Call Out to West Midlands Based Artists for the Acquisition of works for the New Art Gallery Walsall

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

The New Art Gallery Walsall is looking for proposals from West Midlands based artists for a capsule collection they are forming of works based on the events of the past 12 months.

The New Art Gallery Walsall wishes to support artists currently based in the West Midlands through acquisitions of works made in response to world events over the last year (in particular, the impact of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter). Artists are invited to submit proposals for existing paintings, drawings, photographs or prints to be acquired for the Permanent Collection. As well as acquiring works, they will profile the selected artists on their website and social media platforms and eventually through display.

The Gallery has an impressive Permanent Collection of over 3500 works, which have been collected since the foundation of the original art gallery in 1892. As well as historic works and works with a particular resonance to Walsall, the Gallery has a strong commitment to collecting work by contemporary artists.

Collections Curator, Julie Brown, said: “This allows the opportunity to capture a momentous period in our living history and ensure our Collections remain relevant to contemporary society, while at the same time giving much-needed support to regional artists at this difficult time.

We recognise the huge amount of creativity and reflection that has taken place over the past 12 months, often from inside our homes and in ‘lockdown’. We would like this to be reflected in a small capsule collection, ideally of around 20 works, to mark this important time in the Gallery’s history.

We turned 20 just before the first lockdown and were closed for most of our anniversary year. The Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, Brexit, climate change, have impacted greatly on us all over the past 12 months, and we are really looking forward to seeing how artists in the West Midlands have responded. We are already thinking of ways we can exhibit the works in a dedicated exhibition, hopefully next year, when it is appropriate to do so.”

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