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Entries in New Art Gallery Walsall (19)


Away Day: The New Art Gallery Walsall, Saturday 5 November, 2-4pm

As part of our new season of Artist and Curator Development activity, we are programming a series of Away Day visits to galleries, studios and other visual arts venues both within the region and beyond. These are designed to explore artist-led activity, to profile the work of artists within the West Midlands and other regions and to create networking opportunities. The first of our visits is to The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The visit will involve a tour of The New Art Gallery (including behind the scenes) by Head of Exhibitions, Deborah Robinson and an opportunity to meet exhibiting artists Oliver Jones (his solo exhibition Divine is on display on the 4th floor until 20 November) and Chloe Ashley, the gallery's current artist in residence. Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator Zoë Lippett will also introduce the Gallery’s Studio programme. To be followed by tea and coffee.

For more information about The New Art Gallery and its current and forthcoming programme click here.

Please meet at 2pm in the 4th floor Exhibition Gallery, Saturday 5 November.

Everyone is welcome.

To book a free place, please contact Anneka French on anneka.french@bcu.ac.uk


(Image: Chloe Ashley, Artist Studio-Work In Progress, Silver Gelatin Photographs, Exposed Photography Paper, Walnut, Leather, Pine The Building as Material, The New Art Gallery Walsall, 2016)





Land, Sea and Air


Maps have provided a potent source material for artists for many years. They provide attempts to make sense of a world that is ever in transformation; whether in terms of physical manifestations such as the erosion of land masses or the rapid expansion of cities; or through shifting or contested borders, betraying evidence of conflict, resistance, negotiation and power. Maps also serve to support a sense of identity or an engagement with a specific time and place.

Land, Sea and Air at The New Art Gallery Walsall brings together a diverse selection of international artists engaging with maps in different ways, and by extension, borders and territory. Paintings, drawings, prints, video, sculpture and installation combine to create a visually powerful and thought provoking exhibition.

Artists include Frank Bowling, Tiffany Chung, Agnes Denes, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, Tania Kovats and Cornelia Parker.

Land, Sea and Air takes place from 27 May - 4 September 2016. The opening takes place from 6-8pm on Thursday 26 May. There will also be a curator's tour on Saturday 2 July 2016.



Stephen Snoddy: Looking Out

Untitled 109, 2015, mixed media on paper mounted on blockboard, 40.1 x 32.6 cm. (c) Stephen Snoddy

From 15 January to 13 March 2016 Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels presents Looking Out, paintings by Stephen Snoddy.

Despite his busy schedule as Director of The New Art Gallery Walsall, Snoddy recently resumed his artistic activity after being inspired by finding a series of monoprints he created thirty years ago. Looking Out consists of approximately fifty paintings in acrylic, gouache, monotype, and watercolour on paper mounted on blockboard.



Mat Collishaw

Image credit: Mat Collishaw, Insecticide 24, 2008, c-type photograph, 182 x 182 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Blain l Southern.

This month two exhibitions of Mat Collishaw's work are opening in the West Midlands. Tomorrow, 'In Camera' presented by GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham opens at the Gallery, Library of Birmingham. This new work consists of an installation created around a series of 12 crime scene negatives made for Birmingham City Police Force during the 1930s and 1940s, Collishaw discovered whilst exploring the Library’s internationally renowned photography collections.

The exhibition is presented in parallel with a major survey of Collishaw’s work being shown at The New Art Gallery Walsall which opens next week. The public preview takes place from 6-8pm, Thursday 24 September 2015.



Artist Development 2015/16

Turning Point West Midlands supports creative and professional development for artists. It does this by working together with The New Art Gallery Walsall and regional artist-led spaces, groups and other partners. Together we are creating artist development opportunities across the West Midlands.

2015-16 is another busy year with many opportunities. To keep you up to date here is an outline of the projects we are working on:



Bursaries for research visits. Taking place from July 2015 - January 2016, these include Manchester International Festival and the British Art Show.

