Ikon Gallery

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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:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

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.org Opening times are Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am-5:30pm. Open during installation of exhibitions.
T: 0121 248 0711.

Café Opus at Ikon: a modern British café, featuring classic dishes sourced from high quality producers. Opening times are Monday - Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. 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.

Jacques Nimki: Seen / Unseen

  • 13 May — 12 July 2015 *on now

Artist Jacques Nimki works within urban environments, using weeds and wild flowers to examine multiple ideas that focus on the unseen and how this affects what we expect to find within any environment at any given time.

For the past 12 months, Nimki has been in residence at Ikon, studying the quality of light appearing and disappearing on a variety of surfaces, whilst exploring the boundaries between public and private space especially with respect to the gallery environment. His research has included a series of workshops and tours with Ikon visitors, staff, patrons and local office workers.

The project has culminated in a permanent installation throughout the gallery building. More than 300 barely visible works reference plant drawings made by participants and others installed in their homes. Many unseen and others never to be seen.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://ikon-gallery.org/event/seen-unseen/

Pavel Büchler

  • 13 May — 12 July 2015 *on now

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.”

Website

http://ikon-gallery.org/events/category/exhibitions/

Artists for Ikon Auction

  • 22 July — 27 September 2015

Japanese composer and artist Takehisa Kosugi was a pioneer of experimental music in Japan in the early 1960s, closely associated with the Fluxus movement before joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in the 1970s. This exhibition features three of the artist’s sound installations, including one made especially for Ikon. Involving everyday materials and radio electronics they interact with wind, electricity and light, making sonic relationships between them.

This exhibition is supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Daiwa Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://ikon-gallery.org/event/takehisa-kosugi/

photograph of Vanley Burke's flat

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.

Website

http://ikon-gallery.org/events/category/exhibitions/

Fiona Banner

  • 10 October 2015 — 17 January 2016

The most comprehensive exhibition of work by Fiona Banner (b. Merseyside, UK 1966) to date. Comprising a wide variety of text pieces, drawings, sculptures and films, it will demonstrate a remarkably coherent artistic proposition, arising out of semiotics.

Starting from a preoccupation with forms of written language, Banner’s work plays off connotations of all kinds of style and design in contemporary culture, ranging from aircraft design to menswear. The nature of masculinity is often considered, either as subject matter or as a way of apprehending the world, but not in order to arrive at a prescriptive scheme of sexual politics, as she explains, “I don’t want to get caught up in gender issues. Art is fragile – conceptually it is a very fine thing and issues are clumsy and tend to be didactic”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://ikon-gallery.org/event/fiona-banner/

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.

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Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square
Brindleyplace
Birmingham
B1 2HS
England

Website

www.ikon-gallery.org

Telephone

Information

0121 248 0708

Ikon Shop

0121 248 0711

Café Opus at Ikon

0121 248 3226

Gallery hire

0121 248 0708

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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