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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.

Free Activity Packs

Get creative at home or school and download our free Activity Packs. Created by Birmingham artist Farwa Moledina, the packs are inspired by Ikon’s current exhibition Faster Than Ever.  ​ They include practical activities for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 such as painting, mask making and portraiture, with links to artists’ films you can watch… Read more »

Ikon Shop Sale – 30% off

Whilst Ikon’s main galleries are closed, our online shop remains open, stocking a wide range of exhibition catalogues, books, artist editions and gifts. Throughout January, use code JAN2021 for 30% off your purchase.* Ikon is a charity and all profits support our artistic and educational programmes. *Offer excludes Ikon catalogue bundles. Shop online 

Watch now – year zero by Haroon Mirza

If you missed our recent world premiere of year zero (2020), a new audiovisual artwork by British artist Haroon Mirza, you can watch it in full on Ikon’s YouTube channel until 14 February. year zero is a new commission by Ikon, with Art Fund support. The work is part of Mirza’s ‘modular opera’ series, composed by… Read more »

Ikon for Artists – Open Call

Ikon is pleased to announce Ikon for Artists, an open call exhibition that takes place from 26 February to 14 March 2021 at Ikon Gallery, Brindleyplace. Ikon for Artists seeks to support local artists whose income has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Birmingham-based artists are invited to submit one artwork with a value of… Read more »

World premiere: Haroon Mirza – year zero

Ikon announces the world premiere of year zero (2020), a new audiovisual artwork by British artist Haroon Mirza. Taking place on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 8pm GMT via Ikon Gallery’s YouTube account, year zero is a new commission by Ikon, with Art Fund support. The work is part of Mirza’s ‘modular opera’ series, composed… Read more »

Black Lives Matter protest, Birmingham 2020. Image courtesy of Charisse Kenion

Watch Now – Charisse Kenion and Vanley Burke in conversation

If you missed our recent Zoom talk with Charisse Kenion and Vanley Burke, you can now watch it in full on Ikon’s YouTube channel. On 4 June 2020, photographer Charisse Kenion joined thousands of people who gathered in Birmingham to support the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd on 25 May in the… Read more »

Koestler Awards 2020

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon This year’s Koestler Awards include a number of awards for submissions from HMP Grendon. We are delighted to receive a Platinum award for a submission of ten prints made in workshops at Grendon at the beginning of the year, under the instruction of Dr Simon J… Read more »