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 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. More information.