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:


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.

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



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Ikon Youth Prgramme Open Social - Young Writers' Foundation Group

  • 16 October 2015 6:30-9pm

Experimental performances produced by young writers and visual artists from the West Midlands. Writing West Midlands’ Young Writers' Foundation Group collaborate with the Ikon's Youth Programme to create a promenade of performances in response to Ikon’s exhibition with British artist Fiona Banner, SCROLL DOWN AND KEEP SCROLLING.

Expect live screen printing, music, performance art and readings with the gallery as our stage and experience literature by emerging young creatives whilst enjoying the exhibition. Writing West Midlands Young Writers' Foundation Group is a creative writing programme for young people aged 16 - 20 supported by Birmingham City University's Institute of Creative and Critical Writing. The Ikon Youth Programme is for young people, aged 16-21 years old, who share an interest in visual art.

Meeting regularly at Ikon Gallery, participants are encouraged to devise creative projects, establish links with other youth groups and share their opinions about a range of topics.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Whisper Chatter Draw

  • 27 October 2015 1-4pm

The voice is an extraordinary and versatile musical instrument. Not only can it sing in many styles, it can whisper, wail, chatter, cackle, gurgle and roar.How could you make music from these unique sounds? And, how could you communicate the sound of the word through the way it is drawn to create a musical score?Find out all this and more by dropping into Whisper, Chatter, Draw, a free drop-in creative music and drawing workshop for the whole family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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.


Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square
B1 2HS





0121 248 0708

Ikon Shop

0121 248 0711

Café Opus at Ikon

0121 248 3226

Gallery hire

0121 248 0708

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