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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 »

Edmund Clark nominated for the Butler Trust Award

Edmund Clark, Ikon’s artist-in-residence at HMP Grendon, has been nominated for the annual Butler Trust Award. The Trust, set up to recognise and celebrate outstanding practice by those working with offenders, received nominations equalling last year’s record high number. A significantly high proportion of these nominations, over a quarter, were received directly from prisoners. Presided… Read more »

Sidney Nolan

Ikon is very excited to be exhibiting the work of Sidney Nolan which is on show until 3 September 2017. This exhibition, part of a nationwide programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust to celebrate the centenary of Nolan’s birth, brings to light a selection of extraordinary spray painted portraits dating from the 1980s. Anthony Plant, Director of the… Read more »

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