The Ikon Gallery presents two exhibitions exploring the relationships between identity, crime, trauma, and visual art
The first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of convict artist Thomas Bock. Comprising a selection of drawings, paintings and photographs, it demonstrates not only Bock’s technical skill, but also his sensitivity to a wide range of subject matter. Trained in Birmingham as an engraver and miniature painter, in 1823 Bock was transported to Australia for 14 years. Bock proceeded to make a living for himself through his portraits of British colonists, usually government officials, wealthy farmers, businessmen and their families.
Edmund Clark: In Place of Hate
British artist Edmund Clark is Ikon’s artist-in-residence (2014–2018) at Europe’s only entirely therapeutic prison, HMP Grendon, in Buckinghamshire. This exhibition is the culmination of his residency, comprising photography, video and installation. Established in 1962, HMP Grendon requires inmates to accept responsibility for their offence. Clark, an artist with a longstanding interest in incarceration and its effects, has worked with inmates, prison officers and therapeutic staff, immersed himself in the prison routines and taken part in wing community meetings, a key element of life at Grendon.
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