Ikon reopens after lockdown*, devoting its galleries to 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 sales go directly to the artists. Formed in response to Covid-19, Ikon for Artists aims to support local artists whose income has been impacted by the pandemic.
In December 2020 Ikon launched an open call, inviting Birmingham-based artists to submit one artwork with a value of up to £1,000. There was no curatorial selection process and no submission fee. Guidelines required participants to demonstrate they have been practising full-time or part-time as an artist in Birmingham, and submissions were welcomed in a range of media including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, sculpture and video. The works are exhibited in the order applications were received.
Ikon looks forward to welcoming visitors back to the gallery and provides a Covid-safe environment with a one-way system, hand sanitiser stations and reduced capacity. Visitors are required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and book in advance, full guidelines available here.
Ikon for Artists launches with a digital event with Joe Lycett, comedian and participating artist. These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things sees Lycett share his ten favourite works of art with Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director. Details to be announced.
Ikon for Artists is a two-week exhibition.
Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Bank Holiday Monday, 11am – 6pm
Free entry, donations welcome.
*Please note all dates are subject to change, in particular as a result of Government announcements relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.