Housed in a dramatic Victorian school building, students can explore Ikon’s galleries and find out more about the exhibitions and history of Ikon since its beginnings in 1964.


To help you plan your visit downloadable resources are available including activity packs and exhibition information.


60-minute guided tours (£30) are available for groups, providing specialist insight and opportunities. Advance booking is essential for both guided and self-guided tours. Maximum group size – 30 students.

Please read Ikon’s Group Visit Risk Assessment before booking.

Hew Locke
Foreign Exchange
B2022 Schools Offer

Birmingham’s city-centre sculpture of Queen Victoria is reimagined by Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke for the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Locke’s vision is to create an “object of veneration, leading a battalion of other statues to represent the home nation throughout the Empire.”

Locke’s interest in the power of statues originates from his childhood in Guyana where he passed a sculpture of Queen Victoria every day on the way to school. He has been reimagining historical statues for twenty years.

B2022 Schools offer includes:

Free Activity Packs
Tours + Workshops from June 2022
Schools Showcase (20 – 31 July 2022)

Hew Locke standing in front of his sculpture Foreign Exchange with Small Heath Leadership Academy students


Arts Award

Ikon is an Arts Award centre with members of the Learning team who are trained to deliver Arts Award  at any level as part of a visit to the gallery.


Ikon is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

To find out how Ikon can support your Artsmark or Arts Award journey contact the Learning Team on 0121 248 0708 or email to discuss a tour or practical workshop to suit your pupils’ needs.

Find out more about Artsmark at

Pitched just right for the group; the gallery staff spent time developing a day that was exactly what I was looking for … The pupils were challenged by both the artworks themselves and the practical activities throughout the day as the leader guided them to make links between the exhibitions and their own work.

Class Teacher


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Ikon Exhibition Programme 2022-23
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