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Ming de Nasty – LADYWOOD

By Kaye Winwood, Looping the Loop Producer Ming de Nasty is currently artist in residence on Ikon’s Slow Boat. We asked her about LADYWOOD –  a series of portraits of female refugees that are displayed around the Soho Loop.          Can you explain what the project is? LADYWOOD consists of 3 metre high photographs pasted… Read more »

Making Knots with Maral Mamaghanizadeh

By Kaye Winwood, Looping the Loop Producer On Wednesday 25 July, artist and Ladywood resident Maral Mamaghanizadeh is leading a workshop on Ikon’s Slow Boat. Participants will create piece of jewellery inspired by Francis Alÿs’ work Exodus 3:14, an animation of 670 drawings of a woman tying a knot in her hair which is currently on show at… Read more »

An afternoon on Ikon Slow Boat

By Oliver, King Edwards VI Five Ways School, Birmingham          My name is Oliver and I am a student from King Edwards VI Five Ways school in Birmingham and I have just completed a week of work experience at Ikon (9-13 July 2018). The week was a blast and with each day working at… Read more »

The Migrant Festival

From 14–17 June, Ikon hosted The Migrant Festival; a four day festival fusing themes of migration, fashion, art and music. Curated by fashion designer Osman Yousefzada, it was organised to coincide with his exhibition at Ikon Being Somewhere Else (6–29 June 2018). Events included a film screening of The True Cost (2015) with an e-introduction by Executive… Read more »

Model Making Workshops at Glenn Howells Architects

By Beth Astington, Glenn Howells Architects  Ikon Gallery and Glenn Howells Architects have been linked for thirteen years through Glenn’s membership of the gallery’s Board of Directors, including being its Chair in recent years. To mark the end of his tenure as Chair GHA sponsored Ikon’s current exhibition Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe… Read more »

A visit to West Midlands Police Museum

By Pete James, independent photographic historian and curator Earlier this month I had the opportunity to fulfill a long-held ambition – I finally got to see the collodion positive portraits of criminals in the West Midlands Police Museum. The opportunity to view these amazing objects came through an invitation to deliver a talk in response to… Read more »

Interview with Edmund Clark

In this film artist artist Edmund Clark talks about his Ikon exhibition – In Place of Hate (6 December 2017 – 11 March 2018).

Thomas Bock exhibition: Interview with Jane Stewart

In this film, Jane Stewart (Principle Curator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) gives an insight into the life and work of Thomas Bock. Thomas Bock’s exhibition is currently on show at Ikon until 11 March 2018.  

Connections by Mahtab Hussain

By Mahtab Hussain, Ikon Slow Boat artist-in-residence  Last month, I was hugely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to spend time at Ladywood Health and Community Centre where I met local residents who were, not only connected to the centre, but also to the towers nearby. I was interested in the towers because for two years… Read more »

Q&A with The Makers

Here at Ikon, we aim to support both emerging and established artists and creatives. As a way of showcasing local makers, Ikon Gallery is hosting a Winter Craft Market on 14 December 4-8pm, with a late night opening of the galleries. This will be a perfect chance to find those last-minute Christmas presents, and you… Read more »