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Birmingham City Breaks & The Ikon Gallery

by on Apr.10, 2011, under Vacations

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Birmingham is an interesting city in the English county of the West Midlands, it is a really popular city break destination. The city features an immense selection of superb visitor attractions including a great many listed churches and other impressive structures as well as many museums and galleries, including Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery.

The Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, is an art gallery which specialises in contemporary art which is housed in the building which was previously the Oozells Street Board School in Brindleyplace, but it wasn’t always in such surroundings.

The Ikon was founded in nineteen sixty four by four art students and Angus Skene. The four artists were; David Prentice, Jesse Bruton, Sylvani Merilion and Robert Groves. Angus Skene had purchased an artwork by Prentice and the pair of them talked about the endless problems suffered by local artists, which included the lack of support and venues. The discussion formed the basic ideas for Ikon which was to be a “gallery without walls”.

Skene funded the project initially, which consisted of mobile exhibitions in such unusual venues as post offices and cinemas in a motorcycle sidecar, the concept was to increase the accessibility of art to the general public. In order to keep costs down staffing duties was by the founding artists, family and friends who did it free of charge. In nineteen sixty five the Gallery obtained a glass stall in the Bull Ring shopping centre.

During the next couple of decades the Ikon Gallery moved from place to place until 1997 when it bought, with help from the National Lottery, its current premises, the former Oozells Street Board School. In recent years the Gallery has put on a number of exhibitions and its continuous ability to excel has led it to become immensely popular, to such an extent that in 2006 it opened another gallery, the Ikon Eastside in Digbeth.

If you are thinking about taking a short break in Birmingham we hope that you actually spend some time in the Ikon Gallery. Also it is important to know that although there are many Birmingham guest houses and hotels finding bed and breakfast in Birmingham can every now and again be pretty difficult. It is because of this that it is vitally important to book your accommodation at the earliest opportunity. You should know that the international airport is roughly eight miles distance from the center of the city just off the A45, near the M42. You will will be able to find a respectable number of hotels and guest houses not too far from the airport.

If you are planning to stay in Birmingham bed and breakfast accommodation you may be interested in our listings of accommodation near the Ikon Gallery

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