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.
A full list of works available to purchase will be posted online from Tuesday 4 May and buyers will liaise directly with the individual makers.
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.