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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
  • A deserving Palme d'Or winner at Cannes '99, Rosetta is in the same, grim realist mould as the Dardennes' earlier La Promesse; it, too, offers a glimmer of hope through the prospect of friendship. Teenage Rosetta (Dequenne) has it tough: living in...
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  • Olivier (Gourmet) is a good teacher of carpentry, but a touch gruff; even so, when he refuses to accept young Francis into his workshop, that doesn't explain why he takes to following the boy, as if he were spying on him. Might it have something t...
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  • Time Out says
    • 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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  • 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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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Ever since 'Boogie Nights', the untamable Paul Thomas Anderson ('There Will Be Blood', 'The Master') has thrilled us with the mania of self-made men – porn stars, game-show hosts, oil prospectors and cultists. Now, for a change, the director grabs...
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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
    • 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 Sat April 25th 2015 - Sun December 20th 2015
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  • Sat April 25th 2015 - Sun June 21st 2015
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  • Contemporary art Sat April 25th 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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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!