Family13.05.2022
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May Family Saturday
Crivelli Fruit Salad
Families created colourful hanging fruit paper garlands in response to the symbolic fruits and use of illusionism in Carlo Crivelli’s paintings.
Family20.04.2022
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Free Activity Packs
Ikon’s activity packs (Key Stages 1 – 3) are designed for creative learning at school or home. Inspired by Ikon’s exhibitions by Carlo Crivelli.
HMP Grendon08.04.2022
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Notes from HMP Grendon
By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon. “What is a ‘good’ man? That’s still the question…”
Offsite07.04.2022
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Yhonnie Scarce
Australian Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Back in Birmingham for a residency until late-May, Scarce working with glass, explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of the material – in particular corresponding to the crystallisation of desert sand as a result of British nuclear tests on her homeland during 1956-63.
HMP Grendon23.03.2022
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A journey through the therapy looking glass
Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees, features a monthly column by Nick London (a pseudonym) giving insight into the therapy undertaken at HMP Grendon. The latest issue demonstrates how Dean Kelland’s artist residency supports therapeutic practice at the prison
Offsite28.02.2022
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Hew Locke: Foreign Exchange
From 14 June 2022, Birmingham’s city-centre sculpture of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square is reimagined by acclaimed Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke,  presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival.
News11.02.2022
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Statements of Thanks
Following the announcement that Jonathan Watkins is stepping down as Director of Ikon, the Board of Trustees and Arts Council England released the following statements:
News10.02.2022
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Farewell to Ikon - Jonathan Watkins, Director
Twenty-three years on, it is with strong mixed emotions that I announce my stepping down as the Director of Ikon in October. It is a job I’ve loved – more and more, in fact – but a still small voice is telling me that now is the right time to strike out in pursuit of new adventures.
Family07.01.2022
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Free Activity Packs
Ikon’s activity packs (Key Stages 1 – 4) are designed for creative learning at school or home. Inspired by Ikon’s exhibitions by Betsy Bradley and James T. Hong.
NEWS16.12.2021
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John Salt
1937 – 2021
Ikon Shop08.12.2021
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Christmas Gift ideas 2021
Choose Ikon for your Christmas shopping this year! Browse our books, prints, stationery, jewellery, homeware and gifts in person at the gallery or online.
Exhibitions17.11.2021
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Forward Programme 2022-23
Ikon is delighted to announce plans for 2022-23 including exhibitions, off-site projects and events.
Ikon Youth Programme11.11.2021
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IYP Journal
By Rosie Abbey, Ikon Youth Programme Coordinator
NEWS14.10.2021
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A gift to Birmingham with Vanley Burke
This Autumn, Ikon partners with Migrant Voice and the School of Education, University of Birmingham on a project with artist Vanley Burke.
HMP Grendon12.10.2021
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Notes from HMP Grendon
By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon
NEWS29.09.2021
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Free Activity Packs
Ikon’s activity packs are designed for creative learning at school or home. Inspired by Ikon’s exhibitions by Mit Jai Inn and Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon.
Ikon Shop22.09.2021
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Shop: Exhibition Collection
Browse Ikon’s catalogues and limited editions, produced to accompany our Autumn exhibitions by Mit Jai Inn and Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon.
News09.08.2021
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Jesse Bruton
Ikon Founder Artist 1933 – 2021Jesse Bruton was a founder of Ikon, first opening its doors to the public in April 1965, and a loyal supporter of the gallery to the end. His 2016 retrospective was one of Ikon’s most popular exhibitions, a reminder for old friends of his unique imagination and artistic talent, and a revelation for younger audiences.
Events06.08.2021
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The Migrant Festival
Ikon presents the third annual Migrant Festival. A four day programme mixing visual art, music, film and performance, it celebrates the contribution made by refugees and migrants to Birmingham and the UK, whilst bearing witness to the hardships and sacrifices involved.

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