New Art Gallery Walsall

Walsall, United Kingdom 1995–2000

Client: Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council RIBA Stirling Prize finalist

This commission was won in an open international competition organised by the Borough Council of Walsall. The New Art Gallery is the home of the Garman Ryan Collection, an impressive and intimate collection of paintings, sculpture and objects assembled by Kathleen Garman and Sally Ryan, and given to the town in 1973. The display of the collection forms the core of the hugely energetic artistic and educational programme for the building. The new gallery was the first major public building to be built in Walsall for many years, in a region which generally had seen very little public investment.

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Site plan

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South elevation

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First floor plan

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Detail of clerestory window

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Related news

The Guardian is currently exploring the collections of British institutions, highlighting important artworks. From the New Art Gallery in Walsall, Julie Brown the collection's curator, analyses and celebrates Sally Ryan's sculpture 'The Martinique'.

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New Art Gallery Walsall
Twenty years

New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom

Thursday 20th February

Caruso St John Architects' first major project, the New Art Gallery Walsall, celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its opening this week.

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The New Art Gallery Walsall celebrates its 10th Birthday

New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom

11 February 2020

The occasion is marked by Party! an exhibition featuring an eclectic range of artists whose works are linked through broad reference to the party, a theme which extends across music, singing, dancing, greetings cards, food and drink, dress and decorations.


Walsall, United Kingdom


Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Construction cost

5,000 m²

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Project architects
Laurie Hallows, Alun Jones

Project team
Martin Bradley, Adam Caruso, Rod Heyes, Andrés Martines, Peter St John, Silvia Ullmayer

Collaborating artists
Richard Wentworth, Catherine Yass

Structural engineer

Services engineer

Cost consultant

Landscape architect
Kinnear Landscape Architects

Façade engineer
Arup Façade Engineering

Acoustic consultant
Arup Acoustics

Access consultant
David Bonnett Associates

Main contractor
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Hélène Binet

Finalist, RIBA Stirling Prize
RIBA Award
Civic Trust Award
Selected work, EU Mies van der Rohe Award