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13/02/2004 to 18/04/2004
Featuring work from The Tate Collection, by artists whose practice involves observing or meeting strangers.
13/02/2004 to 18/04/2004
An Exhibition featuring major contemporary artists from The Arts Council Collection.
Kitty Garman and Co.
13th Feb - 5th Sept 04
13 February to 5 September 2004
The highly charged atmosphere of these meticulously posed paintings and prints reveal an intense relationship between Lucian Freud and his wife Kitty Garman, the daughter of sculptor Jacob Epstein. These early portraits of Kitty from 1947 to 1951 are shown next to his self portrait of that period and are a document of a relationship as well as being meticulously executed realist works produced at a time when abstraction was more fashionable and acceptable. Their marriage lasted for six years with two children; the Garman Ryan Collection also contains many more portraits of the family....
23 March - 4 July
Recent artwork by Gavin Turk, Yoshihiro Suda and Rose Finn-Kelcey are shown amongst the Garman Ryan Collection, offering new ways of looking at the themes of still life and work and leisure. The works blend with the design and architecture of The New Art Gallery enhancing the visitor's experience of the works by showing them in new and interesting ways and making connections between old and new art. These works have been purchased through the Contemporary Arts Society Special Collections Scheme with funds from the Arts Council lottery fund.
14 May - 11 July
Curated by Michael Petry
This unique exhibition will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, video and installations from artists and public and private collections in Britain and abroad. Major works are included by Francis Bacon, Per Barclay, Cecil Beaton, Bruce of LA, Jean Cocteau, Gilbert & George, Duncan Grant, Sunil Gypta, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, John Minton, Pavel Tchelitchev, Wolfgang Tillmans, Henry Scott Tuke, Keith Vaughan, Andy Warhol and David Wojnarawicz, as well as newly commissioned site specific works by Barrett & Forster, John Lindell and Bryan Mulvihil.
This is the first survey show of its kind to focus upon the work of same gender lovers, exploring their hidden histories through portraits, identifying key network of artists and exploring dialogues between artists over the twentieth century until the present day.
30th July - 12th Sept 04
This exhibition, a collaboration with Creative Partnerships in the Black Country, will bring together projects where young people will work with artists, architects, writers and others to explore their aspirations for the future of the Black Country and the issues pertinent to realising these ambitions.
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Draw In/Draw Out Dryden Goodwin
30th July - 12th Sept 04
Draw In/Draw Out By Dryden Goodwin
This major solo exhibition highlights the artist's preoccupations with urban and natural landscapes and with human perception and interaction. Encompassing large-scale video and sound installation, photography, drawing and film, it gives a first UK staging to a number of newly-completed works.
The centrepiece is Goodwin's panoramic video and sound installation, Dilate (2003). Pulsing across a 'wraparound' membrane of eight encircling projection screens, Dilate expands and contracts our perceptual horizons to heighten our awareness of physical and psychological space
The Epstein Collection
One of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, private collections of African art ever formed. Collecting can be as great a passion and as powerful a creative process as making art. For sculptor Jacob Epstein this seems to have been the case. By the time of his death in 1959 he had amassed over 1000 items from a wide range of cultures and from many periods. In particular his collection contained over 500 works of art from Africa including many pieces now regarded as masterpiecesCollecting can be as great a passion and as powerful a creative process as making art. For sculptor Jacob Epstein this seems to have been the case. By the time of his death in 1959 he had amassed over 1000 items from a wide range of cultures and from many periods. In particular his collection contained over 500 works of art from Africa including many pieces now regarded as masterpieces
Jacob Epstein was not only a challenging artist but also a passionate collector of some of the most famous and widely illustrated works of African and Pacific sculpture ever to reach Europe.
After his death the collection was split up and sold to many different private collectors and to some public collections including the British Museum. The Garman Ryan Collection, created by Kathleen Epstein, contains a few items from the Epstein collection including the Egyptian 'Mask of Nefertiti' and a Maori 'Hei-Tiki'.
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Featuring the work of visionaries as diverse as Inigo Jones, Joseph Paxton, John Soane, Edwin Lutyens, Buckminster Fuller, Zaha Hadid and Foreign Office Architects, the exhibition includes a wealth of historical and contemporary drawings alongside models, collage, computer modelling and extracts from films.
