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.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
    ‘Kill that house!’ A man draped in furs stands in the middle of an endless wheat field and commands his ragtag posse of killers to lay waste to the only home in sight. What follows is one of the greatest shoot-outs this side of Sergio Leone, viole...
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  • Time Out says
    • 1 out of 5 stars
    It’s clear that Japanese director Naomi Kawase ('The Mourning Forest') has poured her heart and soul into every frame of this wishy-washy drama about two teenagers coming of age. That makes it all the more depressing that the end results are so re...
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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
    • 5 out of 5 stars
    Joshua Oppenheimer's 2012 documentary 'The Act of Killing' was a radical, disquieting thing: a bizarre forum for Indonesia's genocidal leaders (still feared nearly 50 years after their anti-Communist purge) to recreate their murders as fantasy ski...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    A title like that needs balls of brass to back it up. Luckily, this fiery college comedy from feature-debuting writer-director Justin Simien, loosely inspired by a series of scandalous black-face parties at all-white fraternities, is full of punch...
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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
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Is it possible to sum up a great man’s life in 91 minutes? That’s a very Orson Welles-ish question to ask – imagine it pondered in that rich, stentorian voice – and he’s perhaps the only filmmaker who might conceivably have managed it. So the ques...
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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday September 6 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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  • Until Sunday July 19 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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Tastemaker

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!