Posts Tagged: Photography

IYP Darkroom Workshop

By Saffiyah Khan, Ikon Youth Programme member In light of Janet Mendelsohn’s recent Varna Road exhibition, 12 members of the IYP (Ikon Youth Programme) took part in a darkroom workshop with film photographer, Effy Harle. The aim of the workshop was to experiment with 35mm film techniques used by Mendelsohn during the late 1960s. However,… Read more »

Balsall Heath Instameet

By Annabell Lamba from IGersBirmingham A very special Instameet took place on 5 March 2016 in collaboration with Ikon, where 50 members of the IGersBirmingham community descended on Balsall Heath, to take pictures inspired by the photographs taken in the area by Janet Mendelsohn during the 1960s. Mendelsohn’s photographs document the everyday stories of life… 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 »

More Birmingham Instagram showcase

Throughout 2015 Visit Birmingham, the city’s official leisure tourism programme, has worked with photographers and organisations across the city to host a series of Instameets. Bringing together hundreds of people from Birmingham and beyond, these events have resulted in photographs that show Birmingham through the eyes of the people who live in and love the… 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 »

Art Happens

Ikon continues with a final push to raise £17,000 needed to realise our summer exhibition, At Home with Vanley Burke, through our partnership with Art Happens, a new national crowd-funding initiative from the Art Fund. For Ikon, Art Happens focuses on encouraging donations for our 2015 exhibition with Birmingham based artist Vanley Burke. Born in… Read more »

Saddam is Here

Ikon presents the first solo exhibition of Jamal Penjweny, including photography and video works reflecting on life in Iraq today. Born in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1981, Penjweny started his artistic career as a sculptor and painter, moving into photography whilst supporting himself by working as a shepherd and, latterly, a café proprietor. His work… Read more »

Life:Still Showcase

FREE Ikon Events Room Life:Still is an ongoing project developing dialogue between Ikon and Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice. The unique history of the hospice, as the former home of photographer and politician Sir Benjamin Stone (1838–1914), has led Life:Still to take inspiration from the collection of Stone’s images housed in the Library of Birmingham’s photographic… Read more »


Tower Room Exhibition Please note the Tower Room is only accessible via a number of steps German artist Nina Könnemann uses photography, film and animation to convey her observations on human behaviour, especially that happening in subcultures. Her video Bann (2012) features workers in the City of London smoking, hidden in shadows of the marble-lined… Read more »

Photography Summer School

11am–5pm, £45 (£35 concessions: students, unwaged, 60+) Join artist Pete Ashton for a one day intensive photography class. Taking inspiration from Ikon’s Shimabuku exhibition, participants create photographs that explore and pay homage to the myths and legends of Birmingham. Please bring a digital camera/SLR or just your camera phone. Suitable for all levels of ability,… Read more »

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