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Black Lives Matter protest, Birmingham 2020. Image courtesy of Charisse Kenion

Watch Now – Charisse Kenion and Vanley Burke in conversation

If you missed our recent Zoom talk with Charisse Kenion and Vanley Burke, you can now watch it in full on Ikon’s YouTube channel. On 4 June 2020, photographer Charisse Kenion joined thousands of people who gathered in Birmingham to support the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd on 25 May in the… Read more »

Koestler Awards 2020

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon This year’s Koestler Awards include a number of awards for submissions from HMP Grendon. We are delighted to receive a Platinum award for a submission of ten prints made in workshops at Grendon at the beginning of the year, under the instruction of Dr Simon J… Read more »

Get creative at home and in school

While the gallery is temporarily closed, we continue to share our exhibitions and activities via our digital channels. Please visit Ikon’s website and engage with us via social media. Explore Krištof Kintera’s exhibition THE END OF FUN! online and get creative at home. Online Family Activity: Brain Masks  Make your own masks inspired by the… Read more »

Free Activity Packs

Get creative at school or home and download our free Activity Packs inspired by our current Krištof Kintera exhibition. They include practical activities for Early Years, Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. Download               

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.6 “Normality is man’s attempt to cover up disorder.” 36,375 Minutes I re-read the text message that I had composed in order to check for any errors before pressing send. ‘Hi James – I have to work tomorrow (I’m back in the School… Read more »

Osman Yousefzada designs a striking new hoarding for Selfridges at Bullring

  The iconic Selfridges building at Bullring is set for major renovation work beginning in Autumn 2020 with completion expected ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. During this time, the building will be wrapped in a striking patterned hoarding created by Birmingham-born fashion designer and artist Osman Yousefzada. This is the designer’s first piece… Read more »

Ikon Trustee appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands

    Congratulations to Ikon Trustee Helen Higson OBE who has been  appointed as the new Vice Lord-Lieutenant to the West Midlands’ Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE.  Professor Higson, who is the Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Aston University, takes on the role from Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE OD, who has completed her three year term and devoted many hours to help the Lord-Lieutenant carry… Read more »

Ikon announces reopening

  Ikon is delighted to announce the reopening of its gallery premises in Brindleyplace, on Thursday 20 August. Ikon’s spring season of exhibitions, featuring John Newling, Judy Watson and Mariateresa Sartori had just started before closure in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was hugely disappointing for the artists, having had spent years previously… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.5   “I spent the last week picking up oddly shaped pebbles…”   34,007 Minutes   “Are you trying to get rid of me?” I smiled to myself as the teabags floated to the top of the mugs. She had decaf Yorkshire and I’d developed the habit of… Read more »

Yhonnie Scarce to return to Ikon in 2021

We are pleased to announce that Australian Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce will return to Ikon in Spring 2021 to continue her artist residency and present an exhibition of new work in Ikon’s Tower Room. Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Working with glass, Scarce explores… Read more »