Hello our friends,
On Friday 26 February at 2pm join David Shrigley for an introduction to his work. David was commissioned to create a series of drawings especially for the PARTY exhibition. His typically surreal cartoon-like drawings capture both the escapism of partying and in contrast, remind us of the reality of birthdays.
As we anticipate a high interest, the talk will take place at the new and stunning building of Walsall College (Wisemore Campus, Littleton Street West, Walsall, WS2 8ES, www.walsallcollege.ac.uk), only a 5minute walk from The New Art Gallery Walsall.
To reserve your free place please call 01922 654400.
See you all there.
One of your favourite galleries!!
The New Art Gallery celebrated its 10th Birthday last night, and there was over 1000 visitors! The Party exhibition is on and is looking (and in the case of Martin Creed’s room filled with balloons) feeling great… so I really recommend a visit.
The Unwanted Gift Shop was open for business and record numbers visited the shop since its opening, and visitors were given free edible art (black and white jelly) and left smiling with art in their bellies. Some even came with more Unwanted Gifts, which have now been added to the shop display.
There is still time for more Unwanted Items… bring them along and register them at reception. You never know… your work might be worth £££ in years to come! :)
Thank you very much for joining us last night for the PARTY preview and the 10th birthday celebrations. It was a beautiful night with a great energy and atmosphere. The best way to celebrate our birthday.
Unfortunately, that special day a ‘journalist’ from London decided to try to spoil it for us by publishing at the Independent an ill informed, lazy piece of journalism, which we strongly believe does not reflect what The New Art Gallery Walsall stands for the visual arts world in Walsall, the Midlands, in the country and internationally, our contribution to the cultural life, our work with artists, our programme of exhibitions, the significance of our collections and the ways we engage with our visitors through education and audience development.
Please click below to read the article and if you do not agree with its arguments we would be more than grateful if you could leave a comment that truly reflects your own experiences of visiting, participating and working with The New Art Gallery Walsall and its staff.
Many thanks and best wishes
The New Art Gallery Walsall
We just finished unwrapping Yang Mian’s bronze sculpture entitled “Dangerous” of Michael Jackson, part of the PARTY exhibition opening tommorow Thursday 11 February and we thought that we should share this exciting moment with you!!
Some pics from week 1 of the PARTY! exhibition installation as promised. More to follow next week…..
I am extremely excited about playing with the Ken Ardley Playboys at the Party! show next week. The Apathy Band and some of the Ken Ardley Playboys played in Pescara Italy just after we finished the window installation for the party show last week. The window installation is the largest and most involved art work we have made so far involving images and objects from the Garman Ryan Collection; see the video below. It is inspired by some very touching photo’s of Esther at a party she must have organized for Roland Joffe when he was six or seven in our version of the party at the Epstein House things have gone rather crazy and busts by Epstein have be festooned with silly string and streamers. I find the party photos very moving.
They are an insight into the personal lives of the Epstein’s. Because Kathleen does not appear in them I suspect they are her eye view of proceedings. Perhaps when people look through the portholes of the window box installation for a brief instant become Kathleen. Neil has made a wonderful job of representing our efforts so far in the Archive Gallery in the Garman Ryan Collection. He has edited the films we have made so far with ‘Pathe’ footage of Epstein. It makes for a very effective 45 minutes of film. Hales Gallery in London are interested in organizing a screening of the film. It’s always enjoyable working behind the scenes of the Gallery. Neil and I are very much involved with one aspect of the Gallery but as we were working last week I was amazed at what a cultural centre The New Art Gallery Walsall has become. During most week days the Gallery is filled with school kids. Unlike most middle aged gallery goers I don’t mind a few kids running about. When I was a student I lived in Italy. The use of museums in Italy as Educational tools is far more advanced. Because so much of what it means to be Italian resides within the museum they jam them with kids. The New Art Gallery Walsall is doing a great job of reflecting how culture is developing while showing where its roots are.
Happy Birthday. 10 years old this month.
The most watched Bob and Roberta Smith and the Epstein video so far is ‘Archiving with Bob and Roberta Smith’. With an eye-watering 500 views, this video has consistently outgunned the competition.
What does this mean for the museum and gallery community more generally? I think the answer is clear – the public want museums all over the country to destroy their collections. Perhaps their could be a competition to see which gallery can do this in the most imaginative way – fire the Tate Collection out of a cannon, submerge British Museum artefacts in liquid nitrogen and smash them with a toffee hammer, or strap the Magna Carta to the back of a wild stallion and film it careering into a swimming pool of ink.
The public have spoken.
Here are some shots from the first two exciting installations we almost finished installing as part of the PARTY! exhibition in the gallery’s 3rd and 4th floor. David Batchelor’s Disco Mecanique and Colin Loew, Rody Thomson and Sarah Lucas’ The Yard Ape. We hope you will all join us next Thursday 11 February 4pm – 9pm for a preview of the exhibition and to celebrate our 10th birthday with us. More installation pics to follow soon.
It has been a great start to the Unwanted Gift Shop with new items donated each day…
I am really enjoying having time to think and play with ideas. Lots of people have been popping into the Artist Studio and it seems that the project is capturing people’s imagination, which is great!
During this residency I am going to reveal as much of my thinking and working process as possible, highlighting processes, successes, and failures along the way both within the Artist Studio space and in these blogs.
I have set myself the creative challenge to build a “cohesive” body of work from the items… this came from an interesting conversation with a curator who said that artists that have a “cohesive” body of work are often more desired by the art market as their work can easily be marketed and sold to galleries and collectors looking to invest. As an artist who has so far ducked and dived around the “commercial” art world, and avoided being labelled as a “particular” type of artist, I felt that this challenge would set an interesting arena for me to produce work in. It also makes a direct link to the objects themselves; items from the commercial world, that have for one reason or another, lost their value in the eyes of their owners.
If you visit the Unwanted Gift Shop, you will notice the three colours, RED, BLACK and WHITE… this pallet will become more prevelant as the residency continues. The three colours have spiritual and psychological properties and they are also a homage to the history of artists going through particular colour periods and to the fashion and retail world which in this case states that “red, black and white are this seasons must have colours”.
Here are the most recent items…