Shooting Traces of Ikonic Places

Sun 27 July, 2pm with Pete Ashton

Start: Lord Nelson statue in Bullring, Spiceal Street  B5 4BG
Duration: 1h 30m

Starting in an octagonal kiosk in the Bullring in 1965 the Ikon Gallery has had five permanent venues in Birmingham city centre. As part of the Ikon Traces season, artist Pete Ashton asks if these locations still have residual art-power. Armed with key examples of visual art from Ikon's history and channeling the ghosts of past venues, we will tune our eyes and look at the city through this filter. Then, with our aesthetic neurons firing, we'll take photographs, creating new artworks from the vibrations of the old. This is a lighthearted and fun walk open to everyone with a camera and a willingness to look at the city in new ways.

Ikon Traces is part of a series of walks celebrating 50 years of Ikon Gallery.

About Pete Ashton

Pete Ashton is an artist and photographer who regularly runs group photo walks in Birmingham through Photo School. He's primarily interested in the act of taking a photo, the reasons and decisions people make before pressing the shutter, and how creatively engaging with a place through a camera can deepen your application of it. Other projects include building a portable camera obscura and extracting spectral music from photographs using slit scan processing.

Pete Ashton

Extra information:

  • All cameras are welcome, from phones to DLSRs. Walk is possible without a camera.

  • 1.5 mile walk at a slow pace through Birmingham city centre.

  • Accessible

  • Children who are interested in photography are welcome if accompanied by adult, min age 12.

Tickets for this event are available via the Ikon Gallery.