ICA

ICA
Trafalgar Square
Special offers

Accepts Time Out Card

£15 for annual membership

Usually £30. Benefits include: 25% off limited ed. prints, £4 off all films, 10% off at the ICA Bar and 12 free member screenings a year. Please note, Membership can ONLY be bought at the ICA when you show your Time Out Card.

This offer can be redeemed between 11am and 9pm.See great offers available to all the Time Out Card holders

Founded in 1947 by a collective of poets, artists and critics, the Institute of Contemporary Arts was intended to drive the London arts scene forward into brave new territory. The ICA has floundered somewhat in recent years, its status as art's rebel institution holding less sway in a scene awash with controversy-seeking work. Located on The Mall since 1968, the venue programmes arthouse cinema, performance art, philosophical debates, art-themed club nights, cutting-edge bands and anything else that might challenge accepted notions. There's also an excellent bookshop and sunlit café-cum-bar.

Venue name: ICA
Contact:
Address: The Mall
London
SW1Y 5AH
Opening hours: Tue (Free), Wed, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; Thu 11am-9pm. Bar: Tue-Sun 11am–11pm.
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: £1 Day membership, free Tue, under 18s and concs
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Pigeons do the funniest things. They burn their feet off with their own corrosive poo. They cannibalistically eat their dead. But do they reflect on existence? You won’t find the answer in this brilliantly odd black comedy from Sweden’s Roy Anders...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    The title makes you think of Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ – but that takes away from the specialness of this French coming-of-age-drama which is powerfully attuned to race, solidarity and the dead ends that many kids have to be smart enough to av...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    ‘Don’t kill him – wear him down.’ Those are among the first words we hear in Abderrahmane Sissako’s devastating African drama ‘Timbuktu’, spoken by a gun-toting jihadist chasing down a fleeing gazelle. The scene sets a chilling tone that’s impossi...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    This evocative, simmering slice of poetic realism may swerve towards cliché at times, but it marks a confident feature debut for director Guy Myhill. In a remote corner of the Norfolk fenlands, cow-eyed teenager Goob (Liam Walpole) has just left s...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    With ‘Twilight’ in the rear-view mirror, movie vampires are going goth. After Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, along comes this pulse-quickening debut by Ana Lily Amirpour. She’s an LA-based director who infuses her night-time tale with el...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    In June 2013, after several months of coded messages back and forth, US security worker Edward Snowden summoned three people to a hotel room in Hong Kong to reveal who he was and what he wanted. Two of the three were journalists: freelancer Glenn ...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    A perfect Swedish family’s skiing trip in the French Alps seems to be going just fine in Ruben Ostlund’s remarkably confident and subtle comedy, a film in which domesticity unravels deliciously. Apart from a little whingeing from the kids, everyon...
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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday December 20 2015
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  • Until Sunday June 21 2015
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  • Until Sunday July 19 2015
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  • Friday May 29 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
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  • Contemporary art Tuesday June 30 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015
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  • Electronica Tuesday August 25 2015
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  • Installation Tuesday October 6 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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I simply love The ICA. I don't pretend for one moment to understand all I see there, but the Cinemas, Galleries and Cafe never fail to intrigue and delight. Last night I joined a Time Out Card curated tour of the "Looks" exhibition. The curator (Juliette, I think) was so eloquent and passionate about her work and the artists on display. The exhibition tackles gender representation in the digital age. Mixed media to include an awesome 20 minute dual-screen film. Fabulous stuff - and left me just in the right mood to walk down the Mall, under Admiralty Arch and into the London night. 

Syirin Said

It's actually quite rare to find a place like the ICA in London. Fair play that London does have places that are quirky yet traditional but the ICA stands out by being exceptionally cool. Having a cinema is definitely an icing on the cake for someone like me who is always craving for a place I could 'escape' to that is cool, understated yet elegant.

Luke

Amazing institution with a great film programme - and now a super deal on membership!