Barry Flanagan at Ikon Gallery – Associated Events








To celebrate the work and interests of Barry Flanagan whilst the current major solo exhibition is on at the gallery Ikon have many varied associated events programmed.

On Wednesday 16th October at Medicine Bakery and Gallery Roma Piotrowska, Curatorial Officer at Wolverhampton Art Gallery will introduce three films by Polish-British artist duo Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, including The Adventure of a Good Citizen (1937), Calling Mr Smith (1943) and The Eye and the Ear (1944–5).  As a student of Birmingham School of Art, Flanagan included the Themersons in an exhibition at the RBSA and continued to include them in his magazine Silâns (1964–5). This event is supported by Film Hub Midlands and LUX.

Other events include:

  • Tuesday 29th October – ‘Between Poetry and Sculpture’ a discussion between Jo Melvin (Director of the Estate of Barry Flanagan) and the artist Roger Moss (an assistant of Flanagan’s) on the poetic’s of Flanagan’s practice.
  • Thursday 31 October – ‘Leaping Hares Workshop’ a creative workshop for families taking inspiration from Flanagan’s Leaping Hares.
  • Thursday 7th November – ‘OTO at Ikon: Gavin Bryars and Morgan Goff’ – Bryars, a prominent figure in minimalist and experimental music presents seven one-minute pieces written in response to Flanagan’s involvement in ‘Pataphysics

Booking is essential for all of the above.  For the full list of events and to book visit

Drummer (1996) – Loaned from Irish Museum of Modern Art to Kildare Village

‘Drummer’ (1996) was gifted by Barry Flanagan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in 2001. After 13 Years on display at the museum the five metre tall sculpture is now on loan to Kildare Village until February 2020. Here’s a video they’ve made of its journey down from Dublin to its new temporary home.


The Printed Line – Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

This touring show continues to travel the UK and is currently exhibited at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until the 10 November.  Join Professor Paul Coldwell, an artist and Professor in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of the Arts London, on Tuesday 22 October as he takes a broad view of printmaking and discusses the many reasons why artists are drawn to the multiple image.

For more information and tickets visit the Gallery website here.

Flanagan’s ‘Killary Bay ‘79’ (1979) is included in the exhibition alongside nearly 60 artists including Walter Sicker, Ben Nicholson Eduardo Chillida David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Kenneth Martin Simon Patterson.

Check out the fantastic video with Professor Paul Coldwell’s introduction to the four main printmaking techniques used by the artists involved.

Further dates:
16 Nov 2019 – 5 Jan 2020, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
11 January – 1 March, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford
7 March – 26 April, The Beaney, Canterbury
25 July – 5 September, Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley
19 September – 15 November, City Museum & Art Gallery, Worcester

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham – Solo Exhibition

Three weeks to go until Barry Flanagan opens at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham on 18th September. This major survey of over 70 works will include a selection of Flanagan’s iconic bronzes alongside earlier works made in many different mediums demonstrating his ongoing experimentation with materials and their properties.  The exhibition will run until the 24th November.

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Frieze Sculpture 2019


This year’s Frieze Sculpture will host Barry Flanagan’s ‘Composition’ (2008) presented by Waddington Custot.  Curated by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) Flanagan’s work will be exhibited alongside monumental sculptures from 23 other international artists including Huma Bhabha, Robert Indiana, Bill Woodrow and Bettina Pousttchi.  The display will be placed around the English Gardens in Regents Park and will be open to general visitors from 3rd July – 6th October.

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Art Fairs


Flanagan’s ‘Empire State with Bowler Mirrored’ (1997) is at TEAF New York at Waddington Custot Booth 319 until the 7th of May, (illustrated here). ‘Untitled’ (1979) was at Paul Kasmin Gallery at Frieze New York, until the 5th of May and‘Hare on Pyramid’ (1988) was at TEFAF Maastricht with Waddington Custot Galleries in March. Click the links to find more information on the artworks and check out our Summer Newsletter for details on Art Basel in June.

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Book Launch  


Flanagan’s ‘Funds’ (1969), ‘Miracle in the cabbage patch VIII 78’ (1978) and ‘Sand girl’ (1970) feature in the catalogue of Archeologi: the Metadata of Villa Lontana, curated by Jo Melvin and Vittoria Bonifati. The catalogue which was designed by Yard Press launched last Friday.

Barry Flanagan


Ikon Gallery


18 September 2019 – 24 November 2019


Ikon will present a major survey of work by Flanagan in September 2019. Curated with Jo Melvin the exhibition will offer new insights into the interconnectedness of seemingly distinct periods of Flanagan’s career and demonstrate his ongoing fascination with ontology, movement and the physicality of and experimentation with, materials with which he worked. More info here.


Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial

17 May 2019 – 15 September 2019


The sixth edition of the Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial ARTZUID 2019 will open in May and will include Flanagan’s ‘Large Nijinski on Anvil Point’ (2001). Here is the work installed in Beyond Limits: Chatsworth House in 2012.

The biennial will present over 80 sculptures from 50 international artists and emphasise the importance of public sculpture. More information can be found on their website.