State of the Arts
January 29, 2019
March 23, 2019
January 29, 2019
Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BP, United Kingdom

Selfridges has joined forces with Ikon Gallery to bring thought-provoking art to the department store. The launch of State of the Arts features a stunning, specially commissioned piece by Perry Roberts, a Belgian-based British artist, as well as an art trail of works by other critically acclaimed artists.

Level 4 features a limited edition ‘A Real Birmingham Family’ sculpture by Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing – one of the only places in the city where it can be seen. The original £150,000 statue, commissioned by Ikon, features Birmingham sisters Roma and Emma Jones and their children. It was installed in Centenary Square in 2014 but was removed three years later for £10m transformation works to take place. Cast in bronze, the limited edition of 20 sculptures are priced at £7,200 each.

Alongside is ‘Still Life Jug’ by Richard Wilson – a handmade ceramic jug, depicted in motion, echoing unknown time through a shift in position. A limited edition of 50 has been produced, priced £3,000.

Level 4 will also feature ‘Carmen Miranda’ (pictured) – an outstanding art-reflecting-fashion piece by Joana Vasconcelos, which depicts a giant shoe made out of stainless steel pans. This eye-catching sculpture, is located in Shoe Galleries.

The final installation is the disco-ball inspired shoe, which is located by Gucci and the recently launched luxury personal shopping suite. The supersized mirrored shoe is encased in a large wooden transport box and showcases the art in an unexpected place.

The installations will be complemented by a series of drop-in art workshops for children and activities.

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Create your own mini stop-motion animation. Ikon will guide you through the step by step magic of creating your own moving story, using colour and collage

Date: Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd February

Time: 11am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location Kids on Level 1

Price: £4 per child



Learn the basics of casting with Jesmonite and create your own terrazzo tile with bespoke surface designer Olivia Aspinall. During the workshop you will design your colour palette, learn how to mix and add pigment to Jesmonite, cast into a silicone mould and finally sand and finish your tile.

Date: Thursday 21st March

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Click & Collect on Level 1

Price: £45 per person



Join Ikon’s Family Team as we cut, collage and print our way through the day. Inspired by the text works of Perry Roberts, families will be invited to use a variety of materials and techniques to experiment with typography, colours and composition.

Date: Saturday 23rd March

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Kids on Level 1 (Drop in session)