The IKON Gallery - A Birmingham Gem!

The IKON Art Gallery is an international acclaimed contemporary art venue located in the wonderful Oozells Square, Birmingham. The Gallery is in a Grade II listed building.


The neo-gothic Grade II listed building that is home to the Ikon Art Gallery was formerly a Boarding School. The building, designed by John Henry Chamberlain, was built in 1877.

As well as being known across the world for its contemporary art, The Ikon Art Gallery is also an educational charity and is active in encouraging public engagement with contemporary art. 

If you are unable to visit the Gallery, take a look at this archive of impressive work and events it has hosted HERE.  

IKON GalleryIKON Gallery (June 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

IKON Gallery

Modern stairs near the lift inside of the IKON Gallery. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

History of the IKON Gallery

The IKON Gallery was founded in 1965, but only moved to it's present location in 1997.

The Gallery was founded by four artists from the Birmingham School of Art, David Prentice, Sylvani Merilion, Jesse Bruton and Robert Groves and was originally located in the 1960s Bull Ring Shopping Centre.

By 1978, the artists moved the gallery to a former carpet shop on John Bright Street close to the Alexandra Theatre.

In 1997, the gallery finally re-located to Oozells Square.

 

History of the building

This spectacular building was built in 1878 for the Birmingham Boarding School by Chamberlain and Martin. It was altered by the same practice in 1898.

Paul Clarke of Levitt Bernstein oversaw the refurbishment work needed to turn the building into a Gallery in 1997.

 

Exhibitions held at The Ikon Gallery 

Over the years there have been some stunning and fascinating contemporary art displayed at exhibitions held at the IKON Gallery.

For example, in the autumn of 2019 there was an exhibition of Barry Flanagan bronze sculptures. There was even one outside in Oozells Square at the time.

Barry Flanagan

Bronze hare by Barry Flanagan at IKON Gallery (October 2019). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015

There was a trail of painted owls around Birmingham from the summer of 2015 for 10 weeks. Before being sold at an auction for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity.

Outside of the IKON Gallery in Oozells Square at the time was Midnight Moths by the artist Alyn Smith, it was sponsored by Harrow Green.

IKON GalleryMidnight Moths (by artist Alyn Smith) outside of IKON Gallery (July 2015). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Big Sleuth Birmingham 2017

There was a trail of painted bears around Birmingham and the West Midlands from the summer of 2017 for 10 weeks. Before being sold at an auction for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity.

Outside of the IKON Gallery in Oozells Square at the time was The Ink Detective was by the artist Mr A Singh, the sponsor was Deloitte.

IKON GalleryThe Ink Detective (by artist Mr A Singh) outside of IKON Gallery (July 2017). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Contacts and further details

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View Ikon Art Gallery on Birmingham map HERE.

www.ikon-gallery.org

Project dates

03 Oct 2019 - On-going

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From the Oozells Street Boarding School to the IKON Gallery

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Located on Oozells Street in what is now Oozells Square in Brindleyplace, Birmingham is the IKON Gallery. It was originally built in 1877 as the Oozells Street Boarding School and was designed by the famed architect John Henry Chamberlain. In the 1980s and 1990s it was used by the Council as Furniture Stores and was converted into the IKON Gallery in 1997 by Levitt Bernstein.

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From the Oozells Street Boarding School to the IKON Gallery





Located on Oozells Street in what is now Oozells Square in Brindleyplace, Birmingham is the IKON Gallery. It was originally built in 1877 as the Oozells Street Boarding School and was designed by the famed architect John Henry Chamberlain. In the 1980s and 1990s it was used by the Council as Furniture Stores and was converted into the IKON Gallery in 1997 by Levitt Bernstein.


IKON Gallery

(Information below from Wikipedia)

The IKON Gallery was founded in 1965, but only moved to it's present location in 1997. It was founded by four artists from the Birmingham School of Art, David Prentice, Sylvani Merilion, Jesse Bruton and Robert Groves. Originally located in the 1960s Bull Ring shopping centre. By 1978 they had moved to a former carpet shop on John Bright Street near the Alexandra Theatre. The gallery moved to the former Oozells Street Board School in 1997 where they remain to this day. The refurbishment work was designed by Levitt Bernstein.

It is a Grade II listed building now listed as the The Ikon Gallery and Ikon Cafe. But when it was originally listed in 1981, it was the Furniture Stores Of City Of Birmingham Education Department. The listing was last amended in 2011. It was built in 1878 for the Birmingham School Board by Chamberlain and Martin and altered by the same practice in 1898. Paul Clarke of Levitt Bernstein converted it to it's current use in 1997.

 

The following views from Oozells Square of the IKON Gallery taken during May 2009.

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These were mobile shots as I think that my then compact camera had run out of battery.

