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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 »

How a Bronze Sculpture is Made: AB Fine Art Foundry

Many of Barry Flanagan’s bronze sculptures have been, and still are, cast at AB Fine Art. Foundry Technician Chloë walks through the processes involved in making bronze sculptures, from the initial wax casting stage to the final stages of patination. Barry Flanagan 18 September — 24 November 2019 This is a major survey of work… Read more »

Installation Time-Lapse: Barry Flanagan, Large Troubador

Barry Flanagan 18 September — 24 November 2019 Large Troubador, Bronze (2004) 185.1 x 140 x 114 cm For Barry Flanagan, sculpture was as much performance, sound, light as it was bronze and carving. The exposure of process and method is something he consistently performed in every medium he used throughout his career. He frequently… Read more »

Artist Interview: Stuart Whipps – The Kipper and The Corpse

Stuart Whipps The Kipper and The Corpse  11 September — 15 September 2019 Ikon presents an ‘exposition’ by artist Stuart Whipps, part of his long-term art project The Kipper and The Corpse (2004–ongoing). A vast body of work, it is a multifaceted reflection on the closure of the Longbridge motor works in Birmingham, the last… Read more »

Starting work at HMP Grendon 

by James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon                       This blog will give monthly updates on activity surrounding the new three year artist residency at HMP Grendon. Each month content will alternate between a project update and notes from the Artist in Residence. Over… Read more »

Artists from The Aerodrome: Polly Apfelbaum

Ikon’s current exhibition The Aerodrome is dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley, Curator of Ikon before becoming Director of Milton Keynes Gallery and then Modern Art Oxford, who died tragically in 2012. The exhibition features over 40 artists Stanley worked with, all of whom held him in great affection. Artist Polly Apfelbaum exhibited her large-scale colourful installations in Waiting… Read more »