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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 marketing@ikon-gallery.org   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 »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon Racing Thoughts No.3 Sketchbook image. Courtesy Dean Kelland “You forget where you are and feel normal for three hours.” 23,472 Minutes Simon adjusted the press with an adept skill and swiftness that spoke of his confidence and experience, “That’s all good to go then…much easier… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon Racing Thoughts No.2 “Elvis always wins…and you should know that!” 15,312 Minutes A sharp intake of breath, the fresh October air filled my lungs as I stood outside after another day and evening behind the fences. James was phoning the taxi company for the return… Read more »

Ikon appoints new curator: Melanie Pocock

  Ikon is delighted to announce the appointment of Melanie Pocock as Curator. Pocock is a curator and writer with over 10 years’ experience in Europe and Asia, and moves to Ikon from her previous position as Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. There she organised more than sixty exhibitions with local… Read more »

Winter Craft Market: Meet the Makers

Join us for our annual Winter Craft Market on Thursday 12 December, 5.30-8.30pm, expanded over both floors of the gallery. Take the opportunity to meet a range of local independent makers, with artisan food and drink alongside stalls selling jewellery, gifts, cards and books plus music from the Diskery and 20% off in Ikon Shop…. Read more »