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.

Kelly Mark: 108 Leyton Ave

  • 27 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

108 Leyton Ave (2014), a new film by Canadian artist Kelly Mark is her most personally revealing work to date. Built from common expressions relating to “everything” and “nothing”, it was developed over a period when Mark was living in the social isolation of a quasi-suburban limbo on Toronto’s eastern edge. “Everything” and “nothing” are constructed as opposite but asymmetrical roles performed by the artist for a split-screen projection, plumbing the contradictions of her own personality to reveal the bravura and insecurity of having no one to talk to but yourself.

Website

https://ikon-gallery.org/event/108-leyton-ave/

Dinh Q. Lê: The Colony

  • 27 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

Ikon, in collaboration with Artangel, presents The Colony (2016), a major new commission of video work by acclaimed Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê.

In three parts, featuring newly filmed footage, The Colony is loosely based on nineteenth century depictions of a cluster of islands off the west coast of Peru, rich in guano, a powerful fertilizer.

Exploring the drama of absurdity, greed and human suffering, all for the brown gold of bird excrement, Lê’s narratives touch on aspects of the islands’ history such as the nineteenth century imperial wars between Spain and its former colonies Peru and Chile, and the US Guano Act of 1856 that authorised over one hundred claims for uninhabited islands, reefs and atolls in the Pacific and Atlantic.

Website

https://ikon-gallery.org/event/dinh-q-le/

Janet Mendelsohn: Varna Road

  • 27 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

Ikon hosts the largest exhibition to date of photographs by American academic and documentary filmmaker Janet Mendelsohn.

Part of a ‘photo-essay’ Mendelsohn made as a student at the University of Birmingham during 1967–69, the photographs depict everyday life in the inner-city district of Balsall Heath, focusing in particular on a sex worker, referred to as Kathleen, with whom Mendelsohn formed a close relationship. By using photography as “a tool for cultural analysis”, she provides a unique insight into a transforming community, shaped by increasing immigration from the Caribbean and South Asia, and affected by ongoing poverty-related issues.

Website

https://ikon-gallery.org/event/janet-mendelsohn/

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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