Friends in Love and War

25 September 2024 - 23 February 2025
Open Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
Free to all

Ikon and macLYON present works by over 20 artists from the British Council Collection and macLYON that explore the theme of friendship.

Based on mutual trust and affection, friendships are among our most valued relationships. Friends share life experiences, broaden horizons and build collective futures – yet the nature of friendship is difficult to define.

Taking place in the partner cities of Lyon and Birmingham, this exhibition also looks at diplomatic friendships, and how regional capitals and cultural institutions can create new ways of living and working together in a post-Brexit climate. It includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture and installation, with existing and new work by artists with longstanding connections to each city.

This exhibition is shown at macLYON, 8 March – 7 July 2024, before its presentation at Ikon later the same year.

This exhibition is supported by the British Council. Presented as part of Spotlight on Culture UK/France 2024 – Together We Imagine.

This exhibition is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year.

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Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2HS
01212 480708

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