Ikon Eastside – Ikon’s exhibition space in Digbeth, Birmingham – is to close in April 2011, due to cuts in public funding.
Ikon has been at the heart of artistic life in Eastside for over five years, occupying two disused industrial buildings before settling at 183 Fazeley Street in 2008. A unique exhibition space for large-scale works, video and events, Ikon Eastside has hosted work by internationally recognised artists such as Andy Warhol (USA), Damián Ortega (Mex), Józef Robakowski (Pol) and Siobhan Davies Dance (UK). Ikon Eastside has been a key venue for cultural festivals such as Flatpack, Supersonic and the International Dance Festival, and its presence has encouraged new artist-led ventures to happen in the area.
Ikon intends to continue its involvement with the Eastside district through site-specific events and through its membership of the Eastside Contemporary Art Consortium, a group dedicated to promoting cultural regeneration.
The final event at Ikon Eastside will be Rites of Spring, a celebratory three day music festival during 7-9 April featuring such artists as Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, Modified Toy Orchestra and epic45.
Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director, said: “We are extremely saddened to be losing Ikon Eastside, but our commitment to bringing internationally recognised art to the city is unwavering. Looking to the future, our goal remains to create a permanent museum of contemporary art for Birmingham.”
Ikon’s main galleries in Brindleyplace will remain open as normal. The current feasibility study into the proposed museum of contemporary art for Birmingham (‘Ikon Two’) is also unaffected.