Ikon’s Autumn exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum will exemplify an art practice that places emphasis on the essential quality of materials, especially colour and texture, whilst asserting the importance of popular culture and craft activity. Her use of various fabrics – stained and dyed – and more recently glazed ceramics, is beguiling and refreshing in its offerings of simple pleasures. In this way, she subtly assumes a political, and feminist, position, challenging pomposity, notions of entitlement and hiera
La Fille mal gardee
Funny, tender and true, La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is a lovely ballet of rural bliss that will put a spectacular spring in your step. When country beauty Lise falls in love with farm lad Colas, she’s about to upset the apple cart. Her mother, Widow Simone, has her own ideas about who her daughter should marry. Enter Thomas, a pompous and wealthy vineyard owner. And Alain, his rich son – attractive as a potato, smart as a turnip and the proud possessor of two left feet. Now sit back and enjoy as this merry crew try to meet
Of the City
Come and share something you'd like to discuss, in relation to the theme: 'The Future of the Creative Industries'. Perhaps you want to chat about Afrofuturism, design thinking in schools, automation and digital, parenting in the gig economy, new economic models, or something completely different. You decide. This event brings the collective intelligence, capacity, experiences and resources into a space so we can design the future together. Conversations are directed however members wish, so that solutions become tangible and relationships form
ALL YOU NEED IS LSD
The drug laws in this country- the drug laws IN THE WORLD - all stem from this attitude that pleasure is a bad thing. In 2015, acclaimed British playwright Leo Butler accepted an invitation from former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, to be a guinea pig in the world's first LSD medical trials since the 1960s. Monty Python, Being John Malkovich, and Alice in Wonderland all resonate in this exhilarating and original comedy as we watch Leo jump down the rabbit-hole of a medical trial in search of enlightenment - and a good story. Alon
David Edgar: Trying It On
It’s 1968. David is 20. The Vietnam war rages. The world-wide student revolt is at its height. Martin Luther King is assassinated. Enoch Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. These events will define David’s politics and give focus to his playwriting. It’s 50 years on. the 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they still share the same beliefs? Is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out? David Edgar’s plays have been presented by the National Theatre,
Route 2020 Listening Party
The Route 2020 Listening Party is an event hosted by RemiXclusive, which will consist of a night full of good vibes, urban music and a whole load of litness! This event is for the Route 2020 EP which I will be dropping on the same night. The night will also consist of performances from Birmingham's most low-key but upcoming music artists. This party is one not to miss out on!
Indigo Nights: Lift
Indigo Nights: Lift is an intimate night of live music presented by Adjei Sun which showcases rising artists we believe are the ones to watch for the future. All artists perform with a live band on the night. Indigo Nights is a space created for everyone to come and express themselves, be free, uplifted and inspired. There are also live DJ sets on the night. It is a special, feel good night and one not to be missed.
This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Haroon Mirza in the UK to date, filling Ikon’s exhibition spaces entirely with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound. Involving smart sampling, often through collaboration with other artists, Mirza conveys an easy-going knowingness through a wide range of cultural references that foils sheer physical impact. His understanding of the nature of human perception – of what and how we see and hear – is demonstrated and combined with countless possibilities of mean
Harborne Handmade Christmas Market
Harborne Handmade Christmas Market is returning for a third year and is set to be another fantastic showcase of the very best local craftspeople and artisans. Alongside 24 craft stalls selling unique handmade products, Lil’s Parlour will be serving hot drinks and delicious cakes from a pop-up tea room. Shop local and support handmade in 2018! Free entry