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Created as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, this exhibition brings together reimagined artworks accumulated over time, including photography, sculpture, films, paintings, sound files and wall drawings.

Not usually a collecting house, Ikon Gallery like so many others has had to adapt and change as a cultural space due to the pandemic – this exhibition looks to bring something beautiful and positive out of a negative, letting current challenges inspire and feed the creativity of its artists, reimagining old works in exciting new ways.

The exhibition is available to browse online and there will be a film released online each week by artists including Haroon Mirza and Ann Veronica Jessons.

Jessons’ silent film, which is first up, explores the life and work of 104-year-old Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, while Mirza’s, year zero is an audio-visual work inspired by people singing from their windows during the first lockdown in Italy.

There are additional online activities available in association with the exhibition and inspired by the films, such as at-home activity packs for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. Sparking practical activities to do with children at home, they include painting, mask-making and portraiture and questions to inspire creative thinking.

Haroon Mirza’s film, year zero, was supported by Art Fund.

Film & videoPaintingPhotographyPrints & drawingsSculptureConceptualBirminghamModern artMuseums onlineWest MidlandsArt gallery


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