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Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.8 “How much is too much masculinity?” 37,003 Minutes I cupped my hand over my mouth and tried to quash the unexpected howl that was squealing out of me. She had been in hospital for a week now and whilst I thought that… Read more »

We are hiring

Would you like to join the Ikon team? We are hiring for three exciting roles. Ikon Youth Programme Coordinator Slow Boat Coordinator Digital Producer Visit the jobs page for more information and application packs.

Watch now: Joe Lycett – These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

To mark the opening of Ikon for Artists, award winning comedian, writer, artist and television host, Joe Lycett, discusses his eight favourite works of art with Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director. Ikon for Artists is an exhibition of artworks for sale by over 250 Birmingham artists, including Joe Lycett. 100% of the proceeds from artwork sales… Read more »

Watch now: Ikon for Artists Introduction

Watch an interview with Melanie Pocock, Ikon Curator, to learn more about Ikon for Artists. Ikon for Artists is an exhibition of artworks for sale by over 250 Birmingham artists. Submitted through an open call, work in a range of media is presented both in the gallery and online. 100% of the proceeds from artwork… Read more »

Ikon Youth Programme awarded funding from Freelands Foundation

Ikon is delighted to announce the support of Freelands Foundation in developing Ikon Youth Programme (IYP), which for ten years has navigated Slow Boat around the waterways of the West Midlands and beyond. During 2021-2024, we will expand the alternative curriculum offered by IYP, raising fundamental questions concerning the definition and relevance of art against a… Read more »

Ikon to receive funding from Culture Recovery Fund

Ikon is delighted to announce we have received a grant of £129,473 from the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Ikon, in the latest round of support from… Read more »

Watch now: Artist’s Talk – Haroon Mirza

Artist Haroon Mirza discusses his new audiovisual work, year zero (2020) with artist Jack Jelfs, Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation and President, The Africa Institute, and Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director.


Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) and Black Hole Club (BLKHLCLB) continue their online collaboration. Work in progress from recent workshops facilitated by Black Hole Club artists:  Graphic by IYP’s Muskeen responding to the question, “what do you value?”⁣   IYP’s notes from the workshops   Screenshots from the workshops exploring collaborative use of software IYP is a non-selective group for… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.7 “What does an inner-city Birmingham boy know about landscapes?” 36,375 Minutes I glanced over at the clock. It digitally danced 02:16 and after confirming the time I returned my gaze to the view out of the bedroom window. I can see the… Read more »

Family Saturday: Collage workshop with artist Nilupa Yasmin

Thank you to all of the families who took part in our recent Family Saturday workshop with artist Nilupa Yasmin. Families were introduced to Ikon’s current exhibition Faster Than Ever before creating their own artworks, playing and experimenting with different collage materials and techniques.