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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 »

Q&A with Sofia Hultén

Berlin-based artist Sofia Hultén grew up in Birmingham during a time of major industrial decline. This contextualises her choice of subject matter and materials, using found mass-produced objects and industrial waste as the basis for her philosophical, humourous curiosities. Having trained as a sculptor at Sheffield Hallam University, she now redefines our pre-existing idea of ‘sculpture’,… Read more »

Culture Feast Launched

Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create Culture Feast: a joint ticket that gives access to six theatre, dance, music and art events all for £25 total. With a single purchase, art fans will get tickets for a theatre production by Stan’s Cafe, a dance show from DanceXchange, a videogame with live… Read more »

Ikon Slow Boat – Artist-in-residence: James Lomax

By James Lomax, Ikon Slow Boat artist-in-residence  This is the first time I have taken a more focused approach to research with my practice and I was keen to take a step back from the physical aspects of my work over the course of the residency. The outcome is a large new photographic archive and a… Read more »

A Portrait of the Artist

Jonathan Watkins (Ikon Director) asks Frances Carey (former Deputy Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum) five questions about Käthe Kollwitz.  Why do you like Käthe Kollwitz’s work? For its strength of conviction combined with a bold and ever inventive approach to her means of execution. Her graphic art often has a monumental… Read more »