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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 »

Notes from Grendon – Koestler Awards Entries 2019

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon Each year Koestler Arts award and give feedback to over 3000 people across 50 categories for submitting artwork. This year there were over 60 entries from HMP Grendon, including painting, drawing, poetry and mixed media. Written feedback from judges and volunteers forms a key part of… Read more »

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Forward Programme 2020-21

Ikon is delighted to announce plans for 2020-21 including exhibitions, off-site projects and events. Highlights include shows entirely of new work by Birmingham-born John Newling and Australian Aboriginal artists Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, a major survey of the 1990s seen through the lens of Ikon’s exhibition programme, a UK debut for internationally acclaimed Czech artist Krištof Kintera and… Read more »

How to Make a Leaping Hare

Did you know Cass Art sponsor our Learning Programme? Watch this video to see our Family Team use Cass Art materials to make Barry Flanagan inspired leaping hares. Roll and cut your own leaping hares!

Claudia Losi – Being There Performance

Claudia Losi’s Being There includes this site-specific performance along Birmingham’s canals. Developed with Collettivo Amigdala and vocal researcher Meike Clarelli, this performance features an assortment of local singers. This event is part of Looping the Loop, a socially responsive programme on Slow Boat that takes place between canal and community spaces, offering a vehicle for… Read more »

OTO at Ikon: David Toop

In the early 1970s, Carlyle Reedy, Paul Burwell and David Toop were invited to perform in Flanagan’s exhibition at the Rowan Gallery, London, though little remains of this improvised performance as it was not recorded or filmed. For Ikon, Toop explores the ghostliness of such events, disinterring memories from virtually nothing – a photograph, voices… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon      “Somewhere in my drawer upstairs I have an original Frank Sidebottom badge that she had given me years ago.” 6,120 Minutes First handover day…on the train from Birmingham Moor Street…mind racing and thinking through ways I can work. Three years is longer than I… Read more »