HMP Grendon27.09.2023
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Notes from HMP Grendon
Racing Thoughts No. 19 – the latest post by Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist residence at HMP Grendon.
Slow Boat29.08.2023
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Slow Boat Journeys 2
In June, Slow Boat was moored up in Stourbridge, a West Midlands town renowned for its integral role in the glass industry during the industrial revolution. 
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Interview: Maryam Wahid
Redbrick Culture Editor Ilina Jha interviews Maryam Wahid about her upcoming exhibition Dreams of Brum, which will be presented at Ikon Gallery as part of The Migrant Festival 2023. Reproduced with kind permission from Redbrick.
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Schools Showcase: Creative Connections
This showcase is a celebration of artworks made by pupils from thirteen Birmingham primary schools during Spring/Summer 2023, as part of Creative Connections, the regional schools’ consortia.
Slow Boat29.06.2023
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Slow Boat Journeys
Slow Boat began its Year 2 tour of Birmingham and the West Midlands in Walsall, moored up outside The New Art Gallery Walsall. 
HMP Grendon19.06.2023
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Notes from HMP Grendon
Racing Thoughts No. 18 – the latest post by Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon.
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Melati Suryodarmo
Last week we launched our new exhibition with Melati Suryodarmo, Passionate Pilgrim. Melati Suryodarmo is one of Indonesia’s most important living artists, known for her strenuous durational performances that last several hours, testing the limits of the human mind and body
Slow Boat19.05.2023
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Slow Boat Year Two Review
The Slow Boat Year Two Review took place on 2 March 2023. Ikon Youth Programme collaborated with project evaluator, artist and educator Cathy Wade to produce the event, which reflected on the Slow Boat 2022-23 programme. Eight artist-educators were invited to conduct activities as stimuli for evaluative discussion.  
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Coronation Tales
This April, Ikon, in partnership with the Summit Learning Trust, commissioned visual arts duo Hipkiss & Graney to deliver a series of creative workshops for primary, secondary and college students across the eight academies that make up the Trust. The workshops, produced to coincide with the Coronation of King Charles III, encouraged learners to think critically about art and engage in dialogue about our cultural history and collective futures, and respond to it through meaningful creative and practical activities. 
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Blossom Photography Competition Winners
We were delighted to receive over 600 entries to the Brindley Cherry Blossoms Photography Competition earlier this month. Organised in partnership with Brindleyplace, Ikon invited visitors to capture the cherry blossom trees in Oozells Square, and we can now announce the winners.
HMP Grendon17.04.2023
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Racing Thoughts No.17 – the latest post by Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon.
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Brindley Cherry Blossoms Photography Competition
Brindleyplace and Ikon are encouraging you to capture the blooming of the Cherry Blossoms in Oozells Square by holding a Brindley Cherry Blossoms Photography Competition.
HMP Grendon09.02.2023
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The latest post by Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon.
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National Treasures 2024
Ikon is proud to be a partner in National Treasures 2024, a key strand of the programme celebrating The National Gallery’s Bicentenary.    
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Birmingham's Brutalist Buildings
The authors of the critically acclaimed book Birmingham: The Brutiful Years tell us about their favourite Brutalist buildings in Birmingham.
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Mali Morris: Calling
Ikon announces its Winter 2023 exhibition with British artist Mali Morris.
HMP Grendon26.01.2023
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Art at HMP Grendon: There is no masterpiece
Ikon presents There is no masterpiece, the first exhibition at the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Studio at HMP Grendon, Buckinghamshire.  
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Annual Review: 2022
As we approach the end of 2022, we would like to thank everyone who has supported Ikon during the year. We remain committed to offering free experiences of art for all, including our exhibitions, off-site projects, talks, tours and workshops.
HMP Grendon08.12.2022
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Notes from HMP Grendon
The latest post by Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon. “It started with a seemingly insignificant series of e-mail notifications. None of which I responded to. In that lack of response lay the catalyst for a decision to retrace steps and try to find or re-find the roots of what I do. It is no surprise that after 25 years as an educator, 100 miles an hour, week in week out I would feel a sense of loss.”
Ikon Shop25.11.2022
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Ikon x Window Artists
Take a look at Ikon Shop’s newly commissioned window illustration by Window Artists for our winter exhibition, Horror in the Modernist Block. Birmingham-based Window Artists take their inspiration from their love of the city’s brutalist architecture, as well as the natural world and how it intersects with the urban landscape.
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Forward Programme 2023
Ikon announces its future exhibitions and education programmes for 2023. Find out what’s coming up!
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Ikon Team Update
Ikon enters a new phase in its history as Jonathan Watkins, Director since 1999, has completed his time leading the gallery. During the coming period members of the current senior management team will take on new roles and responsibilities.

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