bob and Roberta Smith’s Epstein Archive Gallery Jacob Epstein, Messenger for the creation c.1932, pencil and watercolour. On loan from private collection

In Conversation Saturday 23 February 2pm Jo Digger, Head of Collections, will talk about the life and work of Jacob Epstein and its relationship to the themes within Damien Hirst’s work. Free Talks introducing the Garman Ryan Collection take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 1pm.

Bob and Roberta Smith’s Epstein Archive Gallery was created after a 2 year residency with contemporary artists Bob and Roberta Smith. Working in collaboration with Archive Curator Neil Lebeter, they rifled through the letters, photographs and documents held in the Epstein Archive, creating new works and short films in response to what was found. Displaying contemporary art and archives side by side, Bob and Roberta Smith’s Epstein Archive Gallery showcases the extraordinary and tragic story of the Epstein-Garman family. The book of the project, How To Let An Artist Rifle Through Your Archives, is to be published in the summer.

Lunchtime Discussions Free, drop-in

Art Library & Archive The Writing Squad For Young Writers in Walsall

Saturday 2 Feb, 2 March, 6 April, 4 May. 10.30am–12pm The Art Library hosts a writing group for young people aged 8 to 12 who are interested in writing poems, plays, stories or songs! The Walsall Writing Squad will be led by professional writers and will include lots of fun writing activities and a chance to learn about being a writer. There is a total charge of £12 for the first 3 sessions or £5 per session if paid on the day. To reserve a place or for more information please contact Joanne Penn at Writing West Midlands on 0121 246 2770 or The Walsall Write On! Writing Squad is a project of Writing West Midlands in association with The New Art Gallery Walsall.

These are free informal lunchtime discussions looking at a work by Hirst and a work from the Garman Ryan Collection. Each begins at 1pm, for about 30 minutes. Everyone’s welcome.

Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Tuesday 5 February, 1pm

Meet at Trinity –Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology the three large cabinets by Hirst on floor 1.

Free Regular Family Events Baby Palace*

Art Start*

Take some time to relax in the multi sensory environment and explore smells, sights and senses with your baby at your pace. This is a great chance to meet other new parents and share your experiences.

These are sessions for pre-school children 1 year old upwards with their carers. Come along and explore an artwork in the gallery and make things together to support your child in being creative.

8 February, 15 March, 24 May Three sessions each day: 10.30-11.30am, 12-1pm, 2-3pm

Wednesdays: 6 February, 6 March , 1 May. 11am – 12noon

* £1 per child per session. Please book both events in advance on 01922 654400, limited places.

Do You Have a Light? Tuesday 5 March, 1pm

We begin on floor 2, by the ashtray image by Hirst called Home Sweet Home, to get you thinking about No Smoking Day on 13th March.

Out of the Chrysalis Tuesday 2 April, 1pm

Meet by the butterflies artwork on floor 2, Monument to the Living and the Dead. This discussion will also be audio described.

The Paintings on the Wall

Art Cart

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

Frisky Bags

These are rucksacks stuffed full of activities to help you explore around the gallery together as a family. Ask to borrow one for free from reception. Great for children 6-12 year olds.

Tuesday 2 May, 1pm Meet at the golden wallpaper on floor 2.

The gallery has lift access to all floors and is buggy friendly, breastfeeding friendly and has babychange facilities on the ground floor.

Drop in with the family anytime, open all day.

Tuesday Tots Each Tuesday during school holidays is Tots Tuesdays, for toddlers up to 4 years old with their carer. Its only £1 per child, to come and join in. Workshops run 11am12pm. Please book in advance on 01922 654 400 and collect a workshop ticket from reception when you’ve paid.

DiSCO is a safe place 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.

Tots’ dogs

Come to one of our organised family workshops, some are free, some drop in, some to book and pay. Check the text for the workshop of your choice.

Feeling creative? Make your own dog from a sock. Here boy, here girl.

Tues 19 February

Tots’ Felt pictures Tues 2 April

Come and make a picture with some felt fabric.

Tots’ bodies

Tots’ Animals

Tues 9 April

Tues 28 May

Make a collage of your head and hands to learn about your five senses.

Come and make your own pom pom animal

Wednesday Workshops for all Each Wednesday in school holidays there are workshops that everyone can join in together. Free, drop-in subject to space. All workshops run 1-3pm.

It's a Dog’s Life

Felt balls

This is your chance to collage your own best friend. What’s your favourite dog? A spaniel, a sausage dog or a terrier?

Make your own felt ball, roll it, roll it and roll it some more to make your own felt ball.

Weds 20 February

Family Sundays Drop In The first Sunday each month is family Sunday. There is a drop in workshop, only £1 per child, with carer, to come and join in. Buy your workshop ticket at the reception desk on the day. Workshops run 1-3pm. These are for all ages, everyone is welcome.

