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Osman Yousefzada designs a striking new hoarding for Selfridges at Bullring

  The iconic Selfridges building at Bullring is set for major renovation work beginning in Autumn 2020 with completion expected ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. During this time, the building will be wrapped in a striking patterned hoarding created by Birmingham-born fashion designer and artist Osman Yousefzada. This is the designer’s first piece… Read more »

Ikon Trustee appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands

    Congratulations to Ikon Trustee Helen Higson OBE who has been  appointed as the new Vice Lord-Lieutenant to the West Midlands’ Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE.  Professor Higson, who is the Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Aston University, takes on the role from Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE OD, who has completed her three year term and devoted many hours to help the Lord-Lieutenant carry… Read more »

Ikon announces reopening

  Ikon is delighted to announce the reopening of its gallery premises in Brindleyplace, on Thursday 20 August. Ikon’s spring season of exhibitions, featuring John Newling, Judy Watson and Mariateresa Sartori had just started before closure in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was hugely disappointing for the artists, having had spent years previously… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.5   “I spent the last week picking up oddly shaped pebbles…”   34,007 Minutes   “Are you trying to get rid of me?” I smiled to myself as the teabags floated to the top of the mugs. She had decaf Yorkshire and I’d developed the habit of… Read more »

Yhonnie Scarce to return to Ikon in 2021

We are pleased to announce that Australian Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce will return to Ikon in Spring 2021 to continue her artist residency and present an exhibition of new work in Ikon’s Tower Room. Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Working with glass, Scarce explores… Read more »

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 »