In response to the spread of COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and partners, Ikon Gallery is closed until August. Reopening date to be announced soon.

Our online shop remains open for business. Please support Ikon through these challenging times by making a purchase or donation online. Find out more.

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Free Resources Before Your Visit

To help you plan your visit downloadable resources are available:

Our Schools Offer

Learning Resource

KS1 Activity Pack

KS2 Activity Pack

KS3 Activity Pack

John Newling  Exhibition Guide

Judy Watson Exhibition Guide

Risk Assessment

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.



You can follow your guided tour with a practical workshop for students to process their ideas around the current exhibition.

The workshops translate the ideas generated in the gallery into practical art skills.

Workshops take place at Ikon, in the galleries and in our separate Events Room and include a tour of the current exhibition.

Please look at our full schools offer to see how you can visit Ikon.

Contact the Learning team by email:


Arts Award and Artsmark

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.

Find out more about Artsmark at

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.

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