Birmingham news King Kong vs Joe Lycett in fight to help major gallery rescue city artists PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - King Kong wrapped around the BT Tower and a portrait of Carl Chinn by comedian Joe Lycett are among the items going on sale at the Ikon Gallery's first commercial sale designed to help local artists to survive the pandemic
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Ikon Gallery's launch exhibition after the third lockdown will feature a collection of works by more than 250 Birmingham artists. And for the first time in its 56-year history, everything will be up for sale. The works have been submitted through an 'open call' and will be on display online as well as physically at Ikon Gallery from May. All of the proceeds from the Brindleyplace sales will go directly to the artists. The programme, called Ikon for Artists, has been created to support artists "whose income has been impacted by the pandemic." The open call was launched in December with artists able to submit one artwork up to a value of £1,000. There was no curatorial selection process and no submission fee. Towering In Fur Foe, 2012 by Vivien Hew (cropped version) (Image: Courtesy of Ikon Gallery / Ikon for Artists / Vivien Hew) Guidelines required participants to demonstrate they had been practising full-time or part-time as an artist in Birmingham. Submissions were welcomed across various types of media from painting and drawing to photography, textiles, sculpture and video. They are going to be exhibited in the order applications were received. Among the items on sale will be a photograph of a Druids Heath tower block demolition and an image of King Kong with the BT Tower. Portrait of city historian Carl Chinn by Joe Lycett will be on sale in the 'Ikon for Artists' exhibition. (Cropped version) (Image: Courtesy of Ikon Gallery / Ikon for Artists / Joe Lycett) As well as partnering with Ikon in a digital event to help to promote the sale, comedian and TV presenter Joe Lycett has submitted his own item - a painting of community historian Carl Chinn, champion of the working classes turned Sunday Times bestselling author of two books about the real Peaky Blinders Joe, the Royal Television Society's now double award-winning presenter of Got Your Back and Spelling Bee, said: "Despite the pandemic the Birmingham art scene feels like it’s at one of the most exciting junctures in years. "The city is teeming with artists. It’s terrific that Ikon is giving space to display local art and I’m delighted to be involved both as an artist and as part of the gallery re-opening." Prof Chinn said: "I've never met Joe who I think is an excellent TV presenter. I had no idea he was doing the painting so it's flattering that he chose to paint me. "It's an interesting image... and if selling it is for a good cause, that's fine by me." Birmingham Landscape 2012 by Sylwia Kuzak (Image: Courtesy of Ikon Gallery / Ikon for Artists / Sylwia Kuzak) How it works Online booking for tickets to visit Ikon for Artists will begin via Ikon’s website on Friday, April 9. A full list of works will then be posted online from Tuesday, May 4. Buyers will liaise directly with the individual makers. The hope is that connections made will help to generate sales now and opportunities in the future. All artworks will be available to view in person in the gallery or online on Ikon’s website.
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. Now turning local and offering the public the chance to buy the works on display, he says: "The Birmingham art scene has been very shaken. "The locked down days are most difficult for artists and other freelancers who depend on work generated by local and regional arts venues. "At Ikon we are doing our best to be practically helpful. "For example, we are now in the process of organising an unprecedented selling exhibition in May, encouraging visitors to dig deep into their pockets.
Leap, 2020 by Saranjit Birdi
(Image: Courtesy of Ikon Gallery / Ikon for Artists / Saranjit Birdi)
"A city like Birmingham needs a thriving art scene and such investment in the futures of local practitioners will benefit everyone." Gallery curator Melanie Pocock adds: "The response to the Ikon for Artists Open Call was phenomenal. "Among the many submissions we received, there’s an incredible range of artistic styles and media. "Whether supporting a local artist, or looking for an artwork for your home, there’s something for everyone."
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When will it run? Ikon for Artists launches with a digital event featuring Joe Lycett, comedian and participating artist. These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things will feature Lycett sharing his ten favourite works of art with Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director. Ikon for Artists is a two-week exhibition running from May 17-31, 2021 and open seven days a week (Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday plus Bank Holiday Monday, 11am-6pm. Free entry, donations welcome). Visitors will be required to wear a face covering and book in advance. Ikon opened after the first lockdown in August and introduced a one-way system which is being retained.
New York, 56 landmarks, 2019 by Kings Heath artist Emma Hardicker. (Cropped version)
(Image: Courtesy of Ikon Gallery / Ikon for Artists / Emma Hardicker)
Other Covid-19 safety measures will again include hand sanitiser stations and reduced capacity. Supported with public funding from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council, Ikon welcomes donations to support the gallery's future. Donations can be made in person at the Ikon, online or by calling Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711. Ikon Gallery is at 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS For more details, visit the website here or telephone 0121 248 0708 Giant project
Selfridges looks like it's hanging out a giant duvet to dry in this view from Balsall Heath - the covering is called is called 'Dogtooth Flower' and was created by local fashion designer Osman Yousefzada working in tandem with Ikon Gallery
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Meanwhile, Ikon Gallery is rapidly changing the look of Birmingham city centre with a giant display of its own. Working with fashion designer Osman Yousefzada, an all-embracing protective covering is being applied to a wall of scaffolding currently being erected around the whole of Selfridges in the Bullring. The pattern is called Dogtooth Flower. The store's 15,000 world-famous silver discs were expected to last 30 years but since 2018 more and more have been missing giving the building a pockmarked appearance. Now, more than 17 years after the shopping centre opened on September 4, 2003, the discs are all being taken down. The blue background is being repainted and the discs returned in time for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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