Wednesday 21 November, 6–8pm – FREE
Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition of photography, New Street by Beat Streuli
Thursday 29 November, 2.30–4.30pm – FREE*
Contemporary art – is it your cup of tea? Join us for an exhibition tour, followed by tea, cake and chat. Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708. *Suggested £2 donation for refreshments.
Saturday 1 December, 12–6pm – FREE
This year’s winter Art Bus is bigger than ever, running for a full day and taking in six Birmingham galleries – Ikon, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, RBSA Gallery, mac Birmingham, Eastside Projects and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Ikon offers free guided tours and 10% discount off selected items in Ikon Shop. Visit www.ikon-gallery.co.uk for a bus timetable.
Ikon Youth Programme Presents – FREE
Launch event, Friday 14 December, 5–7pm
Saturday 15 December, 12–4pm
Warwick Bar, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS
To mark the end of the second year of Slow Boat, members of Ikon Youth Programme organise a special event Ikon Youth Programme Presents. Wrap up warm and join us to celebrate an incredible year. For one night and a day IYP present artworks and material created by them throughout the year. This event is held at Warwick Bar, the permanent mooring of Ikon’s Slow Boat.
Slow Boat is a three-year project set up to explore an in-depth, sustained way of working with young people aged between 15 and 19. The project involves the Ikon Youth Programme (IYP), a group of Birmingham-based young people, and a converted canal boat that measures 72 feet in length. Slow Boat is organised in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust. For more information visit www.ikonslowboat.com
Also at Warwick Bar: A night of performance, Open File at Grand Union, Friday 14 December, 7pm–late. www.grand-union.org.uk
Audio Described Exhibition Tour
Thursday 17 January, 2–3pm – FREE
Join us for an informal audio-described tour exploring our current exhibition by Beat Streuli. Suitable for blind and partially sighted visitors and their friends and family. Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.
Practical Workshops for Adults
Thursday 24 January, 2–4.30pm – FREE*
Join us for a gallery-based session aimed specifically at adults. This afternoon provides an informal and fun way to explore the current exhibition, including a chance to meet the artist Beat Streuli. Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708. *Suggested £2 donation for refreshments.
Tell Me On A Sunday
Theme: City Living
Sunday 27 January, 5–7.30pm – FREE
(Story Supper 5–6pm, performances 6–7.30pm)
Tell Me On A Sunday, our popular story-telling project organised in collaboration with Writing West Midlands, returns for a new season and is launched during National Storytelling Week 2013 (26 January – 2 February). Hosted in Café Ikon, these events see participants tell stories based around specially selected themes, all with truth at their heart. Each month, five storytellers perform a seven minute story live. The events feature special guests and are curated by Cat Weatherill, one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers, who also tells her own story. These events begin at 5pm with Story Supper, a chance to meet fellow audience members and story tellers over a special Café Ikon menu. Pitch a story at www.writingwestmidlands.org
Note these events are intended for adult audiences. Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708. To book for Story Supper please call Café Ikon on 0121 248 3226.
Beat Streuli in conversation and book signing
Wednesday 30 January, 6.30–7.30pm – FREE
Join artist Beat Streuli as he discusses the inspiration behind his photography and his exhibition at Ikon Gallery. Streuli also signs copies of the new exhibition catalogue, produced exclusively by Ikon. Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.
BSL Exhibition Tour
Thursday 31 January, 2–3pm – FREE
Join a member of the Learning Team for an informal exhibition tour with BSL interpretation. Suitable for Deaf visitors and their friends and family. A fitted induction loop is available. Places are free but should be reserved by emailing email@example.com
Ikon in Northfield Showcase
Thursday 31 January – Sunday 3 February 11am–6pm
Events Room, Ikon Gallery
Ikon hosts an exhibition of work produced by Northfield residents as part of the Arts Champions programme. Ikon is the Arts Champion for the Northfield district of Birmingham (2011–2014), working with local residents to produce and experience contemporary art. Learn more at www.ikonnorthfield.org
Events for Families and Children
Saturday 1 December, 1–4pm – FREE
Saturday 5 January, 1–4pm – FREE
Saturday 2 February, 1–4pm – FREE
Open to all ages (adults very welcome), these afternoons of creative activities engage, challenge and inspire. Join us as we explore the current exhibition by Beat Streuli and make original artwork. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. No need to book, just drop in.
Parent and toddler morning
Tuesday 15 January, 10–11am
£2 per person, payable on the day
This gallery-based session is for parents with toddlers aged 0–3 years. Places are limited and should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham b1 2hs
tel. +44 (0) 121 248 0708 / fax. +44 (0) 121 248 0709