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In 1964, the generosity of an extraordinary couple, Angus and Midge Skene, enabled a small group of artists to realise their dream of starting a gallery dedicated to showing contemporary art. Thus Ikon was born, an artist-run gallery staffed by volunteers.

Since then Ikon has gone from strength to strength, earning its reputation today for innovation, internationalism and excellence. The importance of patronage is no less important now than it was fifty years ago. As public funding has become increasingly difficult to secure, Ikon is dependent on individuals giving more than ever before. We invite you to join a proud tradition to ensure that, through Ikon, contemporary art continues to be an important part of public life, inspiring tens of thousands of people every year.

There are two levels for individual patronage, indicating two different levels of engagement and recognition of your generosity.

For more information please contact Sam Newman on 0121 248 0708 or email



Ikon Patron

£250 per year or £21 per month

Patrons are important members of the Ikon family. Their support plays a crucial role in ensuring that we can continue with our ambitious and innovative artistic programme, including exhibitions, learning and outreach projects.

In recognition of your generosity you will receive:

  • Curator-led tours of all Ikon exhibitions for you and a guest
  • Invitations (x2) to an Annual Supporter Event, celebrating your contribution to Ikon’s exhibitions and learning activity, whilst outlining our future plans.
  • Invitation to all Opening Receptions, giving you a first glimpse of new exhibitions
  • A complimentary copy of Ikon’s exhibition catalogues
  • A 10% discount at Ikon Shop including artists’ limited editions
  • Recognition as a valued patron on Ikon’s  website

Become a Patron

Ikon Benefactor

£1000 per year or £84 per month

Benefactors have a close relationship with Ikon, supporting either all areas of our work or specific exhibitions and projects that have a personal resonance.

In recognition of your generosity, in addition to those listed for Ikon Patrons, you will receive tailored benefits plus:

  • Invitations (x2) to Ikon’s Annual Programme Launch and other special events.
  • Invitations (x2) to all Exhibition Opening Lunches, featuring a talk by the Director and attended by exhibiting artists, Ikon supporters and other VIPs

Become a Benefactor

Pay Monthly

If you would like to become an Ikon Corporate Associate, Patron or Benefactor and would prefer to pay by a monthly or annual standing order please download our standing order form and return it to Sam Newman, Head of Communications:

Download standing order form

Thank you to our Patrons and Benefactors

Paul Aston; Lulu Badr; Adrian Bland; Simon Chapman; Angela Choon; Thomas Dane; Jean Denning; Victoria Denning; Robert Goddard; Patzi Haslimann; John Hayes; Ian Hyde; Peter Jenkins; Tom & Yvonne Jones; Stephen & Sigrid Kirk; Jeanette Koch; David & Mary Lodge; Oliver Longmore; Tom Merilion; Stephen Pallister; Jasmin Pelham; Jonathan Seville; Daniel Vigrass; Jonathan Watkins; Jonathan Wearing; John White; Richard Wilkinson; and those who wish to remain anonymous.