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When is Ikon Gallery open?

Please go to the Visit section to check the opening times for Ikon’s galleries, shop and Yorks at Ikon.

Where is Ikon Gallery located?

Please go to the Visit section to view the location of the gallery and directions by road, public transport and on foot.

Who do I talk to at Ikon about...?

If you have a question about Ikon’s exhibitions and events, touring shows or any aspect of the gallery’s artistic policy, please contact the Exhibitions team.

If you have a question about Ikon’s Learning programme, outreach and community work, exhibition tours, workshops and other events, please contact the Learning team.

If you have a question about how you can support Ikon, by making a donation, becoming a Patron or hiring the gallery, please contact the Development team.

If you have a question about Ikon’s visitors, mailing list, marketing or publicity, please contact the Communications team.

If you have a question about Ikon Shop and its stock, please contact Ikon Shop.

If you have a question about Yorks at Ikon or to make a reservation, please contact the café on 0121 293 9186.

If you have a complaint regarding any aspect of the gallery, please contact the Deputy Director by post, email or telephone on 0121 248 0708. Please include your contact details including name, address, telephone number and email address, if appropriate, so that a prompt response can be made.

If your complaint relates to Yorks at Ikon, please contact the Café Manager by post or telephone 0121 293 9186.

Can Ikon obtain the Immunity from Seizure for loans?

Works of art intended to form part of a forthcoming exhibition at Ikon that may be covered by immunity from seizure are listed here.

What is Ikon's Due Diligence Policy?

Please click here to download Ikon’s Due Diligence Policy

What is Ikon's Privacy Policy?

Please click here to download Ikon’s Privacy Policy

How do I exhibit at Ikon?

Ikon’s exhibition programme is devised by its curatorial team, up to two years in advance. More often than not our exhibitions and other projects arise from invitations to artists and we are rarely able to accommodate unsolicited proposals.

If you choose to make a submission, please send it to where it will be reviewed by a member of our exhibitions team. Candidates are advised to include the following items in their proposal:

  • A letter outlining the work or exhibition proposed
  • An up to date CV and 5-10 images to illustrate your proposal

Please note that Ikon is unable to return any materials sent by post. We can only provide feedback on individual submissions that might be taken forward.

How is Ikon funded?

Ikon Gallery is a registered educational charity and relies upon regular funding from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council. These core grants cover the gallery’s running costs, enabling Ikon to provide free entry. The exhibitions, learning programme and off-site projects across the city are primarily paid for through fundraising activity.

The gallery raises money through private grant giving trusts and foundations, corporate patrons and sponsors, international funding sources and the generosity of those visitors and supporters who make a donation.

These funds are supplemented by income generated through commercial activity such as hiring out the gallery for corporate hospitality and revenue earned through the bookshop.

If you wish to support Ikon and make a donation, please visit the Support page.

What was Ikon's building in Oozells Square?

The building currently occupied by Ikon opened in 1878 as Oozells Street School and has been everything from a primary school to a theatrical stores. Read more about the redevelopment of Brindleyplace or download our history sheet by local historian Dr. Chris Upton:

From Primary School to Art Gallery

How can I book a table in the café?

You can book a table in person or by calling Yorks at Ikon on 0121 293 9186.

How many people visit Ikon?

Ikon Gallery receives approximately 200,000 visitors every year but many more engage with the off-site projects, participate in the learning programme, national and international collaborations and online. Ikon’s audience is comprised of local residents from Birmingham, people who live in the West Midlands region, visitors that travel from across the UK and international visitors from overseas. Ikon is continuously working to develop audiences and attract new visitors especially within local communities in the city.

I can't make it to Ikon Gallery, how can I purchase an item from the shop?

Ikon’s online shop stocks a wide range of Ikon catalogues, art books, limited editions and gifts. You can also purchase items over the telephone by contacting Ikon Shop directly on 0121 248 0711. All profits support Ikon.

Can I hire Ikon Gallery to host an event?

Ikon is ideal for many different kinds of events, both corporate and private, whether it’s a canapé reception, conference, product launch, awards ceremony, workshop, meeting or wedding reception. Please visit the Venue Hire section or contact Ikon’s Development Team to discuss your requirements.

Are there any job vacancies at Ikon?

All current vacancies are advertised in the Jobs section. Application forms, job descriptions, equal opportunities information and guidelines for applications can be downloaded. This information can also be requested by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.

Ikon also offers a voluntary work placement scheme which is available to candidates of 18 years old and over. Placements cover office administration, marketing, programming and Learning work. If you are interested in this programme, please download, complete and return the application form. This information can also be requested by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.