ICA

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ICA
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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.Don’t have a Time Out Card? Get yours here.

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
    The English director Joanna Hogg has a knack for making us squirm. Her new film, ‘Exhibition’, is an experimental at-home-with drama about two London artists, D (Viv Albertine) and H (Liam Gillick) who have lived together in a modernist house for ...
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    ET landed in the cosy American suburbs and wanted to go home. Now Scarlett Johansson – or something that looks like her – lands in modern Glasgow and thinks about sticking around in Jonathan Glazer’s creepy, mysterious and bold ‘Under the Skin’. O...
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  • Time Out says
    • 5 out of 5 stars
    With his extraordinary 2011 documentary ‘This Is Not a Film’ Iranian director Jafar Panahi tackled his house arrest under the repressive Iranian government. (Legend has it that the doc was smuggled out of Iran on a hard drive baked in a cake.) Now...
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  • Time Out says
    • 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
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    While not exactly a Hollywood nailbiter, Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has cranked up the voltage from his trademark stately style in this newsworthy drama. The opening credits to ‘The President’ tell us we’re in an ‘unnamed country’, but th...
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  • Time Out says
    • 5 out of 5 stars
    This eerie drama is a haunting, troubled look at marriage and what it means to love someone over many years. It gives us a retired Norfolk couple, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay), who we meet in the days leading up to their for...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    It’s a weary old truism that popular revolutions generally end up betraying those they were initiated to defend. But knowing that in advance doesn’t make Mexican drug-war doc ‘Cartel Land’ any less tragic and captivating. Essentially, it’s the sto...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    In a modestly sized apartment on New York’s Lower East Side, an independent nation has been declared. Breaking off from the outside world, Peruvian immigrant Oscar Angulo and his American wife Susanne decided in the 1990s to raise all seven of the...
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  • Installation Until Sunday September 6 2015
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  • Until Sunday September 27 2015
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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday December 20 2015
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  • Painting Until Sunday September 6 2015 Free
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  • Installation Thursday September 24 2015 - Sunday November 15 2015
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  • Installation Tuesday October 13 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015
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Average User Rating

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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. 

Sareta P

The ICA still makes me feel a bit giddy, like the early days of living in London. It's location alone - across from St. James's Park, down from Buckingham Palace and a hop away from Trafalgar Sq - makes it a special place to visit. However, it is instantly less assuming than it's regal neighbours and brings a brilliant slice of culture to central London. Cinema, exhibtion, cafe, shop - you can spend a good few hours in the ICA. Day membership is £1 but you get free access to exhibitions with any cinema ticket so it's well worth having a gander whilst in for a flick.

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!