Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
Start the Press!
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
Exodus Crooks
EPIPHANY (TEMPORAIRE)
Event15.03.2024 / 5.30pm7.00pm
Exodus Crooks in conversation with Orphée Kashala
Event22.02.202424.02.2024
Printmaking Studio: Taiba Akhtar
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
Start the Press!
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
Exodus Crooks
EPIPHANY (TEMPORAIRE)
Event15.03.2024 / 5.30pm7.00pm
Exodus Crooks in conversation with Orphée Kashala
Event22.02.202424.02.2024
Printmaking Studio: Taiba Akhtar
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
Start the Press!
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
Exodus Crooks
EPIPHANY (TEMPORAIRE)
Event15.03.2024 / 5.30pm7.00pm
Exodus Crooks in conversation with Orphée Kashala
Event22.02.202424.02.2024
Printmaking Studio: Taiba Akhtar

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Funded by Freelands Foundation.

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Current Exhibitions

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Exhibition15.04.202301.04.2024
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Mit Jai Inn
Dreamworld. Exhibition in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Following Mit Jai Inn’s exhibition at Ikon Gallery (15 September – 21 November 2021), Dreamworld now travels to MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai for a year-long presentation.
Exhibition13.10.202331.03.2024
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Maryam Wahid
Dreams of Brum. At Handsworth Library.
Ikon tours Dreams of Brum, an exhibition of photographic portraits by Birmingham-based photographer Maryam Wahid, taken at Handsworth Library during a series of creative community workshops with printmaker Haseebah Ali.
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
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Exodus Crooks
EPIPHANY (TEMPORAIRE)
Ikon hosts Midlands-based artist Exodus Crooks’ exhibition Epiphany (Temporaire), commissioned by Ort Gallery and International Curators Forum (ICF), originally presented at Block 336 in Summer 2023. Curated by Orphée Kashala, the exhibition includes sculpture, film, text and sculptural installation.   
Exhibition09.02.202421.04.2024
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Start the Press!
The centrepiece of Start the Press! is a vintage, flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art, taking its position in the gallery as a form of protest or occupation in the tradition of the student art-school sit-ins of the 1960s, and in response to the current challenging economic landscape. A cohort of West Midlands printmakers will operate the press, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as work is made in real time.

Upcoming 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.   
Exhibition21.03.202407.04.2024
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FOKA WOLF
WHY ARE WE STUCK IN HOSPITAL? AT SITE GALLERY, SHEFFIELD
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 Site Gallery, Sheffield, Why Are We Stuck in Hospital? illustrates the invisibility of people with learning disabilities and / or autistic people in long-stay hospitals.
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. Simultaneously, Ikon shows a solo exhibition by Dublin-based contemporary artist Jesse Jones whose practice crosses film, performance and installation.
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.

Latest News

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News21.02.2024
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Erdington workshops with Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora
People living in Erdington and the local area are invited to join Birmingham-born artist Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora for a series of free photo-walks and workshops in and around Erdington High Street and Rookery Park. Exploring our personal stories and experiences of mental health in green spaces, the sessions include photography, walking and writing to create our own artworks.  
News07.02.2024
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Photo-walks with Tom Hicks & Liz Berry
Ikon, in partnership with Transport for West Midlands, has commissioned Black Country artist Tom Hicks to co-create a new public sculpture with members of the local community at the Cross Street Local Travel Point in Halesowen – a public green space providing options for active and environmentally friendly local travel.
Slow Boat26.01.2024
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Reflections on Don't Stare
By Sonia Boué
Reflections on IYP and Ashokkumar D Mistry showcase by Sonia Boué.
Ikon Shop25.01.2024
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Ikon Shop Refurbishment
Learn more about Ikon Shop’s refurbishment. Ikon Shop reopens on Thursday 8 February.
News20.12.2023
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ANNUAL REVIEW: 2023
We would like to thank everyone who has visited Ikon Gallery this year to experience art for free and all those who have participated in our off-site projects, talks, tours and workshops.  
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