FOUND, The New Art Gallery Walsall – 30 January- 3 May

FOUND Paul Chiappe Untitled 48FOUND brings together seven contemporary artists who work with found images to explore themes of loss, memory and mass cultural experience.

By transforming, cutting, embellishing and re-working visual material sourced from the internet, flea markets, magazines and discarded personal collections, the artists enter into the histories and narratives present in strangers’ images.

Drawing attention to our relentless consumption and self-projection of visual information in a digital age, the selected works by Paul Chiappe, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Vesna Pavlović, Erik Kessels and John Stezaker reverberate and bring into question the feeling of being suffocated and framed by representations of other people’s lives, tastes and experiences.

The exhibition will include six new works specially commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Metropolis: Reflections on the modern city @BM_AG

Ever since early hunter-gatherer tribes first sought the protection and benefits of settlements –beginning with Uruk, Eridu, Ur and Çatalhöyük – towns and cities the world over have offered a rich source of fascination and inspiration for artists of all disciplines. Continue reading

Area Guide November Issue

Welcome to the November edition of Area Culture Guide – we’ve got our round-up of favourite things happening around the West Midlands over the forthcoming month. Pick up your copy at the end of this month from the usual outlets or take a browse online here… Continue reading

There is a Place – Exhibition @newartgallery until 14.4.12

An array of local, national and international talent comes together to combine their disciplines for a special exhibition taking place at the New Art Gallery Walsall until April. Continue reading

Lucid Dreaming in The Cage

New Art Gallery Walsall
Sunday 5 and 12, and Tuesday 14 December
Sessions at 12pm and 2pm

We spend a third of our lives asleep and a lot of that time is spent dreaming of things like business reports or getting eaten by the dishwasher. Most of us have little control over what our minds conjure up between the waking hours, but if you want to claim that time back and master your dreams then a lucid dreaming workshop in Walsall might just be for you. Continue reading

Untying Space

Untying Space
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Until – 4 July
Sun K Kwak designs every new piece of work as reaction to each specific location and the Korean artist’s latest temporary piece will be a sprawling creation across the crevices and contours of The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Each formation is carefully crafted from vinyl and masking tape, placed precisely and painstakingly to give the impression of an unprocessed and flowing entity that responds with the building. Sun will have sixteen days to shape her designs and the exhibition in Gallery 1 will finish with the ultimate display of the impermanent nature of her work, by tearing it all down.

Craig Bush

May issue of the Culture Guide

We’ve been very busy at AREA CULTURE GUIDE central making sure you know all about the amazing things happening around the West Midlands and so here is our MAY edition. Get yours from the usual distribution points.

The Special Edition that we produced on behalf of Visit Birmingham will be available from the new mac which is launching this weekend so make sure you get down a pick yourself up a copy.

New Art Gallery Walsall is 10

New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square, Walsall. 01922 654400
Open: Mon-Sat and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm
12 February – 18 April
Free entry

To mark New Art Gallery Walsall’s double figure milestone they will be celebrating with Party! an exhibition designed both to celebrate their 10 years of achievements and the range and diversity of visual arts.

Bringing together a consciously diverse and eclectic group of works by 50 internationally renowned and emerging artists the core of the exhibition will comprise contemporary works and a careful selection of historic and modern works.

New works and commissions include David Shrigley’s new set of drawings inspired by the theme of the exhibition and Resident artist Bob and Roberta Smith’s new, party-inspired piece of work for the gallery’s Window Box. The foyer will be decorated by Lucienne Cole, ready for her community dance extravaganza in April and artist Mitra Memarzia will be turning the Artists’ Studio into The Unwanted Gift Shop – where donated gifts can be exchanged or turned into art. The Floor 1 Activity Room will be transformed into a sea of bright purple balloons by Martin Creed’s Half the Air In A Given Space installation.

You can officially join in the PARTY! when it opens on Thursday 11 February (from 6pm to 9pm) with an evening of music, celebration, artistic interventions and cake. Artist/DJ Gavin Turk will be on the decks, and Bob and Roberta Smith’s band, The Ken Ardley Playboys, will be playing live.

Turn your unwanted Christmas gifts in to art…

New Art Gallery Walsall want you to exchange, display or transform your unwanted presents when artist Mitra Memarzia opens up her Unwanted Gift Shop as part of her three month residency (18 Jan to 18 Apr).

“Every year £2 billion is spent on unwanted gifts in the UK alone,” says the West Midlands-based artist. “So much is purchased that will just sit there in a cupboard unused and forgotten, and this project will turn them into something else – either another, more useful gift, or art!”

If you got some tacky ornament, horrible socks or useless gadget you can donate them to Mitra’s shop. Each item taken to the Unwanted Gift Shop will be catalogued and displayed, and donators will be given the opportunity to either exchange their rejected gifts for another item at a special Swap Party (on Saturday 17 April), or have them transformed into a work of art – potentially increasing their

The Unwanted Gift Shop is part of The New Art Gallery Walsall’s 10th anniversary celebrations. A full programme of exhibitions and special events will launch with the opening of PARTY!, an exciting and eclectic exhibition featuring over 50 international artists (12 February – 18 April 2010).

Mitra Memarzia: The Unwanted Gift Shop
Monday 18 January to Sunday 18 April 2010
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
Walsall WS2 8LG
Admission free.
Open: Mon-Sat and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Tel: 01922 654400