Two New Appointments at Ikon

Ikon is pleased to announce two senior appointments to its management team: Debbie Kermode joins as Deputy Director and Tyler Cann fills the post of Curator.

Debbie Kermode comes to Ikon from her role as Director of the arts education agency Bright Space. After completing an MA in Museum Studies at Leicester University, Kermode became curator at Ikon from 1999 to 2006, leading on the acclaimed off-site programme which developed dynamic relationships between art, artists and audiences in the public realm. More recently Kermode worked as Producer for Fierce Festival, promoting ground-breaking live art across the West Midlands by inserting it into innovative public situations. She continued to pursue this practice of participatory work with Birmingham Opera Company, RSC and Capsule, bringing programmes as diverse as opera, live art and heavy metal music to younger audiences. She is on the board of Pentabus Theatre Company, Fierce Festival and is a governor at Dame Ellen Pinsent Special School. 

Originally from Los Angeles, Tyler Cann holds degrees in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. He comes to Ikon from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand, where he was curator of the Len Lye Collection. In this role, Cann curated and collaborated on numerous exhibitions of Len Lye’s work, including the 2009 retrospective at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, for which he also co-edited the associated 2009 monograph, Len Lye.

Cann has lectured widely on the artist and kinetic sculpture of the 1950s and 1960s. His most recent projects have included the exhibitions Points of Contact: Jim Allen, Len Lye, Hélio Oiticica (with Mercedes Vicente) at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye: The Body Electric at Ikon itself.

Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director, said: ‘Ikon, not yet a museum, has two new acquisitions. Debbie and Tyler are invaluable from our point of view.’

Debbie Kermode said: ‘I look forward to re-joining Ikon and supporting the aspirations of such an ambitious and significant arts organisation as it continues to create unique projects, partnerships and networks that radiate from its Birmingham base across the West Midlands region, nationally and internationally.’

Tyler Cann said: ‘What a pleasure to join the excellent team at Ikon. I look forward to working with some very talented people to help support and enrich the cultural life of Birmingham, and hopefully extend the global conversation around works of art today.’

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