While many of these ideas were intended to enthuse and convince clients about real architectural schemes, some were private fantasies, exploring how the world might have looked today had the tastes of our predecessors been different. The exhibition includes works by Robert Adam, Archigram, Sir Charles Barry, Etienne-Louis Boullee, Sir William Chambers, Foster & Partners, Future Systems, Erno Goldfinger, Eric Mendelsohn, John Nash, Softroom, Paolo Soleri and Tecton.See image library,please click here
Spiritual City - Walsall
Local Muslim artists display diverse works of photography, calligraphy,
graffiti, print and textile work. Leading artists include Farouq Molloy, Modasar Rasul, Salma Ravat and Mohammad Ali. For further information please visit the exhibition web site at
Capture will bring together three installations which have resulted from collaborations between moving image makers and dancers/choreographers.
by Gina Czarnecki and Iona Kewney is a haunting video installation about the nature of the physical body in the context of future technological possibilities, seen through dance and digitally manipulated imagery.
Men in the Wall
by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie is a four screen, 3-dimensional stereoscopic installation. Each life-size 3D 'frame' is inhabited by a man whose world is tightly choreographed and scripted. Viewers can experience the men's shared, framed lives in a public quartet of private differences; walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.
by Sophia Lycouris and Konstantinos Papakostas is a videodance sculpture which explores views of London from the perspective of the dancer's body while the dancer performs choreographed material created especially for these sites.
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WALSALL SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
This exhibition will provide works in a range of media including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by Walsall artists. Demonstrations will take place every weekend and you can also take the opportunity to buy a unique Christmas gift!
MODIGLIANI and EPSTEIN
Modigliani and Epstein - The Pillars of Tenderness
The Garman Ryan Collection contains a beautiful Caryatid drawing by Amedeo Modigliani which he gave to Jacob Epstein when they were friends in Paris together in 1912. Their intention was to set up a studio together and they dreamed of creating a Temple of Beauty, a vast temple dedicated to all mankind and held aloft by a series of stone caryatids which Modigliani named 'The Pillars of Tenderness'. This sublime vision can be seen through these sculptures, paintings and drawings produced at the time.
Jim Bird was born in Bloxwich and grew up in Walsall, eventually leaving to pursue a colourful career as an artist abroad. Whilst living in New York, he exhibited with artists such as Robert Motherwell and Kenneth Noland. He now lives in Majorca which has been his home for many years and where he is a much loved and celebrated painter. This major exhibition will bring together recent paintings and works on paper together with a selection of key works produced since the late 1980s. The exhibition offers an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a Walsall-born artist and to re-evaluate his work in the context of modern and contemporary painting.
Painter Hannah Maybank grew up in Walsall before studying in Liverpool and at The Royal College of Art.
Her first major Walsall exhibition brings together recent paintings and specially commissioned work.
Sex, Lies & Love?
Only recently has the grooming of children for sexual exploitation been recognised as a form of abuse. It is, however, a disturbing reality, and something we must all work together to stop.
'Sex, Lies & Love?' is a pioneering and award winning preventative programme utilising drama and the arts to raise awareness of how many young women are groomed into, and abused through, sexual exploitation.
In 2004, the project worked with many young women to raise awareness of the grooming process. The art work produced by the young women unveils the reality behind this horrific form of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, portraying the signs of grooming and the risks faced by young people manipulated into this, sometimes literal, form of imprisonment.
This multimedia exhibition is powerful and thought provoking. Hear the story of 'Krystal', a fifteen year old girl who is groomed into, prostitution by her older 'boyfriend'. See the warning signs and allow your perceptions to be informed by the truth.
No child deserves to be abused...
Please note, this exhibition is not suitable for children aged under 12.
'Sex, Lies & Love?' is a partnership between Walsall Council's Youth Offending Service, Walsall Street Teams and Walsall Youth Arts, and is a multi-agency funded project.
Krystal is a fictional character. However, her story was constructed from the real life stories of many young people who were groomed into, and abused through, sexual exploitation.
Hew Locke is well known for his architectural constructions such as Cardboard Palace and Hemmed In which draw upon Baroque, Rococo, Hindu, Islamic and colonial architecture, along with fairground art. He also creates vibrantly coloured collage sculptures, many of the Royal Family, made with materials acquired from markets and pound stores.
Hew grew up in British Guyana where he was immersed not only in British colonial culture but also in the more homegrown traditions of cumfa, the local form of voodoo.
This major exhibition will bring together some of Hew's large scale works such as Cardboard Palace and King Creole, together with his Royal Family portraits.
By Andrea Berry, Katy Connor, Sophie Hamar and Helena Gough
7 June - 31 July 2005
This work has been commissioned from four regional artists as part of an ongoing commitment to Aureole which supports new collaborative work between dancers and choreographers and artists working with the moving image.
Exploring themes of pregnancy and identity, the installation takes the form of a large scale video projection with a number of small monitors and a composed sound-scape.
