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A gift to Birmingham with Vanley Burke

This Autumn, Ikon partners with Migrant Voice and the School of Education, University of Birmingham on a project with artist Vanley Burke. Burke will photograph ten Birmingham residents and families in their social, professional and domestic settings. He has asked each individual and group to bring “a gift to Birmingham”; something that sums up their… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.10   “…in one way or another we’ve been wearing masks all our lives.” 42,169 Minutes “Oh, you can have that.” I was clutching the painting that had been returned from Koestler whilst I stood in the doorway of his cell. “Are you… Read more »

Free Activity Packs

Ikon’s activity packs are designed for creative learning at school or home. Inspired by Ikon’s exhibitions by Mit Jai Inn and Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon. Created by artist Lucy Grubb, they include questions for thinking and talking about art in relation to other subjects, including global cultures and environments. There are 3 packs available… Read more »

Shop: New Exhibition Collection

Browse Ikon’s new catalogues and limited editions, produced to accompany our Autumn exhibitions by Mit Jai Inn and Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon. New Catalogues Dreamworld (£20) is a comprehensive monograph on Mit Jai Inn’s life and work, published by Ikon and ArtAsiaPacific Foundation. It includes full-colour photographs of Ikon’s exhibition plus essays by Melanie… Read more »

Ikon Slow Boat Launch

By Rosie Abbey, Ikon Youth Programme Coordinator    The Slow Boat Launch on 22 July 2021 was an opportunity for Ikon Youth Programme to reflect on and celebrate their experiences working within the collective and the opportunities that have arisen from their involvement. IYP shared speeches about what the group means to them, and what… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.9 “I will be your Jodie Comer!” 39,528 Minutes The topless man with the nappy like shorts circled the old football pitch at a steady pace. His ageing leathery skin glistened in the heat, he just ran and ran, lap after lap, circling… Read more »

Jesse Bruton

Ikon Founder Artist  1933 – 2021 Jesse Bruton was a founder of Ikon, first opening its doors to the public in April 1965, and a loyal supporter of the gallery to the end. His 2016 retrospective was one of Ikon’s most popular exhibitions, a reminder for old friends of his unique imagination and artistic talent,… Read more »

The Migrant Festival

Ikon presents the third annual Migrant Festival. A four day programme mixing visual art, music, film and performance, it celebrates the contribution made by refugees and migrants to Birmingham and the UK, whilst bearing witness to the hardships and sacrifices involved. This year’s festival is closely linked with Osman Yousefzada’s major new installation Infinity Pattern 1 at Selfridges Birmingham. The work… Read more »

Osman Yousefzada’s public art commission transforms Selfridges Birmingham

On Monday 26 July, Selfridges Birmingham unveils a new, large scale art installation by multidisciplinary artist Osman Yousefzada. Titled Infinity Pattern 1, the temporary architectural structure transforms Birmingham’s skyline, covering the iconic Selfridges building and injecting it with a bold colour palette of pinks and black, arranged in a striking tessellated pattern. This major public… Read more »

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 »