Yorks at Ikon

New: Art at Yorks - at Ikon

Mark Murphy's work.

Mark Murphy's work.

Lily Wales' work.

Lily Wales' work.

Opening 15th March, the new Yorks cafe at Ikon Gallery will host a new exhibition of work by two hand picked local artists: Lily Wales, and Mark Murphy. Curated by myself, Jenny Duffin, the work will be in situ at the new cafe until June, to coincide with the Ikon exhibition running parallel.

All the work is available for sale, with a fresh exhibition of work being installed in June.

The exhibition has already attracted the attention of I Choose Birmingham, and Lily's work is also due to be featured in Bab Mag.

See Mark's interview by CLICKING HERE

There will be a launch evening especially for this exhibition, date to be confirmed once the cafe is up and running. There are also plans to run collage workshops at the cafe, so keep your eyes peeled for dates.

About Mark.


Mark Murphy is an Artist, Designer and Musician, based in Birmingham, UK.

A Graphic Designer for many years, during the past 5 years Mark has enjoyed the challenge of making works in a purely analogue way. Seeking out weird and wonderful print from the last 70 years, he creates hand cut paper collages that play with graphic composition, juxtaposition, space, scale and surrealism. 

Chance plays an important role in the creation of these works - which elements present themselves, how they combine. The pieces are sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, often humorous.

Mark creates his collage work in a shared studio space in Stirchley in the south west of Birmingham, close enough to the chocolate factory to smell flake in the air on a densley cloudy day.

About Lily.


Lily Wales is an Artist, based in Birmingham UK.

Lily Wales specialises in hand crafted photomontage, producing work that demonstrates the entanglement of nature and culture within industry. Upon graduating Visual Communication at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, she was awarded Best Emerging Artist by Karen Newman and given the Fine Art Photography Award from Brian Griffin.

Currently she is undertaking the Fine Art MA at the Birmingham School of Art. Within the MA she is exploring the tactility within photomontage. The materiality of the work produced for Yorks is informed by the Roger Hiorns exhibition at the Ikon and explores the culture of the atomic age.