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Watch now: Ikon for Artists Introduction

Watch our interview with Melanie Pocock, Ikon Curator, to learn more about our forthcoming exhibition 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… 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 »

Ikon to receive funding from Culture Recovery Fund

Ikon is delighted to announce we have received a grant of £129,473 from the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Ikon, in the latest round of support from… Read more »

Watch now: Artist’s Talk – Haroon Mirza

Artist Haroon Mirza discusses his new audiovisual work, year zero (2020) with artist Jack Jelfs, Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation and President, The Africa Institute, and Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director.

IYP x BLKHLCLB 

Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) and Black Hole Club (BLKHLCLB) continue their online collaboration. Work in progress from recent workshops facilitated by Black Hole Club artists:  Graphic by IYP’s Muskeen responding to the question, “what do you value?”⁣   IYP’s notes from the workshops   Screenshots from the workshops exploring collaborative use of software IYP is a non-selective group for… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.7 “What does an inner-city Birmingham boy know about landscapes?” 36,375 Minutes I glanced over at the clock. It digitally danced 02:16 and after confirming the time I returned my gaze to the view out of the bedroom window. I can see the… Read more »

Family Saturday: Collage workshop with artist Nilupa Yasmin

Thank you to all of the families who took part in our recent Family Saturday workshop with artist Nilupa Yasmin. Families were introduced to Ikon’s current exhibition Faster Than Ever before creating their own artworks, playing and experimenting with different collage materials and techniques.

Ikon Board of Trustees Announcement

Ikon is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Helen Higson OBE DL as Chair of the gallery’s Board of Trustees. Helen is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management, Aston University and Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands. Simultaneously, Ikon Trustee Harminder Randhawa, Accountant, Jaguar Land Rover, takes the position of Chair at Ikon’s… Read more »

Ikon Youth Programme and Black Hole Club

Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) and Black Hole Club (BLKHLCLB) begin an online collaboration. Follow Ikon Youth Programme on Instagram for regular updates. IYP is a non-selective group for young people who share an interest in contemporary art. If you’re aged 16-21 and interested in joining IYP, send them a direct message on Instagram. Members commit to… Read more »

Family Saturday: Painting & collage workshop with artist Monica Perez Vega

Thank you to all of the families who took part in our recent Family Saturday workshop with artist Monica Perez Vega. Families were introduced to Ikon’s current exhibition Faster Than Ever before creating their own versions of key artworks, experimenting with colour, collage and painting.