It was very sad to hear that Ikon Eastside is facing closure due to the recent funding cuts (as reported in the Birmingham Post). The space has been open for about 4 years and been in three different locations in Digbeth. It’s most recent and arguably most successful incarnation has been on Fazeley Street, connected to the Fazeley Studios complex. The space has been an important part of the regeneration of the area. Digbeth/Eastside has really started to change in the past few years with the opening of Eastside Projects, Grand Union and the founding of We Are Eastside. The galleries have even started to have joint openings which really gives a community feel. It would be a real shame for any of the spaces to close. As Nicky Getgood has said on her post about the same subject, she has started to ‘experience local arts in bulk along an informal trail rather than visiting single exhibitions’.
Over the years, the space has hosted some brilliant shows. Here are some of my favourites:
It would be very sad to see Ikon Eastside go. It has helped put Eastside/Digbeth on the map. I feel that culturally, Birmingham needs these smaller galleries to showcase new works and help support up- and-comings, not only artists, but who wish to work in the arts. Fingers crossed!