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Start the Press!

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

Tel: 01212480708

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The centrepiece of Start the Press! is an antique, flatbed printing press from Wolverhampton School of Art, taking its position in the gallery as a form of occupation in the tradition of the student art-school sit-ins of the 1960s, and in response to the current challenging economic landscape.

A cohort of West Midlands printmakers will operate the press: establishing a functioning printmaking workshop, producing original prints and filling the gallery walls as artwork is made in real time. Regional printmakers: Taiba Akhtar, Haseebah Ali, Simon Harris, Fae Kilburn, Karen McLean, Laura Onions, Satinder Parhar and Heather Peak.

Start the Press! also includes a display of printmaking, featuring artworks by Lubaina Himid, David Hockney, Yinka Shonibare and Catherine Yass loaned from the Jerwood Collection. In addition, Ikon shows a series of prints by artist Pamela Scott Wilkie who first exhibited at Ikon in 1966. With funding from Freelands Foundation, Ikon Youth Programme and other educational groups will be introduced to the printmaking processes preserved in regional art schools.

This exhibition is supported by Jerwood Foundation, Freelands Foundation and The Saintbury Trust.

Start the Press! is presented as part of Ikon's 60th anniversary year.

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9 Feb 2024 - 21 Apr 2024

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IKON Gallery exteriorIkon Gallery, West MidlandsIkon is Birmingham's leading contemporary art gallery. Located in a dramatic Victorian building - formerly a boarding school - Ikon presents a regular programme of exhibitions, events, learning workshops and seminars.

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