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Q&A with The Makers

Here at Ikon, we aim to support both emerging and established artists and creatives. As a way of showcasing local makers, Ikon Gallery is hosting a Winter Craft Market on 14 December 4-8pm, with a late night opening of the galleries. This will be a perfect chance to find those last-minute Christmas presents, and you… Read more »

Q&A with Sofia Hultén

Berlin-based artist Sofia Hultén grew up in Birmingham during a time of major industrial decline. This contextualises her choice of subject matter and materials, using found mass-produced objects and industrial waste as the basis for her philosophical, humourous curiosities. Having trained as a sculptor at Sheffield Hallam University, she now redefines our pre-existing idea of ‘sculpture’,… Read more »

Culture Feast Launched

Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create Culture Feast: a joint ticket that gives access to six theatre, dance, music and art events all for £25 total. With a single purchase, art fans will get tickets for a theatre production by Stan’s Cafe, a dance show from DanceXchange, a videogame with live… Read more »

Ikon Slow Boat – Artist in Residence: James Lomax

By James Lomax, Ikon Slow Boat Artist in Residence  This is the first time I have taken a more focused approach to research with my practice and I was keen to take a step back from the physical aspects of my work over the course of the residency. The outcome is a large new photographic… Read more »

A Portrait of the Artist

Jonathan Watkins (Ikon Director) asks Frances Carey (former Deputy Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum) five questions about Käthe Kollwitz.  Why do you like Käthe Kollwitz’s work? For its strength of conviction combined with a bold and ever inventive approach to her means of execution. Her graphic art often has a monumental… Read more »

Käthe Kollwitz: The Artist in Focus

By Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is delighted to be lending Kollwitz’s etching, Woman with Dead Child (‘Frau mit totem Kind’), 1903, to Ikon gallery’s exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist. This haunting work was acquired for the Barber collection in 2000. Female figures… Read more »


  Artist Edmund Clark in conversation with Director of Ikon Gallery, Jonathan Watkins. Jonathan Watkins: Could you describe how you relate to the men at Grendon, in particular through the regular meetings you have with them to discuss their own art work? Edmund Clark: During evenings I work with the men to develop their own… Read more »

Looping the Loop with Ikon’s Slow Boat

Ikon Gallery’s Slow Boat has recently undergone a transformation as it embarks on its next three year programme, Looping the Loop. Featuring a new design by Lamorna Conlon (a member of Ikon Youth Programme), Ikon’s Slow Boat boasts a bold and striking exterior which reflects the colours used by the gallery’s founding artists. Slow Boat,… Read more »

Honesty in art

Author Rachel Billington visited Edmund Clark and inmates of HMP Grendon: Some people don’t see the point of Art with a capital ‘A’ or even with a small ‘a’ . How unlucky for them! This month I’m reporting on two art projects, one very well known throughout the prisons, the great Koestler Trust, and the other… Read more »

3 for 2 on all Children’s Books at Ikon Shop

Keep your children entertained, educated and enthused about art throughout the Summer Holidays! We have a fabulous range of children’s books on offer, from storybooks to activity books suitable for all ages. Pop into Ikon Shop and browse the selection*, or take inspiration from our Bookshop Assistant Ella’s top five picks…   Black: An Artist’s… Read more »