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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 »

Get creative at home and in school

While the gallery is temporarily closed, we continue to share our exhibitions and activities via our digital channels. Please visit Ikon’s website and engage with us via social media. Explore Krištof Kintera’s exhibition THE END OF FUN! online and get creative at home. Online Family Activity: Brain Masks  Make your own masks inspired by the… Read more »

Free Activity Packs

Get creative at school or home and download our free Activity Packs inspired by our current Krištof Kintera exhibition. They include practical activities for Early Years, Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. Download               

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.6 “Normality is man’s attempt to cover up disorder.” 36,375 Minutes I re-read the text message that I had composed in order to check for any errors before pressing send. ‘Hi James – I have to work tomorrow (I’m back in the School… Read more »

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 »