LIFT travels the world to bring global stories to London, transforming this city to stage, presenting unique cultural experiences and sharing the stories of the world with the culturally curious.

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Temporary collections are displayed throughout the year in three gallery spaces and public areas of the ICA.

A wide range of films are shown daily on two cinema screens.

Regular live performances, music events and clubnights take place in the Theatre and Bar.

An exciting range of talks, debates and discussions on everything from science to politics features on the monthly programme.

Interactive exhibitions, chatrooms, digital art, all in the New Media Centre.

Plus: education programme, private hires, Crporate hospitality, Bookshop, Bar and Cafe.

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Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Annual Becks Futures art prize
  • Recent exhibtions include work by Mike Nelson, M/M, Philippe Parreno, Francois Roche, Pierre Huyghe, L.A. Raeven & Annika Larsson, de Rijke / de Rooij, Fergus Greer, Richard Kern and Lothar Hempel.
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Fly By Night

  • 21 — 24 June 2018 *on now

Multidisciplinary American artist Duke Riley’s epic outdoor work will see over 1000 trained pigeons soar into the skies above the River Thames in a glorious spectacle of unprecedented scale and beauty.

In its first international performance since its premiere at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, Riley’s world-class airborne installation has been reimagined for London’s historical military location of Thamesmead, paying beautiful homage to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes who played crucial roles delivering messages between distant personnel.

The call of a whistle provides the signal for the massive flock of pigeons to emerge from their purpose-built coop and elegantly twirl, swoop and glide through the skies, the leg bands that once carried vital messages replaced by tiny LED lights to illuminate the night sky and create an extraordinary, unmissable performance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

The Mall
Greater London




020 7968 6800

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