The Ikon Gallery is one of my favourite places in Birmingham, especially a visit in Spring when the front courtyard is lined with blossoming cherry trees. This neo-gothic red brick building was once a school and is now surrounded by glass fronted modern buildings, it sounds like it shouldn't work but the effect is actually stunningly dramatic. Wandering around the different floors inside is always a treat, there is always something interesting on, it is completely free entry and the singing lift.
They are teaming up with the newly opened Medicine on New Street, Birmingham. A bakery (selling amazing looking cakes, breads and general Instagrammable bites) and a gallery combined, Medicine has its roots firmly in Birmingham, the old Medicine Bar at the Custard Factory, Digbeth to be precise, so we're happy to hear that they are back in the city centre in this new incarnation.
To celebrate the new opening Medicine has been running a host of events from early on in the year, including the Exhibition Opening of Young Birmingham Artists. The exhibition will feature artists from the Ikon gallery from the 1960s onwards
and a number of their contemporaries... Including Peter Berry, Jesse Bruton, Trevor Denning, Robert Groves, Sylvani Merilion, David Prentice, Dinah Prentice, John Salt and Pamela Scott Wilkie.
The exhibition runs from 11 July — 19 August 2018 and is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am–6pm, free of charge (although you may want to sample the baked goods while you're there). Medicine Bakery & Gallery is located at 69 New Street, Birmingham. Follow Medicine and Ikon Gallery for their latest events and exhibitions.