We love Brum – it’s so cultured! The city’s Ikon Gallery is known worldwide for its cutting edge contemporary art exhibitions. Housed in the neo-gothic Oozells Street School, Ikon has won a reputation as one of the country’s leading galleries of contemporary art, with a frequently changing programme of painting, sculpture, installation, sound and film by both established and emerging artists.
Admission is free and you might want to allow time for a stop-off at the newly-opened Café Opus plus a browse in the Ikon Bookshop with its quirky gifts, books and magazines.
Ikon’s planning to branch out with proposals for a new museum of contemporary art. Ikon 2 will form part of the suggested Curzon Square, a new museum quarter situated in Eastside – just a short stroll through City Park from Hotel La Tour.
The plans for Curzon Square comprise of a museum of photography, a new building for an existing national collection of art and Ikon 2. Adjacent to the intended HS2 rail terminal, Curzon Square will be transformative, in the way that Tate Modern has brought a vast swathe of London back to life. Its venues will be impressive architecture in a village-like critical mass of artistic attraction. A place for exhibitions, free to the public, performance, music and dance, film screenings and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Planning for the Curzon Square museum quarter is well advanced with a feasibility study supported by Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands and a new art collection starting to form with £1m for acquisitions being made available by the Art Fund. It is proposed that the development of Curzon Square be phased, with completion of the scheme by 2020.