In response to the spread of COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and partners, Ikon Gallery is closed until August. Reopening date to be announced soon.

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Ikon awarded Art Fund grant for new commission by artist Haroon Mirza

Ikon is delighted to be awarded an Art Fund Small Project Grant to commission a new digital artwork, titled year zero, by Haroon Mirza, as part of his ongoing ‘modular opera’. This ‘missing’ chapter consists of a film featuring performers singing a new text, and playing music composed by the artist, from the windows of… Read more »

Hew Locke – Here’s the thing

It’s been a year since Hew Locke’s Ikon exhibition Here’s the thing, his most comprehensive exhibition to date. Since then the show has toured the United States, firstly to Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri and now currently showing at Colby College Museum of Art, Maine. We are pleased to announce that the… Read more »

Prison championing art

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon “Having the chance to exhibit my work whilst paying homage to the person that made it possible left me feeling elated. It is an opportunity I have never known in any other jail.” This month, artist Dean Kelland’s residency at HMP Grendon features in an article in… Read more »

Midsummer Festival

Ikon is excited to be taking part in Midsummer Festival, a free one-day festival celebrating arts and culture in the West Midlands on Saturday 20 June. Featuring a collection of many West Midlands theatre, dance, music, artists and venues Midsummer Festival will mark the Summer Solstice with a wide range of live, archived and pre-recorded cultural… Read more »

Ikon awarded Research Continuity Grant by Paul Mellon Centre

Ikon has been awarded a Research Continuity Grant by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art to undertake research on members of the Blk Art Group who exhibited at the gallery during the 1990s. This includes artist Keith Piper who in Summer 2021 will present a new digital film reflecting on the proposition of A… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon Racing Thoughts No.4 “I am a great thief of tender moments.” 31,639 Minutes My cat is called ‘Steve Marriott’ and it seemed appropriate that, as I sat at the laptop typing with the sound of The Small Faces flowing joyously from the speakers, he would… Read more »

Ikon Youth Programme – Dear Nature Letters

During lockdown Ikon Youth Programme have been meeting digitally. One of their recent projects involved writing a ‘Dear Nature’ letter, inspired by John Newling’s work, reflecting on their relationship with nature. Find out more @ikonyouthprogramme What would you write? Share your results with us on social media @ikongallery #ikongallery #ikonathome or email   Explore… Read more »

Six Lockdown Walks

Artist John Newling and writer Alys Fowler exchange letters on their daily walks, through residential areas and open spaces in Nottingham and Birmingham. Reflecting on the pattern language of these environs and their own behaviours, some happy accidents and moments of connection occur. The publication of the letters will be serialised here over the next 3 weeks. Scroll down… Read more »

A journey through the therapy looking glass

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon  “Grendon gives you enough time to talk and listen, in order to eventually work through all of the troubles that brought us to prison in the first place. The people here believe, despite how horrendous our pasts may have been, we can come to terms with our… Read more »

New digital content

While the gallery is temporarily closed, we continue to share our exhibitions and activities via our digital channels. Please continue to visit Ikon’s website and engage with us via social media. Enjoy a filmed walkthrough of our exhibitions by Judy Watson and John Newling and watch interviews with the artists to discover more about their work. Head… Read more »