Posts Tagged: Birmingham

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 »

Spring on Ikon Slow Boat

It’s been a great spring on board Ikon Slow Boat! A converted narrow boat, Slow Boat is a unique floating space for local communities and artists to make and experience art in a stimulating and creative environment. Here’s an update of what’s been happening on board: Remembering Cucumbers     Artist Kirsty Clarke led a two-part fermenting… Read more »

Meet Larissa Shaw: Forward Artist

Ikon talks to artist Larissa Shaw, who participates in Forward: New Art from Birmingham, to hear more about her tactile work, process driven approach and her connection to Birmingham. Follow this series of blog posts to hear more from artists exhibiting work in Forward. Ikon has also produced interviews, filmed at the artists’ studios, which will be released over… Read more »

Behind the new Birmingham Forward crest: Katharine Wade

You may recall Ikon’s 2018 exhibition Young Birmingham Artists: Ikon artists from the 1960s that looked back at work by Ikon’s founding artists, now we look forward. Forward: New Art from Birmingham is open at Medicine Bakery and Gallery until 24 March and showcases work from a thriving community of contemporary artists who represent the culture in… Read more »

Meet Antonio Roberts: Forward Artist

Ikon’s new exhibition Forward: New Art from Birmingham opened last week at Medicine Bakery and Gallery. We interviewed artist Antonio Roberts to hear more about his digital artwork, artistic interests and how he sees Birmingham as a place of community. Follow this series of blog posts to hear more from Forward participating artists. Ikon has also produced interviews,… 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 »

A visit to West Midlands Police Museum

By Pete James, independent photographic historian and curator Earlier this month I had the opportunity to fulfill a long-held ambition – I finally got to see the collodion positive portraits of criminals in the West Midlands Police Museum. The opportunity to view these amazing objects came through an invitation to deliver a talk in response to… Read more »

Balsall Heath Instameet

By Annabell Lamba from IGersBirmingham A very special Instameet took place on 5 March 2016 in collaboration with Ikon, where 50 members of the IGersBirmingham community descended on Balsall Heath, to take pictures inspired by the photographs taken in the area by Janet Mendelsohn during the 1960s. Mendelsohn’s photographs document the everyday stories of life… Read more »

Art Happens: crowd-funding for Ikon

Ikon is delighted to announce our partnership with Art Happens, a new national crowd-funding initiative from the Art Fund. For Ikon, Art Happens focuses on encouraging donations for our 2015 exhibition with Birmingham based artist Vanley Burke. Born in Jamaica in 1951, Burke has lived in the city since 1965 and is renowned as a… Read more »

New Museum

Since 2009 Ikon has been actively promoting the idea of a new museum of contemporary art in Birmingham, believing that this city – the largest city in the UK besides London – should offer much more in terms of visual arts provision. The first part of a feasibility study was undertaken and a central location… Read more »

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