Your Paintings Sunday 3 Feb

As part of the Partnership between BBC and The Public Catalogue Foundation, Your Paintings celebrates the oil paintings we have in the UK. We are inviting you to come along and paint a picture for yourself. There’s loads of inspiration in the gallery and on line at

Wallpaper Day Sun 3 March

Have you seen the wallpaper by Hirst? Come along and design your own paper to take home as a card.

Butterly Flowers 7 April, 5 May, 2 June

Come and plant your own wild flower seeds ready to attract the butterflies in the summer and make a beautiful butterfly plant label. Sign up on the day for a butterfly hunt walk along the canal.

Weds 3 April

Body Collage

Giant Animal Drawings

Make a collage about your own body parts.

Can you draw animals? Come and have a go to make giant drawing of some animals in the gallery.

Weds 10 April

Weds 29 May

Friday Fun Every Friday in school holidays are workshops for families with children 4 years and older, who want to be creative together. Its only £2 per child per session to come and join in. Workshops run twice each day, 11-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm. Please book in advance on 01922 654 400 and collect a ticket from reception when you’ve paid.

Every Dog Must Have It’s Day Friday 22 Feb

This is your chance to build your very own dog. Make him as big or as small as you like, and don’t forget his collar and laminated tag too.

Learn to Felt a Sheep

Body Beautiful

Textile Creatures

Learn about how wool is processed, how to felt some fleece and make a picture of a sheep from real sheep’s wool.

Learn how to make a registered 4 colour relief print, using the Hirst exhibition for inspiration.

Learn some textile techniques and make a weird and wonderful textile creatures.

Friday 5 April

Friday 12 April

Friday 31 May


Adult workshops

Adult Talks

Events for Everyone

Life Casting

Understanding Art Part I Bodies: Inside and Out


Thursday 7 February, 2–3pm - New Art Gallery Walsall Thursday 14 February, 2–3pm - The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Thursday 21 February, 2–3pm - Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Saturday 9 February, 12-4pm FREE, Drop In

Saturday 2 March, 11am–4pm £20 including materials. Inspired by the themes in Hirst works on display, in this workshop we will produce a hand cast and a life mask. Making impressions in alginate and casting in plaster, we will also look at a range of other mould making and casting materials including clay, latex, silicone, various types of plasters and resins. The session will cover all the basic elements of life casting, so is accessible to everyone from complete beginners to students and practising artists. Please book in advance on 01922 654400, limited places.

Knit Club

Saturday 23 February, 23 March, 27 April, 25 May. 2-4pm each day FREE, Drop In You’ve been inspired by all the things you can do with wool, now come and hone your skills with our supportive free knit club. Meet at the sheep on floor 1.

£15 (£12 concessions) for all 3 sessions To book go to:

This new 3-part course explores the links between contemporary art and historical art from the Renaissance right through to Modernism. The first session discusses the controversial work of Damien Hirst, where Hirst’s Trinity –Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology is on show at The New Art Gallery Walsall. The second session explores representations of gender and sexuality in works from the Barber’s collection challenging our ideas about femininity and masculinity. Finally, in session three you will visit Ikon to examine the finely detailed drawings of John Flaxman in the exhibition Line to Contour, whose practise involved intense academic study of the human form. Look out for Understanding Art Part II in June and Understanding Art Part III in November. For more details visit:

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Saturday 9th March, 10am–3pm FREE, Drop In

How’s your heart? Would you like to make a new one? Would you like one as fresh as the models in the Hirst exhibition? Come and meet the Lifestyle Services team from Walsall Healthcare and get your heart rate checked out. Find out what you can do to make your workplace healthier, and could you make your own life healthier? Make a heart for display at the gallery with us and make a Valentine’s card to give your heart away. Being in the gallery environment is good to reduce your stress levels, chat with the well being team to find out more about this. Its spring and it’s time to spring clean your system starting with looking after you heart.

Walsall Annual Peregrine Watch is on at the gallery. Up on floor 4 you can watch and record the movements of the peregrines nesting. Pick up more information downstairs for the bird fair too. #WS1Perries

Dead Day

Learn, have fun and celebrate the traditions and history of Sikh culture through a packed afternoon of interactive activities. Vaisakhi celebrates the birth of the Sikh nation which formed in 1699 and also celebrates the harvest in the PunJab in Northern India. Entertainment will include: Gidha Dance and Bhangra performed with live music by the best local and regional dancers and musicians. There will also be arts workshops, photography exhibition and displays. Join us for this free family day of arts and culture.

Saturday 23 February, from 12 noon FREE, Drop In What does being dead feel like? Inspired by the Hirst exhibition, our new young people's group, A Colourful Crowd, are leading a lighthearted day exploring ideas about death. There might well be skeletons, making workshops and ghost walks to join in with, not to mention ghoulish but yummy cakes! Come along and find out more. @acolourfulcrowd Hashtag: #deadday

A free drop-in event with Black Country Biodiversity Group, Walsall’s Countryside Rangers, West Midlands Bird Club and local RSPB.

April Vaisakhi

Saturday 20 April, 12–4pm FREE, Drop In

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

Talks and Tours

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.

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