Ikon is an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated in central Birmingham, offering free entry to all.

Founded in 1965 as an artists-led alternative space, it has evolved into one of the most internationalist artistic programmes in Europe combining established with emerging artists.

Housed in a magnificent neo-gothic school building, it is an educational charity for the promotion of visual art of international significance, playing a key role in the cultural life of the region.

Education is at the heart of Ikon’s activities. Our Learning team builds meaningful relationships with Ikon’s audiences that enables visitors to engage with, discuss and reflect on contemporary art.

Ikon Youth Programme

Ikon’s off-site programme develops dynamic relationships between art, artists and audiences outside the gallery, challenging expectations of where art can be seen and by whom.

Osman Yousefzada Infinity Pattern 1 art installation at Selfridges
Claudia Losi performance on Slow Boat
Rie Nakajima Slow Boat workshop

Ikon welcomes over 200,000 visitors every year but many more engage with off-site projects, national and international collaborations and online.

Ikon continuously works with artists to develop new audiences, especially within local communities.


Hear the latest Ikon news including new exhibitions and off-site projects, events, shop offers and announcements.

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace
Birmingham, B1 2HS

GALLERY: +44 (0)121 248 0708
SHOP: +44 (0)121 248 0711

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