Event05.03.202420.12.2024
Support Ikon: 60 for 60
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
National Treasures: Artemisia in Birmingham
Jesse Jones: Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
Dion Kitson
Rue Britannia
Event11.05.202407.09.2024
WATER RITUAL: MIRROR MARTYR MIRROR MOON
Exhibition23.05.202426.05.2024
Art School Laboratory Showcase
With Osman Yousefzada and students from Birmingham School of Art
Event05.03.202420.12.2024
Support Ikon: 60 for 60
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
National Treasures: Artemisia in Birmingham
Jesse Jones: Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
Dion Kitson
Rue Britannia
Event11.05.202407.09.2024
WATER RITUAL: MIRROR MARTYR MIRROR MOON
Exhibition23.05.202426.05.2024
Art School Laboratory Showcase
With Osman Yousefzada and students from Birmingham School of Art
Event05.03.202420.12.2024
Support Ikon: 60 for 60
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
National Treasures: Artemisia in Birmingham
Jesse Jones: Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
Dion Kitson
Rue Britannia
Event11.05.202407.09.2024
WATER RITUAL: MIRROR MARTYR MIRROR MOON
Exhibition23.05.202426.05.2024
Art School Laboratory Showcase
With Osman Yousefzada and students from Birmingham School of Art

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With a focus on the development of the prisoners’ artistic practice, Ikon has opened the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Studio at HMP Grendon – a dedicated space for workshops, in printing and painting, and a changing programme of exhibitions, art historical and contemporary.

Funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

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Over three years (2021-24) Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) navigates the waterways on board Slow Boat, a converted narrow boat. IYP are collaborating with creative thinkers and makers to reimagine Slow Boat as a local art school.

Funded by Freelands Foundation.

Events

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Current Exhibitions

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Exhibition08.03.202407.07.2024
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FRIENDS IN LOVE AND WAR / L’ÉLOGE DES MEILLEUR·ES ENNEMI·ES.
Works from the British Council Collection and macLYON. Exhibition at Lyon, France
Ikon and macLYON present works by over twenty artists from the British Council Collection and macLYON that explore the theme of friendship.   
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
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Dion Kitson
Rue Britannia
Ikon presents the first major solo exhibition and an ambitious off-site commission by British artist Dion Kitson in partnership with English Heritage. 
Exhibition10.05.202408.09.2024
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National Treasures: Artemisia in Birmingham
Jesse Jones: Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon
Ikon is a partner in National Treasures, a key strand of the programme celebrating the National Gallery’s Bicentenary, NG200. Ikon presents a masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later), Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615-17). Wrapped around the Gentileschi work, and made as a direct response, is a solo exhibition by contemporary Irish artist Jesse Jones, whose artistic practice crosses film, sound, performance, sculpture and installation. 
Exhibition11.05.202406.09.2024
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Dion Kitson
Silver Lining at JW Evans Silver Factory
Through Silver Lining, an off-site commission for English Heritage, Kitson honours a lost industrial past, utilising new technologies to create sculptural interventions in a former silver factory, celebrating the history and popular culture of Birmingham and the Black Country.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Exhibition23.05.202426.05.2024
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Art School Laboratory Showcase
With Osman Yousefzada and students from Birmingham School of Art
Ikon, with support from G.F Smith, showcases a new zine titled Rhythm, an output of Art School Laboratory initiated by Osman Yousefzada, Visiting Professor, Birmingham School of Art.
Exhibition05.06.202407.07.2024
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Feeding Chair
Ikon hosts Feeding Chair (2022), a collaborative artwork which invites parents and carers to feed their young children in galleries and other public venues. Featuring artwork by artist Jade Montserrat, the chair integrates audio works and videos about infant feeding, gender and public space.
Exhibition12.06.202423.06.2024
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Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora
Green Spaces
Ikon and Living Well Consortium collaborate to raise awareness of, and engagement with, topics centred on mental health and wellbeing. Birmingham-born artist Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora has worked with communities, taking photographic portraits against the backdrop of the city’s green spaces, and exploring the benefits of nature to our health.  
Exhibition04.07.202402.11.2024
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Exodus Crooks
At The Exchange, Birmingham.
In June 2024, Ikon presents new work by Midlands-based artist Exodus Crooks at The Exchange, the University’s city centre venue in response to the public programme theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Exhibition07.08.202414.08.2024
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Foka Wolf
WHY ARE WE STUCK IN HOSPITAL? AT FABRICA, BRIGHTON
An impossible maze, with no end, forms the basis of an artwork by Birmingham artist and activist Foka Wolf. Produced by Ikon and exhibited at Fabrica, Brighton, Why Are We Stuck in Hospital? illustrates the invisibility of people with learning disabilities and / or autistic people in long-stay hospitals.

Latest News

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HMP Grendon25.04.2024
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James Lomax: Art at HMP Grendon, artist in residence
Ikon is pleased to announce that artist James Lomax is undertaking a two-month residency at HMP Grendon in Buckinghamshire, funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.
News26.03.2024
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Sally Butcher: FEED artist-in-residence
Ikon is pleased to announce Sally Butcher as artist-in-residence for Feed, organised in collaboration with Birmingham City Council and In Certain Places.
News26.03.2024
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Ikon Leadership Announcement
Ikon is pleased to announce the leadership team taking the gallery forward in its 60th year.    The Board of Trustees have made permanent appointments for Ian Hyde, Chief Executive Officer; Melanie Pocock, Artistic Director (Exhibitions); and Linzi Stauvers, Artistic Director (Education). 
News11.03.2024
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Meet the curator
with Orphée Kashala
Ikon hosts Midlands-based artist Exodus Crooks’ exhibition Epiphany (Temporaire). Curated by Orphée Kashala, we asked him a few questions about himself and his experience working with Exodus Crooks.
News29.02.2024
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Culture Forward
Writer Ruth Millington caught up with Start the Press! printmakers Haseebah Ali and Taiba Akhtar, who are making work in response to the Birmingham Qur’an and Mingana Collection at University of Birmingham.
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