EVENT16.07.2022 / 11.00am3.00pm

Drawing & painting with Rafal Zar


Join artist Rafal Zar for a drawing and painting workshop on Slow Boat, taking inspiration from Birmingham’s industrial and botanical landscape. Zar is Ikon’s artist in residence on Slow Boat during The Migrant Festival 2022, engaging with local youth groups and creating new works that fuse life, art and nature.


11am – Introduction to Zar’s practice and drawing session
12.30pm – Lunch break*
1.30pm – Workshop continues
3pm – End

*Workshop participants to bring their own lunch and Ikon will provide refreshments.

Supported by Freelands Foundation and Centrala

This event is part of The Migrant Festival 2022 and Ikon’s Arrivals programme for Summer 2022, concerned with the international movement of people and ideas and organised to coincide with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

About the artist

Rafal Zar is a painter who moved to Birmingham from Poland in 2006. With a BA in Fine Art Easel Painting from University of Silesia and an MA in Fine Art from Birmingham City University (2012), his figurative paintings are highly imaginative, investigating themes of personal identity and existential crisis. Through solo exhibitions at Birmingham Midlands Institute and Eastside Projects, Zar has shared his story of self-discovery, conveying humour, sexuality, religious trauma and a fascination with nature. His work also featured in Ikon’s exhibitions Forward(2019) and Ikon For Artists(2021).

Event Date

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Event Details

Free, suggested donation £5

Suitable for ages 16+

This event takes place on Slow Boat, moored at Minerva Works

Slow Boat is fully accessible

For additional access enquiries please contact learning@ikon-gallery.org


Minerva Works

Warwick Bar, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth
Birmingham B5 5RS

Image Credits

Images courtesy the artist



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