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£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
  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Comedy seldom travels well from one culture to another, but from the first, pre-credits episode of this engaging if uneven satire highlighting humanity's more basic instincts, it's clear the young Argentine writer-director Damián Szifron has a kna...
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    Belgium's Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, make punchy, contemporary, socially aware films – simple on the surface but alive with compassion and wisdom. As filmmakers the Dardennes are never less than reliable, yet still 'Two Days, One Nigh...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Fashion fans will love this fly-on-the-wall doc about eight make-or-break weeks at the house of Dior, filmed in 2012 as newly-appointed designer Raf Simons puts together his first haute couture collection against the clock. The Belgian was hired a...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    ‘We don’t need “Top Gun” pilots. We need “Revenge of the Nerds”.’ That’s an expert talking about the computer-game skills many US Air Force pilots are required to have nowadays. These guys spend their days in windowless rooms in Nevada, remote-con...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    When his boss and mentor falls seriously ill, Lisbon government functionary Hugo (Filipe Duarte) goes into a tailspin. He looks back on his life, descends into a vortex of regret, and spends increasing amounts of time in his darkened office after ...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    In Spanish, the word jauja (pronounced ‘how-ha’) means a land of milk and honey, longed for but never reached. Argentine director Lisandro Alonso couldn’t have found a more appropriate name for his magical film about yearning and illusion. On one ...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Geek, loner, slacker, roommate, obsessive note-taker (‘rent Eraserhead’) – that’s the Kurt Cobain who emerges from this impressionistic profile, blessed by the late Nirvana frontman’s family and the product of enviable archival access. Notably abs...
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  • Contemporary art Tue April 21st 2015 - Sun December 20th 2015
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  • Contemporary art Tue April 21st 2015 - Sun May 17th 2015
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  • Contemporary art Tue June 30th 2015 - Sun September 6th 2015
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  • Installation Tue October 6th 2015 - Sun November 1st 2015
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Average User Rating

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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!