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The gallery spaces are engaging, spacious and child friendly. The staff are all welcoming and respectful of the children’s creative potential. This is evident in the quality of the discussions that take place and the follow up work in the gallery. - Head teacher

Practical Workshops

Ikon invites schools to visit our exhibitions and take part in activities tailored to your curriculum.  We aim to:

  • Provide a unique gallery experience in close proximity to original works of art
  • Encourage discussion around artistic forms, techniques and subjects
  • Draw out key themes of the historical, social, cultural and global context of art
  • Develop ideas, knowledge and understanding through artist-led workshops
  • Explore media in drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and clay
  • Workshops take place at Ikon and include a tour of the current exhibition
  • Maximum group size 30

Please check out our full schools offer and contact the Learning team by email:


Before Your Visit

To help you plan your visit downloadable resources are available:


There is also a Resource Room on the second floor which is open to all visitors. This contains books, films and supporting material about the current exhibitions.


Teachers Continuous Professional Development

Inspired by our current exhibitions, Ikon devises Creative Teacher Retreats. These provide an alternative environment to develop your own artistic practice while contextualising  your learning background. Hosted by the Ikon Learning Team and a visiting artist these events are organised in collaboration with regional teacher’s network 4MAT and Birmingham Educational Partnership.

Please check our What’s On page for upcoming events.


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. Contact the Learning Team on 0121 248 0708 or email to discuss a tour or practical workshop to suit your pupils’ needs.

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