Coming up at Ikon


Ikon, Birmingham's main contemporary art gallery, has revealed it's exhibitions for the early part of summer. MadeIn is a new artists' collective founded by Xu Zhen (one of China's most renowned conceptual artists) and Seeing One's Own Eyes (pictured) looks at current affairs in the Middle East through impersonating a fictional group of Middle Eastern artists. In the Tower Room, Training by Oliver Beer is a video installation that shows a role-play scenario where a group of young adults are learning to be volunteers for a telephone counselling service. The Ikon cafe's well worth a visit too - great food and outside tables. What more could you want when the weather's good? Meanwhile, with the evenings getting longer and lighter, the popular series of talks called 'These are a few of my favourite things' are back on Wednesday evenings. There'll be Desert Island Disc-style talks from well-known artists, writers and curators including:

  • 9 June – Ikon Youth Programme participants
  • 16 June – Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters’ Club
  • 23 June – Ruth Claxton, Birmingham-based artist
  • 30 June – Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison, Joint Artistic Directors of Fierce Festival
  • 7 July – James Langdon, designer
  • 14 July (no late night event due to exhibition installation)
  • 21 July – Anthony Cartwright, Dudley-born author of The Afterglow
  • 28 July – Lynsey Hanley, writer and journalist for The Guardian