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Meet Ken Banks: Forward Artist

In the run-up to Ikon’s new exhibtion Forward: New Art from Birmingham, artist Ken Banks discusses his artwork, process and feelings about Birmingham. This is the second in a series of blog posts about artists featuring in Forward. Ikon has also produced filmed interviews, at the artists’ studios which will be released over the course of the exhibition…. Read more »

Meet Ally Standing: Forward Artist

Ahead of the opening of Forward: New Art from Birmingham, artist Ally Standing talks to Ikon about her art practice, what she’s exhibiting and her thoughts on being an artist in Birmingham. The first in a series of blog posts – stay tuned to hear more from artists participating in Forward. A series of artist video interviews,… Read more »

Critical Sound

By artist Larissa E. Shaw Haroon Mirza is an artist whose work I have followed for the last 6 years, since his exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol, in 2012. Until fairly recently, sound in mainstream art has tended for the most part to avoid critical discussion. The notion that sound is a valid and critical… Read more »

Art at HMP Grendon 2018

Art at HMP Grendon, the annual art exhibition was held at the prison on 27 November. The exhibition was organised by inmates of HMP Grendon under the supervision of artst-in-residence Edmund Clark. In addition to the men as well as the staff, the event was visited by over 65 invited guests. The event, held at… Read more »

Love Culture, Hate Cuts

  We need your support! Please sign our petition to reverse the proposed cuts to cultural funding in the Birmingham City Council 2019 Budget. Since 2010 most of Birmingham’s main cultural organisations have already faced cuts of around 80%. Birmingham City Council are now proposing a further cut of nearly 50% in their grants to arts and cultural… Read more »

Shop Ikon Limited Editions this Christmas

Still looking for that extra special gift? Why not consider giving the gift of art this Christmas! Ikon works with exhibiting artists to produce a range of affordable limited editions. Both established and emerging artists make work for sale and all profits support Ikon’s charitable and educational programme. From photographic prints by Vanley Burke, Boyd… Read more »

Meet the Maker — Jo McChesney

With less than one week to go until the Winter Craft Market, we are excited to announce one of our stall holders, Jo McChesney, an artist printmaker and member of Leicester Society of Artists.  Our Communications & Development Assistant, Heather, had a chat with Jo to find out more. Hi Jo, can you tell us a bit… Read more »

Interview with Justin Wiggan about Dreamboat

Interested in dreams and memories? Explore the Dreamboat Showcase open 7–11 November, 11am–5pm Wednesday–Saturday and Sunday 11am–3pm. Co-curated with Ikon Youth Programme and Slow Boat artist in residence Justin Wiggan, this showcase comprises documents from the Dreamboat project – a sleep laboratory in which artistic scores are played as dream prompts – including interviews with the participants and scientists involved. Keep… Read more »

Meet the Maker — Atypical Thing

From Ikon’s exhibition programme and events, through to Ikon Shop, we always aim to support both emerging and established artists and creatives. Showcasing the best of local Birmingham makers, Ikon Gallery hosts a Winter Craft Market on 15 November, set in the stunning exhibition of Polly Apfelbaum. This will be a perfect chance to find unique… Read more »

HMP Cooking and Equality

HMP Cooking and Equality come from M James’ Crime, Love and Literature, a collection of a total of 21 poems, which received a Platinum Award at this year’s Koestler Awards. HMP Cooking I was raw from the gangster’s butchers On Poverty Street. Grilled in a police station, Packaged in a cell like meat, Seasoned up… Read more »