Tom Estes led the group discussion "Supporting Art Outside The Mainstream" as part of Gallerycamp at The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents, collects and interprets historic, modern and contemporary art in innovative and challenging ways. Their aim is to deliver a programme that reflects the diversity of contemporary art and the multi-cultural communities in which we live.

The changing exhibition programme on Floors 3 and 4 focuses on the contemporary visual arts. Presenting both solo and group shows and through artists' projects,  they aim to support and develop the work of living artists and to build and develop audiences for the visual arts.

The Garman Ryan exhibition programme explores the many themes of the collection and presents mainly historic temporary exhibitions, it also showcases contemporary works from the collection making interesting connections between old and new art.

Gallerycamp was the free ‘unconference’ for people interested in discussing the future of galleries (and arts + cultural organisations more broadly) and the increasingly important role of digital stuff and new technologies (ideas, projects, inclusion innovations) in this.

It has never been more important for galleries to make the most of digital and new tech as tools for communication, creative exploration, (audience) engagement, curation etc.

It was an unconference so we followed the principles of Open Space events – people can wander in and out of sessions, tweet, blog and take photos all day. 

Tom Estes with his work 'Back To The Future' at New Gallery Walsall