Housed in a magnificent neo-Gothic school building in Birmingham, Ikon Gallery seeks to encourage public engagement with Contemporary art. This July, Sotheby’s will host a sale of works donated by leading contemporary artists to benefit the gallery. Director Jonathan Watkins explains.
Ikon is 50. Established by a group of artists in 1965 as an “accessible place where the exchange of visual ideas can become a familiar reality,” it has grown to become an educational charity, internationally renowned for both artistic excellence and audience development.
IKON GALLERY IN BIRMINGHAM.
There have been hundreds of exhibitions at Ikon, furthering artistic careers while being true to the ideals of our founders, and Artists for Ikon is a celebration of such synergy. Comprising works donated for auction by some of today’s most important artists, all of whom have exhibited at Ikon, it embodies extraordinary generosity and goodwill. Reading like a survey of Ikon’s greatest hits, names include Hurvin Anderson, Fiona Banner, Martin Creed, Ian Davenport, Ding Yi, Carmen Herrera, Elizabeth Magill, Cornelia Parker and Zhang Enli.
The auction itself is the culmination of a programme devised for our 50th year, with proceeds laying down the foundations for Ikon’s 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund, dedicated to the gallery’s future artistic programme and the commissioning of new art work. In this way, established artists will be supporting artists of the future.
ALL PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT IKON GALLERY.
Contemporary Art Day
Highlights 19–24 June
Exhibition 27 June–1 July
Auction 2 July