Ikon Gallery

Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square
B1 2HS





0121 248 0708

Ikon Shop

0121 248 0711

Café Ikon

0121 248 3226

Gallery hire

0121 248 0708


0121 248 0709

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Ikon Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue situated in the refurbished neo-gothic Oozells Street School building in Brindleyplace, central Birmingham. Ikon shows a varied programme of exhibitions which change every two months, along with a series of talks, tours, workshops and seminars.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm

Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays, and during installation of exhibitions. Please call to confirm opening times

Admission charges

Free entry

Additional info

Ikon Resource Room: Situated on the 2nd floor, the Resource Room is a public space offering interpretative material for main gallery exhibitions.

Ikon Shop: Ikon has an on-site specialist art bookshop plus an online shop at www.ikon-gallery.co.uk Opening times are Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am-6pm. Open during installation of exhibitions.
T: 0121 248 0711.

Café Ikon: an informal, modern Tapas bar. Opening times are Tuesday - Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Open during installation of exhibitions.T: 0121 248 3226.

Ikon Gallery Hire: If you are interested in hiring the Galleries or Events/Meeting Room for a private function or meeting please telephone Ikon Marketing on 0121 248 0708 for a copy of our brochure and current rates.

Access: Ikon Gallery aims to be fully accessible to disabled visitors. A wheelchair and audio guide are available on request. Guide dogs are welcome throughout the building. If you require assistance, please telephone 0121 248 0708 or ask at the reception desk.

Ikon shows a continuous programme of changing exhibitions both in the galleries and offsite. A variety of media are represented including sound, video, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. As well as exhibitions in the gallery, exhibitions and projects also take place regularly in Ikon's Events Room and Tower room.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Julian Opie: Ikon Icon 2000s

  • 19 November 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

The installation of Julian Opie’s high-rise building sculptures on the first floor of Ikon Gallery in 2001 coincided with 9/11. The modernist aesthetic they embody and their smart neatness as models is now informed by memories of a day that dramatically changed the world. The ‘less is more’ efficiency they suggest, symbolic of a society that functions in an orderly way, can no longer be seen with innocence. A number of these architectural pieces now rise up in Ikon’s Tower Room.

Ikon Icons sees the return to Ikon of five key British artists from an exhibition programme that has extended over five decades – including John Salt, Ian Emes, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare and Julian Opie. A presentation of work by each takes place, consecutively, throughout 2014 in Ikon’s Tower Room.



Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013: Imran Qureshi

  • 19 November 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Imran Qureshi is Deutsche Bank’s 2013 ‘Artist of the Year’. Born in 1972 in Pakistan, he studied in Lahore at the National College of Arts with a major in miniature painting, a traditional discipline that he teaches there today.

Qureshi is one of the most important contemporary artists on the Subcontinent, not least because he reclaims the regionally and historically rooted discipline of miniature painting and transports it to the present day.

His work constitutes a unique synthesis of the genre’s motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. Qureshi incorporates personal observations on current affairs in Pakistan into his work, reiterating that violence can be encountered not only in his native country, but throughout the world.

Arts Champions Showcase

  • 20 — 25 January 2015 *on now

A selection of artwork created by local residents from Yardley, inspired by Imran Qureshi’s exhibition.

Ikon is Birmingham City Council’s Arts Champion for Yardley 2014–2017, providing high quality arts activities for people from a wide range of communities in the four wards of Acocks Green, Stechford and Yardley North, South Yardley, and Sheldon. In November, artists from the local arts forum, Arts in the Yard, take part in a masterclass with Imran Qureshi, providing skills and insight for the delivery of local workshops exploring the artist’s ideas, themes and techniques throughout December and January.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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A K Dolven

  • 4 February — 19 April 2015

Ikon is pleased to present a new exhibition of work by A K Dolven, one of Norway’s most prominent artists.

Through a variety of media - painting, photography, film and sound - she is concerned essentially with the representation of sublime natural forces. In this respect she identifies with the renowned nineteenth century Norwegian painter Peder Balke (1804 - 87), whose work is also included in the exhibition.

In his landscapes of the far north, Balke’s human subjects are dwarfed by their circumstances, as small figures in the landscape; Dolven is more overtly philosophical, dealing with the nature of perception and the subconscious functioning of memory and emotions. It is significant that she focuses on densely multisensory situations, in which her main subject is at once very present and resonant with lost time.



Nástio Mosquito

  • 4 February — 19 April 2015

Angolan artist Nastio Mosquito is one of the most energetic and versatile artists of his generation. Using music, photography, film and performance poetry, Mosquito comments on the nature of our globalised world.

His videos, which often dwell on contemporary art and its role in society, are knowingly politically-incorrect, referencing post-colonial clichés in a way that is both smart and funny. For Ikon, he proposes a sprawling site-specific installation.

Artists for Ikon

  • 24 April — 4 May 2015

Ikon’s 50th anniversary celebrations will culminate in Artists for Ikon, an exhibition at the gallery (24 April – 4 May 2015) followed by a major contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s, London in July 2015. The exhibition will preview works donated for the auction by some of today’s most important artists, all of whom have exhibited at the gallery. It will be a survey of Ikon’s greatest hits.

Artists include Hurvin Anderson, Martin Creed, Ian Davenport, Marcel Dzama, Ryan Gander, Antony Gormley, Carmen Herrera, Roger Hiorns, Beatriz Milhazes, Julian Opie and Cornelia Parker amongst others. The proceeds of the auction will lay the foundations for Ikon’s 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund, dedicated to the gallery’s artistic programme and the commissioning of new art work.



Pavel Büchler

  • 13 May — 12 July 2015

Pavel Büchler is a Czech artist who has been based in the UK since the early 1980s. This is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work in the UK to date.

Utilising a variety of media including text, obsolete technologies and material discovered on the internet, Büchler frequently pairs seemingly unrelated things, often through accident or chance, drawing attention to the everyday and revealing it as fundamentally strange.

Relentless in his consideration of art as an institution and his own place within it, Büchler explains that “a lot of my work is realised, polished and resolved recognising the potential link to art history, to the work of artists that interest me.”



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At Home with Vanley Burke

  • 22 July — 27 September 2015

Vanley Burke, born in Jamaica in 1951, resident in Birmingham since 1965, is renowned as a photographer concerned especially with black culture in Britain.

Next summer the entire contents of his flat in Nechells, north-east Birmingham will be transferred to Ikon’s first floor galleries. Besides furniture and other household items visitors will have an opportunity to explore his archive, a vast collection including printed material - posters, flyers, publications etc - clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items that provide invaluable insights into our African and Caribbean communities. In this way the artist will be revealed as a subject of his own enquiry. His personal story, in which it vital archival impulse, is integral to the bigger picture he is making for us.



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.