Get creative, get made up, get dancing, get involved and eat cake for #DeadDay.
So, #DeadDay is almost here … this is what’s happening on the day.
Join us on Saturday 23rd February at New Art Gallery Walsall from 12pm.
We promise you a full afternoon of FREE, yes FREE activities.
Join us at New Art Gallery from 12pm for a day of fun activities for all ages!
1. Street dancing with RhythmJunkiez
The showpiece of #deadday. Fancy An afternoon of #deadday themed dancing with World Street Dance Qualifiers? Rhythm Junkiez will work with you to create a vibrant and exciting dance piece for zombies of all ages and abilities.
If you want to learn a routine with professionals and then perform it, then come along from 12pm.
All ages and abilities (including no ability at all) welcome. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve.
2. #DeadDay Exclusive Walking Tour of Walsall
An exclusive walking tour of Walsall with Ian Braisby of IAB Tours and Midlands Discovery Tours. Explore the rich and varied history of Walsall – fascinating stories, anecdotes and trivia about the town and plenty of stories about the dark side of Walsall’s history. You’ll never think of the town in the same way again.
Leaving from New Art Gallery, Walsall at 12.30pm and 2.30pm and last 75-90 mins. Returning to New Art Gallery, Walsall.
How to book? Book on day. Our young people will be on hand to book you on in the Gallery foyer.
3. Cupcake making sessions courtesy of Cupkakery
Let Walsall Eat Cake! We firmly believe pleasure comes in many forms on #DeadDay! Courtesy of the most excellent Cupkakery, we invite you to make devilishly fun cakes in our exclusive and FREE cupcake making sessions for you all to try your hand at! Sessions start at 1pm, and run on the hour.
How to book? Please book for these sessions on the day! Find one of our young people and we will book you on.
4. Facepainting courtesy of Debs from Midlands Face Painting
We are delighted to welcome Debra from Midlands Face Painting who will be on hand to paint faces of all ages for FREE – and in a manner and style appropriate for #DeadDay!
When and how? Facepainting runs all afternoon from 12pm. Debs will be in a very public place. Form an orderly queue and we will ensure you will be made up!
5. T-shirt printing courtesy of the young people from @acolourfulcrowd
Our young people are running exclusive free t-shirt printing – get hands on and create your own t-shirt from a number of designs.
6. Badge making
We will have a badge making machine for everyone to make + create their own exclusive #DeadDay badge. We will be on hand to show you how.
7. Woolly’s Competition
Walsall’s resident rock and roll sheep Woolly is running an exclusive competition. Guess what his mate (and distant relative), the lamb in formaldehyde (you call him Away From the Flock) wants you to guess what he’s thinking. More info.
8. ….. + last but not least a FREE cupcake courtesy of Cupkakery (first come first served) in exchange for your input!
That’s a deadly flavour of the things happening on #deadday.
We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this Saturday from 12pm!
For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: email@example.com.
For more info on #DeadDay and A Colourful Crowd: www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; hashtags: #deadday #walsall
So, if having your facepainted, making and eating cake, going on fact-filled walks and dancing your socks off isn’t enough …. we’re not finished there!!
We will also be making badges and running t-shirt painting sessions, all of course appropriately themed for the day!
Tomorrow, we are honoured to have a guest blog from Woolly!
Yes, indeed our legendary handknitted rock star sheep has been plotting behind the scenes with the Crowd and has conjured up a fantastic Hirst-inspired competition!!
Stay tuned!! :)
For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info on #DeadDay, www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; hashtags: #deadday #walsall
….. Yet more on #DeadDay tomorrow!
The countdown to #deadday on February 23rd begins. In the run up to the big day, we will be introducing each of the activities taking place on the day, starting with ….
The #DeadDay Walking Tour of Walsall
We are delighted to welcome Ian Braisby, professional Blue Badge tourist guide from Midlands Discovery Tours and Birmingham Ghost Walks to explore the rich and varied history of Walsall.
As Ian explains, “Our walking tour will be packed with fascinating stories, anecdotes and trivia about the town, its people and some of the events that Walsall has witnessed over the centuries. We will cover everything from famous local people, to the trades that made the area famous, to world-renowned musicians.”
“And, of course, as the day is Dead Day, there will be plenty of stories about the darker side of Walsall’s history, including murder, executions and a haunting or two for good measure. You’ll never think of the town in the same way again!”
The walking tour will leave from New Art Gallery Walsall on #Deadday, Saturday February 23rd 2013, and will run twice on #DeadDay and, like all of our activities on #deadday will be available exclusively FREE.
Times/How to book? You will be able to book onto the walking tour on the day of the event. More info on times to follow.
For any queries, please contact Catherine Smeaton – email@example.com.
For more information on Midlands Discovery Tours: website; facebook: click here; twitter: @MidsDiscovery.
Follow A Colourful Crowd: www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk, facebook: click here; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd
Another #deadday activity to be revealed tomorrow! Stay tuned.
The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to announce that Birmingham-based artist Pak-Keung Wan has been selected for a 6-week practical studio residency (12 November-22 December 2012), which is being offered in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands.