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IKON sign from the side. Looking towards Jurys Inn on Broad Street.

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First look at the main entrance with the IKON sign. Did not go inside at this time.

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I was trying different modes out on my then phone camera, so here I did a black and white monochrome version. Could be a photo from the latre 19th century if it wasn't for the modern building behind!

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By June 2009 I had a new bridge camera (after having an issue with my old compact camera in May 2009). So amongst other things got new photos of the IKON Gallery from Oozells Square.

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Side or close up view with the rebuilt tower. The original tower was demolished in the 1960s, and in the late 1990s rebuilt and conversion a new tower was built to the original design. Further back it is hard to tell that it is relatively new!

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Ahead of a work 25th anniversary do in November 2010, got new photos including this glass lift tower.

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You can only really see it from the outside from this service path from Oozells Square to the Water's Edge.

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The next time I would see the glass lift shaft would be inside during my works party (almost 9 years ago now).

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Close up look at the IKON sign as I entered for the first time during late November 2010, for my works 25th party.

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A look at the lift. There is two levels, Level 1 and Level 2 that have exhibitions on. If you go in the lift, it makes a noise, "na na naa naaa naaaa naaaaaa" etc (it is best if you use the lift yourself, also I've not videoed the lift sound). I most recently used the lift after visiting the Barry Flanagan exhibition. Barry Flanagan bronze sculptures at the IKON Gallery.

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The Victorian interiors preserved with the late 1990s lift shaft and glass staircase.

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Modern metal tubes connect to the Victorian brick and stonework.

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Pretty much the same when you turn slightly to the right. This I think was from Level 2.

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Some of the artworks I saw probably on Level 2 during late November 2010.

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No idea who the artist's was or what this exhibition was about though.

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Lots of metal circles inside of circles.

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Perhaps something to do with sound and air?

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Skipping ahead to July 2015 when The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015 was on. Here in Oozells Square outside of the IKON Gallery was: Midnight Moths by the artist: Alyn Smith, it was sponsored by: Harrow Green.

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This owl sculpture was in Central Square, Brindleyplace outside of Five Brindleyplace. It was offices of BT, but later  Deutsche Bank. The Oozells Owl was by the artist: Jodie Silverman, and the sponsor was of course Deutsche Bank.

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Back to outside of the IKON Gallery in Oozells Square during July 2017. The Big Sleuth Birmingham 2017 was on with a bear trail. The Ink Detective was by the artist: Mr A Singh and the sponsor was Deloitte.

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There is a Barry Flanagan bronze sculpture of a sitting hare outside in Oozells Square. Seen here during September 2019. At that time wasn't sure of going into the IKON Gallery, also had a long bus journey and walk, so left it for another week.

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One of the Barry Flanagan hare sculptures seen inside of the IKON Gallery during early October 2019. For more photos, the link to the post is further up. Or see them via this search Barry Flanagan.

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During my most recent visit to the IKON Gallery earlier in October 2019, after seeing the Barry Flanagan exhibition (link further up this post), went back down the glass lift (for the first time in almost 9 years). Saw this modern area with a dartboard. Somewhere to sit in the foyer, near the shop. There is a cafe to the far left of here (I have never been). It is now home to Yorks Cafe. They erroneously have the date 1847 for when the school was built (it was actually around 1877 or 1878).

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Barry Flanagan bronze sculptures at the IKON Gallery

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There is a free exhibition at the IKON Gallery in Oozells Square (housed in the former Oozells Street Boarding School) by the late sculptor Barry Flanagan. Mostly of bronze hares. They are in the galleries on Level 1 and 2. One is also outside in Oozells Square.

https://www.ikon-gallery.org/event/barry-flanagan/

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Barry Flanagan bronze sculptures at the IKON Gallery





There is a free exhibition at the IKON Gallery in Oozells Square (housed in the former Oozells Street Boarding School) by the late sculptor Barry Flanagan. Mostly of bronze hares. They are in the galleries on Level 1 and 2. One is also outside in Oozells Square.

https://www.ikon-gallery.org/event/barry-flanagan/


This free exhibition is on at the IKON Gallery from the 18th September to 24th November 2019. A collection of the sculpted works of the late Barry Flanagan (1941-2009). The gallery is open Tuesday's to Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

Link to his estates official website: Estate of Barry Flanagan.

Thinker on a Rock by Barry Flanagan. A hare with a violin in Oozells Square, Brindleyplace. View towards Piccolino.

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View towards Cielo Italian.

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Bronze Hare sculptures by Barry Flanagan on Level 1 of the IKON Gallery.

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More on Level 2. More bronze hares sculptures by Barry Flanagan.

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I'm sure these pieces have titles, although I'm not sure what they are called. Didn't see any signs with them.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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