Ikon Gallery is a registered educational charity (no. 528892) and relies upon regular funding from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council. These core grants cover the gallery’s running costs. Ikon’s exhibitions, learning programme and off-site projects are primarily paid for through fundraising activity.

The gallery raises this money through grant making 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 Ikon Shop.


Abdulrazaq Awofeso Out of Frame is supported by the Ikon Investment Fund.

Made in Birmingham/Made in Sydney is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program. Yhonnie Scarce’s exhibition is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Cultural Fund.

Hew Locke: Foreign Exchange is presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival and generously supported by Arts Council EnglandNational Lottery Heritage Fund, Henry Moore Foundation, and the Ikon Investment Fund.


Ikon’s Learning Programme is supported by Arts Connect West Midlands and Cass Art. Ikon’s Slow Boat programme is supported by Freelands Foundation and Sandwell Metropolitan Council. Artist in Residence at HMP Grendon is supported by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Capital Funders and Founder Patrons

The new Ikon Gallery in the former Oozells Street School was opened on 20 March 1998 by the Rt Hon Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Birmingham Ladywood.

Capital Funders

The National Lottery Through The Arts Council of England European Regional Development Fund; The Foundation for Sport and the Arts; Royal Society for Arts; Art for Architecture ward; Argent; William A Cadbury Charitable Trust.

Corporate Founder Patrons

Birmingham Cable Communications; Brindleyplace Office Environments; BT Midlands; Colebrook Veterinary Services; CSFM (Holdings) Ltd; Haslimann Taylor Ltd; Industrial Brushware Ltd; König and Neurath; Lloyds Plc; Neil Willies and Co; Novotel, Birmingham Centre; Peel and Fowler; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd; Shakespeares; Tarmac; We Are Cleaning (GB) Ltd; Z3 Limited.

Founder Patrons

Rob Ayling; Adrian Bland; Siena and Simone Hilley Bland; W Dennis Bland; Dr Nigel Buller; Anthony Coombs; Graham Coombs; Mr and Mrs P Couse; Anna Dunford; Elnora Ferguson; Martin Hopkins; Tony Hughes; Lyn Hunter; Dr Philip John; Tom Jones; Stephen Kent; Tessa King-Farlow; Amanda Knight Adams; Mark Knight Adams; Jeanette Koch; Shirley and Michael Laffoley; Mr and Mrs J Marston; David Maxwell; Vivienne Moulder; Christine Parker; Ray Pheasant; Lorna Phillips Coombs; John Pickering; Angus and Midge Skene; Josef and Marjorie Soller; Dr Sheila Stowell; Dr Jennifer Young.

Ikon is a registered educational charity (no.528892) and gratefully acknowledges financial support using public funding by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council. Ikon Gallery Limited trading as Ikon.

Ikon Hew Locke exhibition
Lee Bul artwork


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