Wan will use the residency to develop Lune, an ongoing series of painstaking pencil drawings inspired by a NASA publication detailing all 11,898 solar eclipses over a 5000 year period. Time will be given over to animating these drawings through daily projections onto the walls and surfaces of the studio and via static electronic screens within the space.
The selected artist articulated a clear and original vision for the residency, which will see the studio collapsed into a site for production, presentation and discourse around the work and the NASA material at its source.
Sorrow (1882) by Vincent van Gogh. The Garman Ryan Collection, The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Sorrow, the Vincent van Gogh drawing in our Garman Ryan Collection, is currently out on loan to this huge new exhibition Becoming Van Gogh at Denver Art Museum, USA.
We have the brilliant catalogue here in our Art Library if you want to find out more.
Sorrow will be back on display in our gallery in February 2013.
Event: Woolly Day
Date: Sat 20 October
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Hashtags: #woollyday #woolweek #hirstatwalsall
Taking place at the end of National Wool Week
, Woolly Day is a special day for young people and kid-minded adults to take place in a range of crafts and wool related activities. On the day, young people will be introduced to samples of clean wool and a number of techniques including:
- How to prepare and spin wool
- How to use a spindle
- How to weave… Weaving on a simple loom
There will be opportunities to showcase to young people, in particular, the relationship between a jumper and a sheep, as well as a direct link to Hirst in terms of the portrayal of a sheep.
- Woolly is a sheep (his head being made below) which will be making his debut on Woolly Day. You can knit a red and white scarf.
- Where’s Woolly? Woolly will be going on tour across the borough at various locations such as shop windows.
About The Walsall Handspinners group
Going for 25 years, The Walsall Handspinners Group meeting every Friday evening in Aldridge to partake in a number of Handspinning activities.
The group is made up of 30 members, aged 16-90 years old, made up mostly women. The skills of these women are extensive:
- Spinning yarn
Not only is this a relaxing hobby, they are keeping these crafts alive. As part of what they do, they teach, demonstrate and spread the word about the hobby.
Zoe Renilson, Head of Education at New Art Gallery, Walsall, approached them with the idea of putting on a fibre related activity and that’s how Woolly Day came about.
So, be sure to be in Walsall on Saturday 20th October and go to New Art Gallery and learn all about where you clothes come from and play your part in creating Woolly!
Butterflies are a recurring motif in Hirst’s work, as a metaphor for our own fragile existence and as a symbol
of the life cycle. In this diptych the butterflies are seemingly alive, fluttering across the picture. The insects are adhered to the canvas using modern household gloss –a delicate combination of natural beauty and artifi ce. Hirst deliberately painted the edges of the wings to suggest the idea of the butterflies wrestling with the wet surface of the paint before fi nally becoming trapped within it. Butterfl ies are traditional symbols of the soul. Hirst has created a kind of memorial to the living and the dead, so that prayers can be said for their souls. The fleeting lifespan of the butterfl y reminds us of the fragility of life, while the day-time (white canvas) and night-time (black canvas) pairing of the pictures emphasises the inescapable closeness of life to death.
Butterflies and household gloss on canvas
Household gloss on canvas Hirst created his fi rst spot painting by hand but he soon took up a more methodical approach to painting, making each spot a uniform size and arranging them within a precise grid structure. Here the spots are accompanied by letters and numbers, which seem to dissect the painting into cells. The alphabet ascends vertically, an organising format used in the periodic table where chemical elements with a related atomic structure appear in vertical columns. Hirst’s labelling of the spots also recalls the system used by laboratory scientists to organise specimens. All of the paintings in the ‘spot’ series are titled after the names of drugs. Hirst selected them from a book listing pharmaceuticals, which he read from cover to cover.
Hirst was just sixteen when this picture was taken –ten years before he enlarged the image and made it into an artwork. He is shown literally face to face with death, posing next to one of the specimens in the anatomy department at Leeds University where he often went to make anatomical drawings as a student. Hirst was already amassing a collection of books on pathology (the scientific study of diseases) and beginning to think about the relationship between life and death –a theme that would become central to his work. With Dead Head is an important precursor to Hirst’s tiger shark in formaldehyde (The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991), the work that made the artist a household name. By addressing death, Hirst intended to ‘make art that was more real’.
Photographic print on aluminium
Trinity draws parallels between science and religion as different systems of belief. In Hirst’s trio of cabinets, plastic demonstration objects and teaching aids sourced from medical supply catalogues are neatly arranged on shelves. These focus on the three types of scientific study into the human body: pharmacology (the preparation, uses and eff ects of drugs); physiology (the branch of biology dealing with the functions and activities of living organisms, including all physical and chemical processes); and pathology (the study of the origin, nature and development of diseases). For Hirst, these branches of science have come to govern our everyday lives: science is perceived to off er the same protection from death as eternal life in Christianity and is now a surrogate religion for many. Hirst’s use of the triptych form is akin to religious altar paintings where the largest middle panel is usually fl anked by two smaller works. The name ‘trinity’ itself also
holds signifi cant meaning in Christian doctrine, referencing the union of three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in one Godhead; three becoming one.
Glass, faced particleboard, wood, steel and anatomical models