Image: work from BNC 2007 displayed at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, a magnificent space specially commissioned from architects Caruso St John

BNC 2007, The New Art Gallery, Walsall

Image: work from BNC 2007 displayed at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, a magnificent space specially commissioned from architects Caruso St John

2007 / Exhibitions & Events / Exhibitions

BNC 2007, The New Art Gallery, Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall

13 July - 2 September 2007

There was a time when the annual open studio was about the only prospect for young artists to exhibit their work, now Britain is a place where small towns like Walsall have magnificent public galleries of contemporary art. The art world is post 'Brit-Art', post-Tate Modern, post-Frieze Art Fair, and there is an abundance of small galleries hungry for new artists. So, is there still a need for New Contemporaries? The answer, it seems, it yes; it combines a professional (rather than educational) attitude with a non-commercial ethos. To this end, its selectors are primarily artists (this year Michael Landy and Nigel Cooke) supplemented by writers or curators (Linda Norden), and the continued quality of these ever-changing selectors ensures that the exhibitions focus on the battles that young artists will always have as they wrestle with the art of the past and the world of today.
 - David Barret review of 2007 exhibition at New Art Gallery Walsall, for Art Monthly Oct 07 no 310.

The tour to three regions embraced a range of different types of venue with potentially differing types of public audiences. New Art Gallery Walsall is a magnificent custom-built space, specially commissioned from architects Caruso St John, to house the Garman-Ryan collection and to provide spacious temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. It is a municipal gallery, serving a local community and building an ambitious programme of contemporary work in a particular context. 

Walsall has a strong sense of place and social purpose with an expressed commitment to art, community and education programmes. The venue is family friendly with active participation from local schools. The audience figures reflect this, with an estimated attendance of 22,000 for the BNC.

A total of 1150 applications were received from the national submission draw from over 70 art schools across the UK. From this, over 100 artists were shortlisted and there work brought to Club Row for further deliberation and from this 37 artists were selected. Recent years have seen a dramatic shift in the nature of the submissions; from slide and video to digital formats and DVD. In future years it is predicted that the submission process may become entirely digital.

Location

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The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square,
Walsall
West Midlands
WS2 8LG
01922 654400