Posts Tagged: Film/Video

IYP Film Night: People Like Us #2

Free Booking essential  Join members of Ikon Youth Programme for an evening of short films, programmed by the group, aboard the Ikon Slow Boat. IYP invite young people from around the city and beyond to view short films related to identity and contemporary culture. Ikon Youth Programme IYP is a group of young people, aged… Read more »

DESIblitz Q&A and Film Highlights

Free Booking essential  Over the past 8 months a team of journalists and filmmakers from  have been collecting personal stories from residents across Birmingham and the Black Country, capturing the real -life memories of those affected by the events of partition who made their new homes here. On the anniversary of the creation of Pakistan… Read more »

DESIblitz Documentary Screening

11am–5pm. Free Events Room Celebrating the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this documentary will reveal the influence this event has had on Birmingham and Black Country residents, highlighting the memories and impact it made on the Indian and Pakistani population already in Britain and those who decided to take up British residency. It also shows… Read more »

Kan Xuan

Ikon shows the first UK exhibition by renowned Chinese artist Kan Xuan (born 1972, Anhui province), presenting a wide selection of single screen video pieces made since the late 1990s. Refreshingly unpretentious and economical in style, with familiar subject matter, they are profoundly philosophical about the nature of human life. Kan Xuan’s work is often… Read more »

Exhibition review

By Carmen, Ikon Youth Programme member Set across three different rooms, the work of Dinh Q. Lê, Janet Mendelsohn and Kelly Mark is as diverse as it is connected. All three exhibitions focus on the contrasting relationship between the individual and the space they inhabit; whether this be natural, urban or psychological. Changing from a… Read more »

The Colony

Ikon, in collaboration with Artangel, presents The Colony (2016), a major new commission of video work by acclaimed Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê. In three parts, featuring newly filmed footage, The Colony is loosely based on nineteenth century depictions of a cluster of islands off the west coast of Peru, rich in guano, a powerful fertilizer. Exploring the drama of absurdity,… Read more »

Artists for Ikon

Ikon’s 50th anniversary celebrations culminate with Artists for Ikon, an exhibition followed by a major art auction at Sotheby’s, London. Works have been generously donated by some of the most important contemporary artists, all of whom have exhibited at the gallery including Hurvin Anderson, Giovanni Anselmo, Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Christiane Baumgartner, Martin Creed, Ian… Read more »

Open Social

Free A chance for young people to visit the exhibitions and enjoy film screenings and workshops, organised in collaboration with Reel Access to coincide with Flatpack Film Festival. Booking is essential, please email Claire Bird at or call Ikon on 0121 248 0708. Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) is a group of young people, aged 15–19 years… Read more »

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First Floor Galleries and Tower Room Please note the Tower Room is only accessible via a number of steps Ikon presents a new exhibition of work by A K Dolven, one of Norway’s most prominent artists. Through a variety of media – painting, installation, film and sound – she is concerned essentially with the representation… Read more »


Second Floor Galleries This is the first solo exhibition of work by Nástio Mosquito, emerging to be one of the most exciting artists of his generation. Rooted in the broadcast industry, where Mosquito worked previously as director and cameraman, his artistic practice is extraordinary for its energy, intelligence and wit. It is as funny as… Read more »

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