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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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Exterior shot of the Institute of Contemporary Art, a neo-classical style building, at night

Neil Beloufa

  • 17 September — 16 November 2014 *on now

Coinciding with Frieze 2014, Neil Beloufa will take over the Lower Gallery and Theatre spaces to show a selection of installations in combination with a series of moving image works, which explore the blurring of narrative, make-believe and truth that underpin the representation of real-world events.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Exterior shot of the Institute of Contemporary Art, a neo-classical style building, at night

Beware Wet Paint

  • 22 September — 9 November 2014 *on now

Beware Wet Paint will bring together around 10 contemporary painters from across the world to propose a new path for painting. The inspiration for Beware Wet Paint, the title itself taken from a quote by Duchamp, was the ICA’s collaboration with Thames & Hudson for the publication 100 Painters of Tomorrow, which will be published around the time of the exhibition.

Beware Wet Paint which brings together 10 contemporary painters from across the world who “propose a new path for painting”.

Suitable for

  • Any age