Inspiring Creativity through The Garman Ryan Collection
at The New Art Gallery Walsall

A resource book and web for art teachers using the Garman Ryan Collection and the New Art Gallery Walsall as a source of inspiration for the delivery of the QCA National Curriculum 2000 art schemes of work to pupils in key stages 1-3.


Inspiration and Creation was the title of the exhibition of art produced by pupils aged 4-19 years at Castle School, Walsall in response to their study of work in the Garman Ryan Collection. The exhibition opened on 30th November 2001 and was an immediate success. Initially planned to run for two months, overwhelming positive reactions by members of the public prompted the gallery to extend the exhibition until 14th April 2002.

The Garman Ryan Collection consists of 363 works of art collected by Kathleen Garman and Sally Ryan and left to the people of Walsall in 1973. It was originally housed in the Walsall Museum and Art Gallery above the library in Lichfield Street. In 2000 it was rehoused in a purpose-built setting within the New Art Gallery, Gallery Square, Walsall.


The aim of the book and web is to combine analysis of the work of the Garman Ryan Collection with the requirements of the art programmes of study provided by the National Curriculum 2000 (NC2000).

It aims to offer teachers suggestions for some appropriate works from the collection to be used for delivery of each of the 27 units of the NC2000. These consist of one unit for each of the three terms: winter (a) spring (b) summer (c), for each of the 9 years in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 (ages 5-14). This, for example, means that unit 6c is for the summer term for year 6.