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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 »

Oliver Beer’s exhibition: a personal perspective

By Carmen, Ikon Youth Programme member  Space; the artist’s plaything. Quick! Grab it before it escapes! The physical spaces we live in, visit, encounter unavoidably shape our human experience. They are the stage on which life is acted and memories are heightened. They mould us into individuals, affect us, and compel us. Yet this relationship… Read more »

Venice based volunteers sought

Ikon is presenting On Kawara’s One Million Years at Venice Biennale this year.  For those familiar with the city the venue the artwork will be housed in Oratorio di San Ludovico, Dorsoduro, an old ecclesiastic building dedicated to spoken word. One Million Years is an ongoing artwork by renowned Japanese artist On Kawara.  It involves two… Read more »

Ikon’s Learning Team visit the Sidney Nolan Trust

Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century, lived his last years on the Welsh-Midlands border. Between June and September 2017 Ikon presents an exhibition which brings to light a selection of extraordinary paintings by Sidney Nolan dating from the 1980s. This exhibition, organised in collaboration with… Read more »

Ikon Gallery announces new partnership with Yorks Café & Coffee Roaster

We are delighted to announce that Yorks Café will be opening at Ikon in March 2017 to deliver catering for both the café and event hire at the gallery. An exciting new partnership between two much loved Birmingham brands, it will be a new addition to the city’s quality of life, mixing informality and innovation. Yorks… Read more »

Working with the Learning Team

By Lucy Wheeler, Head of Learning At Ikon, we offer a number of student placements each year across departments. Alex Buck, a student on the BA Art and Education Degree course at Newman University is currently working with us in the Learning team. Find out what Alex has been getting up to below: ‘A component… Read more »

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