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The gallery spaces are engaging, spacious and child friendly. The staff are all welcoming and respectful of the children’s creative potential. This is evident in the quality of the discussions that take place and the follow up work in the gallery. - Head teacher

Before Your Visit

To help you plan your visit downloadable resources are available:

There is also a Resource Room on the second floor which is open to all visitors. This contains books, films and supporting material about the current exhibitions and information about the history of Ikon.

* except during exhibition installation periods

Practical Workshops

Ikon’s Learning team devise and facilitate practical workshops and activities that enable your pupils to explore and understand the themes of exhibitions more fully.

  • Relevant to the curriculum
  • High quality delivery
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Tailored to the key stage and specific requirements of your group
  • Practical workshops are planned by the Learning team, in consultation with the lead teacher
  • Half day (10am–12.30pm or 12.30–3pm) £150 + VAT
  • Full day (10am–3pm) £250 + VAT
  • Available all year round*
  • Workshops take place at Ikon and include a tour of the current exhibition
  • Maximum group size 30
  • Must be booked in advance

Please contact the Learning team on 0121 248 0708 or by email: learning@ikon-gallery.org

Invoices are sent to school prior to the workshop taking place. Please note, workshops cancelled within one week of the planned date incur the full cost of the workshop.

Teachers Continuous Professional Development

Ikon devises creative professional development sessions specifically for teachers. Improve your confidence and skills in a supportive environment.

For more information please contact the Learning team, on 0121 248 0708 or by email learning@ikon-gallery.org

4MAT: Art Teachers’ Network

Ikon hosts meetings of the regional Art Teachers’ Network in association with The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD). This free support network, developed by and for art teachers, meets regularly providing opportunities to share advice, expertise and experience whilst making new connections with colleagues across the region. Please contact the Learning team on 0121 248 0708 for more information.

To join 4MAT contact Ros Corser by email: roscorser@blueyonder.co.uk

Facebook Group: 4MAT UK – Birmingham & Midland art educator network

Artist Teacher Scheme

The Artist Teacher Scheme (ATS) offers artists and teachers time to think, reconnect with contemporary art practice and re-energise teaching practice. The course is based at Birmingham City University, sessions take place at Ikon Gallery and The New Art Gallery Walsall. For more information visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/artist-teacher-scheme or contact Carol Wild: carol.wild@bcu.ac.uk

Arts Award and Artsmark

Ikon is an Arts Award centre and members of the Learning team are trained advisers who deliver Arts Award Discover and Explore, as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold. We organise an annual Arts Award Summer School and can help you to deliver Arts Awards at any level as part of a visit to the gallery. Contact the Learning Team on 0121 248 0708 or email learning@ikon-gallery.org to discuss a bespoke session or series of workshops to suit your pupils’ needs.

Ikon’s Learning Team works in partnership with the regional bridge organisation, Arts Connect West Midlands, to design programmes of study and support schools in achieving Artsmark, in recognition of the excellence of their arts and cultural provision. Please contact us for more details.

Pitched just right for the group; the gallery staff spent time developing a day that was exactly what I was looking for … The pupils were challenged by both the artworks themselves and the practical activities throughout the day as the leader guided them to make links between the exhibitions and their own work.

Class Teacher

Self-guided visits

Please contact the Learning team on 0121 248 0708 to book a self-guided visit. Advance booking is essential as booked groups have priority.

There is also a Resource Room on the second floor which is open to all visitors. This contains books, films and supporting material about the current exhibitions and information about the history of Ikon.