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.

Nástio Mosquito

  • 3 February 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

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.

Ikon Icons: Yinka Shonibare

  • 10 September — 9 November 2014 *on now

Ikon invites five artists from each of its five decades to return to the gallery, presenting works in the Tower Room.

John Salt’s 1965 exhibition of photorealist paintings was the very first for Ikon, whilst Ian Emes’ 1973 film animation heralded the start of a brilliant career visualising the music of Pink Floyd.
Cornelia Parker worked with Ikon throughout the late 1980s, her 1988 show including the seminal work Thirty Pieces of Silver. Yinka Shonibare formed part of a generation of young British artists who energised the art world, exhibiting sculpture and installation at Ikon in 1999.

Lastly, Julian Opie’s instantly recognisable works filled Ikon and its surroundings in 2001.

Lee Bul

  • 10 September — 9 November 2014 *on now

This is the first UK solo exhibition for Lee Bul (b. 1964, Korea), considered one of the most important artists of her generation.

Lee Bul’s work is as visually compelling as it is intellectually sharp, preoccupied especially with gender politics and idealism expressed through modernism, science fiction and the development of technology.

This judicious survey includes early drawings, photographs and video (documenting performance), more sculptural pieces from the 1990s and ambitious later installations, including a new commission made possible through the Art Fund International scheme.

This latter piece, a suspended sculpture dripping with an excess of crystalline shapes and glass beads, references the exponential growth and unsustainability of the modern world, pointing up Lee Bul’s interest in the failings of utopian optimism.

Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013: Imran Qureshi

  • 19 November 2014 — 25 January 2015

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.

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.