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Watch now: Art at HMP Grendon

In this interview with Head of Clinical Services, Richard Shuker and Lead Creative Psychotherapist, Jo Augustus, Dean Kelland discusses the role of creative practice, the notion of community and the importance of group work at HMP Grendon in the context of the prison’s radical approach to therapy, which informs the artist residency. Kelland is Ikon’s… Read more »

Watch now: Exhibition Walkthrough

Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon and Deborah Kermode, CEO & Artistic Director, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) discuss A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s. The fourth in a series of surveys of Ikon’s artistic programme,  A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s is a review of the 1990s. It comprises work by 40 artists who… Read more »

Free Activity Packs

Ikon’s activity packs are designed for creative learning at school or home. Inspired by Ikon’s exhibition A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s. Created by Birmingham artist De’Anne Crooks, they include questions for thinking and talking about art in relation to other subjects, including global cultures and environments. Share your creations with learning@ikon-gallery.org or… Read more »

UK/Australia Season

Ikon is delighted to be part of a major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK), celebrating each nation’s diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the… Read more »

Ikon Youth Programme: Slow Boat Launching Summer 2021

For ten years Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) has steered Slow Boat around the canals of the West Midlands and beyond. A converted narrow boat, it is a unique floating space for IYP, local communities and artists to make and experience art in a stimulating and creative environment. With the support of Freelands Foundation, over the next three… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.8 “How much is too much masculinity?” 37,003 Minutes I cupped my hand over my mouth and tried to quash the unexpected howl that was squealing out of me. She had been in hospital for a week now and whilst I thought that… Read more »

We are hiring

Would you like to join the Ikon team? We are hiring for three exciting roles. Ikon Youth Programme Coordinator Slow Boat Coordinator Digital Producer Visit the jobs page for more information and application packs.

Watch now: Joe Lycett – These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

To mark the opening of Ikon for Artists, award winning comedian, writer, artist and television host, Joe Lycett, discusses his eight favourite works of art with Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director. Ikon for Artists is an exhibition of artworks for sale by over 250 Birmingham artists, including Joe Lycett. 100% of the proceeds from artwork sales… Read more »

Watch now: Ikon for Artists Introduction

Watch an interview with Melanie Pocock, Ikon Curator, to learn more about Ikon for Artists. Ikon for Artists is an exhibition of artworks for sale by over 250 Birmingham artists. Submitted through an open call, work in a range of media is presented both in the gallery and online. 100% of the proceeds from artwork… Read more »

Ikon Youth Programme awarded funding from Freelands Foundation

Ikon is delighted to announce the support of Freelands Foundation in developing Ikon Youth Programme (IYP), which for ten years has navigated Slow Boat around the waterways of the West Midlands and beyond. During 2021-2024, we will expand the alternative curriculum offered by IYP, raising fundamental questions concerning the definition and relevance of art against a… Read more »