Epstein and the Fertile Line
Epstein drew constantly from the human figure both as inspiration for his sculpture and for a love of the expressive medium of drawing. His models were mainly female and from many different cultural backgrounds. Both his second wife Kathleen Garman, mother of three of his children and Meum Lindsall the mother of his first child were to be his models. Fertility, sexuality and personality are all expressed in the fast flowing lines he uses in his drawings of the human form.
This major solo exhibition will bring together brand new works by the artist that typically combine his interest in sculpture and science, and which demonstrate the intellectual rigour, technical dexterity and intense sense of drama that we have come to associate with Conrad's work. The new works will draw upon quantum mechanics and musical theory, especially the science of harmonics. One of the new works will consist of five caged machines, each producing a geometric loop of light in space. "They are visual, sculptural, transcriptions of the harmonic chord sequences in music which while sounding good to us also contain true mathematical simplicity." (Conrad Shawcross)
A publication will accompany this exhibition.
Back to Black
Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary
The 1960s and 70s was a period of dramatic transformation among black communities across the world, one that pushed the successes of the civil rights movement beyond a utopian colour blindness and straight into the heart of an emphatic racial consciousness.
Back to Black - Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary presents a major survey of the Black Arts Movement in the US, Jamaica and Britain in the 1960s and 70s. Tracing its cultural impact in painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, it also focuses on the fashion, music and film that emerged over two decades.
Symbols such as the raised fist, Afro and dreadlock hairstyles, African and Caribbean inspired clothing, media images of the inhabitants of the ghetto, and icons such as Angela Davis, Mohammed Ali and Bob Marley all infiltrated the art and popular culture of the period.
The exhibition includes works by 47 artists including Ernie Barnes, Vanley Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, David Hammons, Barkley L Hendricks, Gavin Jantjes, Kapo, Faith Ringgold and Osmond Watson.
The exhibition has been curated by Dr Petrine Archer-Straw, David A Bailey and Prof Richard J Powell and was organised by Whitechapel Gallery, London in conjunction with The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry now written all over the world. Often inspired by an experience of nature or landscape these deceptively simple three line poems have traditionally consisted of five syllables on the first line, seven syllables on the second line and five
again on the third line.
"A haiku is a poem of concision, perception and awareness, pulsing with that delight of the senses that carries a conviction of one's unity with all of existence." Cor van den Heuvel, The Haiku Anthology.
Children from many different Walsall schools have written these haiku in response to their favourite artworks in the Garman Ryan Collection. The diversity and range of artworks on view in the galleries, combined with the discipline of the creation of a haiku, have provided a platform for the children's creative imagination. The poems offer a unique opportunity to see art through another person's eyes, enabling the viewer to have fresh insights into the many varied artworks in the collection.
Reuben Henry and Karin Kihlberg have turned the artists' studio into a fully operational film set in the shape of an institutional waiting room. Gallery visitors are invited to star in a series of short videos. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to take part.
The artists have produced a series of scripts exploring the workings of the human mind under the banal circumstances of waiting. As well as working with the public, Henry and Kihlberg will also use the unique architecture of The New Art Gallery Walsall as a starting point in creating a series of short films inspired by filmic representations of institutions and the buildings which house them, from the house of horror as in The Shining, the mental institution as in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, the modernist institutions of
Jacques Tati, to the international space station of Kubrik's 2001. This further look at institutionalism will spread throughout the gallery, making a cinematic portrait of the gallery and the staff through the language of film and mise-en-scene.
Walsall Society of Artists
The annual display by local amateur artists accompanied by demonstrations each weekend of the exhibition. An area for visitors to try their hand at watercolour painting has become a regular and popular feature of this exhibition.
Self Portrait UK 14-19
This exhibition has resulted from Channel 4's campaign to challenge teenagers across Britain to capture their identity - who they are, what they want to say and how they want to be seen or understood. This exhibition presents some of the most thoughtful and distinctive self portraits received, capturing the diversity and imagination that defines British teenagers today.
A number of celebrities have also contributed self portraits. These include Darcey Bussell, Evelyn Glennie, Shazia Mirza, Trevor Nelson, Lisa Rogers and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Self Portrait UK 14-19 is produced by Media 19 for Channel 4 in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London and supported by Arts Council England, North East.
A Crossroads of Cultures
Family groups from four different communities in Walsall use the diverse cultural artworks in the Garman Ryan Collection as a source of inspiration for creating art works that celebrate a festival from their own community. Assisted by lecturers from Walsall College of Arts and Technology and four very different artists, Kaldeep Kaur, Caroline Jariwala, Kafait Shah and Jane Stockley, this family learning project has produced diverse and exciting artworks which create a fusion of the many visual cultural representations
In and around
Roman - CLASSIC HEAD
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska - Eagle