After an application process, Alberto Condotta, Andrew Gillespie and Stuart Layton have been awarded bursaries to attend the Manchester International Festival. Their reports will be available on the website in the coming month.


Studio Visits

Six respected arts professionals will visit artists across the West Midlands. More information on our studio visits programme can be found here. Details of the 2015 round will be announced soon. Autumn/Winter 2015.


Art Fair Research Trips

A delegation of artists from across the West Midlands will be selected by artist-led spaces and visual art hubs in their areas to undertake a funded research trip to Frieze Art Fair in October 2015.


Reflective Practice Sessions

These sessions intend to increase the knowledge and understanding of artists of their place within the local, regional and national visual arts ecology through advice giving, signposting, collective problem solving and networking. Autumn/Winter 2015.


Group artist residency with mac birmingham

Following two very successful residencies, another group residency is planned with mac birmingham in Spring 2016. These are designed to be short, developmental periods of activity for artists. The group residency will be offered by application.



A micro-residency has been offered to an artist at the New Art Gallery Walsall as part of New Art West Midlands. Another will be offered in late 2015 at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

On Saturday 16 May, Artist Development West Midlands and AirSpace Gallery explored models of Artists' studios though a series of case studies and discussion at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Audio and a summary of the event can be accessed here.

Talking Production

On Monday 29 June, Workshop Birmingham and Eastside Projects with the Artist Development programme explored different approaches to making, process, materials and tools at Eastside Projects. More information can be found here.

Waving not Drowning… Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands (New Art West Midlands 2016 Study Day)

In association with New Art West Midlands 2016, a professional development day for recent graduates. March 2016.


Updates on all projects will be posted on the website.



Symposium: Erosion and Illegibility of Images

Erosion and Illegibility of Images: Blocked Vision and Self-Reflexivity in Contemporary Art

12-4pm, Friday 31 October 2014. The New Art Gallery Walsall.

This one day symposium sets out to interrogate the trope of illegibility and erosion in contemporary artistic practice. By looking at painting, photography and sculpture / architecture, the symposium explores the extent to which contemporary art denies ‘a palpable legibility’. Artists including Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan and Maria Chevska will offer an original insight into the restriction of vision and legibility.

More information on the event can be found here.



Siân Macfarlane: We Are Illuminated

Carnival Memorial Park, Willenhall, c.1926 (Ref. 7844), Reproduced by permission of Walsall Local History Centre.

During the last round of micro-residencies in November, we were so impressed with the standard of applications that we appointed two recipients. Dr Bharti Parmar undertook her micro-residency at the New Art Gallery Walsall at the beginning of the year. Siân Macfarlane's micro-residency at the gallery will take place from 21 July to 3 August 2014.

Siân Macfarlane works with photography, film and performance, with a particular interest in outmoded technology.

Gathering images and information from archival sources, Siân is concerned with how we interact with time and place, and the relationship between the visual and other senses.

Fairs, carnivals and cinemas in the Walsall area, from the 1800s to the present day, form the focus of Siân’s research for her residency. Assisted by students from Walsall College and in consultation with local residents, Siân will collate a body of research to explore further in the studio.

A changing display of the artist’s research material is on display in the mezzanine case, until the end of the residency. Follow the progress of the project on the residency blog.

On Saturday 2 August there will be an open studio event, a chance to join the artist and students to discuss the project.



Artist Development opportunities for visual artists 2014-15

This year TPWM'S partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall continues with an expanded programme of Artist Development designed in response to artists' feedback.

The programmes includes:
  • Studio visits by Curators
  • Research Visits
  • Business Suite
  • Artist Coaching
  • Micro Residencies
  • Artist Study Day
NB: Opportunities will be through a combination of open sessions and through an application process.
In the next fortnight we will publish a new Artist Development Calendar on this site listing our programmes and the range of programmes offered across the region that are specifically relevant and tailored to individual visual and applied artists at different stages in their careers.
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