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Sir Sidney Nolan Self-portrait, (1986) Spray paint on canvas 153 x 123cm © the Sidney Nolan Trust

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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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 »

Interior of Oratorio di San Ludovico, Dorsoduro, Venice

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 »

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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 »

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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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An Artist’s View – The Auspicious Journey

By Mahtab Hussain I have been the lead artist for Black Country Voyages 2016, converting Ikon’s canal boat into a studio for The Auspicious Journey, a story, that tells the impact of the Mangla Dam across the Jhelum River in Kashmir Pakistan. The Mangla Dam began construction in 1961 and released in 1967, over 280 towns and… Read more »

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IYP Trip to the Sidney Nolan Trust

By Heather Thomas, Ikon Youth Programme member @hlouiset On 20 August, IYP were invited to visit the Sidney Nolan Trust for a day trip at The Rodd in Presteigne, Wales. On arriving I was immediately struck by how peaceful and still the environment felt; a perfectly welcoming place I was eager to learn about and… Read more »


Patrick Killoran’s Observation Deck – Feeling On Edge

By Pippa Davis, Ikon Youth Programme member There was something sinister about Patrick Killoran’s installation, Observation Deck (Birmingham). The white room I walked into contained what looked like a wooden stretcher in an asylum, with straps attached to pin down a writhing patient. Besides, the room is part of Ikon’s Tower Room, which stands as if it… Read more »


Cass Art support Ikon’s family events

We are delighted to announce our new twelve month partnership with Cass Art – the UK’s leading independent art supplies retailer – who are generously supporting Ikon’s Family Saturdays and Art Explorer Fridays by providing high quality art materials for our visitors. For Art Explorer Friday last week, families enjoyed a creative printing workshop inspired by our current… Read more »

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