Ikon Youth Programme Printmaking Showcase


Ikon Youth Programme Printmaking Showcase

Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) showcase prints made in collaboration with artists Fae Kilburn and Taiba Akhtar as part of Ikon’s exhibition Start the Press! 

Working across intaglio and relief printmaking, the group explore collagraph and dry point etching. They respond directly to the tradition of protest within printmaking, specifically the student protests which took place in art schools in the 1960s. IYP have utilised the medium to consider where they would like to see change in the world.  

Start the Press! is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year. 

About the artists 

Taiba Akhtar is an artist and printmaker based in Birmingham. Her evolving interest in language and communication binds the spoken, written and the read. Akhtar is particularly intrigued within the intaglio field, surprised by the wonders of etching and the magical nature of engraving. Her visuals stem from time and the passing of time, entangling thoughts, feelings and actions. 

Fae Kilburn is a Midlands based artist and arts facilitator. She uses a variety of printmaking techniques including monoprint, silkscreen, collagraph and etching. Kilburn’s work is inspired by history, identity and disability, often including or referring to the lived experiences of other disabled people in her work; this becomes a collaboration of their narrative and her artwork. Creating disability awareness is an important part of Kilburn’s practice. 

About Ikon Youth Programme 

With the support of Freelands Foundation, over three years (2021-24) Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) navigates the waterways on board Slow Boat, a converted narrow boat. IYP are collaborating with creative thinkers and makers to reimagine Slow Boat as a local art school. 

Exhibition Details

Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 March 2024  

Events Room, First Floor 

Free entry, please consider making a donation

Suitable for all ages

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here

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


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS



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Start the Press!
The centrepiece of Start the Press! is a vintage, flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art, taking its position in the gallery as a form of protest or occupation in the tradition of the student art-school sit-ins of the 1960s, and in response to the current challenging economic landscape. A cohort of West Midlands printmakers will operate the press, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as work is made in real time.
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Printmaking Studio: Fae Kilburn
Fae Kilburn presents a Printmaking Studio as part of Ikon’s exhibition Start the Press! (9 February – 21 April 2024).

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