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Notes from Grendon – Koestler Awards Entries 2019

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon Each year Koestler Arts award and give feedback to over 3000 people across 50 categories for submitting artwork. This year there were over 60 entries from HMP Grendon, including painting, drawing, poetry and mixed media. Written feedback from judges and volunteers forms a key part of… Read more »

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Forward Programme 2020-21

Ikon is delighted to announce plans for 2020-21 including exhibitions, off-site projects and events. Highlights include shows entirely of new work by Birmingham-born John Newling and Australian Aboriginal artists Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, a major survey of the 1990s seen through the lens of Ikon’s exhibition programme, a UK debut for internationally acclaimed Czech artist Krištof Kintera and… Read more »

How to Make a Leaping Hare

Did you know Cass Art sponsor our Learning Programme? Watch this video to see our Family Team use Cass Art materials to make Barry Flanagan inspired leaping hares. Roll and cut your own leaping hares!

Claudia Losi – Being There Performance

Claudia Losi’s Being There includes this site-specific performance along Birmingham’s canals. Developed with Collettivo Amigdala and vocal researcher Meike Clarelli, this performance features an assortment of local singers. This event is part of Looping the Loop, a socially responsive programme on Slow Boat that takes place between canal and community spaces, offering a vehicle for… Read more »

OTO at Ikon: David Toop

In the early 1970s, Carlyle Reedy, Paul Burwell and David Toop were invited to perform in Flanagan’s exhibition at the Rowan Gallery, London, though little remains of this improvised performance as it was not recorded or filmed. For Ikon, Toop explores the ghostliness of such events, disinterring memories from virtually nothing – a photograph, voices… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon      “Somewhere in my drawer upstairs I have an original Frank Sidebottom badge that she had given me years ago.” 6,120 Minutes First handover day…on the train from Birmingham Moor Street…mind racing and thinking through ways I can work. Three years is longer than I… Read more »

Ikon wins Ampersand Foundation Award for Carlo Crivelli Exhibition

Ikon is delighted to announce winning the inaugural £125,000 Ampersand Foundation Award, which will enable the gallery to realise its dream of staging an exhibition of works by the 15th century master Carlo Crivelli. The Trustees of the National Gallery in London have agreed to lend four masterpieces by Crivelli for the exhibition. The exhibition… Read more »

Barry Flanagan – Monument (1996)

Jo Melvin, Director of The Estate of Barry Flanagan, discusses Flanagan’s large bronze sculpture Monument (1966). Barry Flanagan 18 September — 24 November 2019 This is a major survey of work by Barry Flanagan, one of Britain’s most inventive sculptors, filling Ikon’s two floors of gallery space entirely. Curated by Jo Melvin, it brings together… Read more »

Barry Flanagan – daylight light piece 1 ’69 (1969)

Jo Melvin, Director of The Estate of Barry Flanagan, discusses light as sculptural practice in Flanagan’s work. Barry Flanagan 18 September — 24 November 2019 This is a major survey of work by Barry Flanagan, one of Britain’s most inventive sculptors, filling Ikon’s two floors of gallery space entirely. Curated by Jo Melvin, it brings… Read more »

Press Release: Winter Exhibitions

Meryl McMaster As Immense as the Sky  4 December 2019 – 23 February 2020 Ikon presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by Meryl McMaster (b. 1988, Ottawa). From a rising generation of indigenous artists in Canada, McMaster’s photography explores identity and its distinct cultural landscapes, with extraordinary visual impact. Comprised of new and recent work,… Read more »