Institute of Contemporary Arts
Institute of Contemporary Arts
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The Institute of Contemporary Arts is a public playground for presenting challenging work across the arts and for forging innovative ways of thinking about culture.
Monday & Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - noon - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday - noon - 1am
Sunday - noon - 9pm
All exhibitions are FREE.
A £1.20 booking fee applies to some live music events.
How to get to the ICA:
The ICA is on the Mall, at the foot of the Duke of York steps, 3 minutes from Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
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.
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.
Zhang Enli: Space Painting
- 16 October — 22 December 2013 *on now
Enli’s previous paintings featured seemingly mundane urban objects such as tangled wires, empty cabinets, cargo netting and stacked cardboard boxes. As with the objects he paints, the spaces are empty rooms that show signs of decay and come complete with dirt marks.
Semi-transparent layers of paint and the traces of brush strokes draw the viewer’s focus to the materiality of the painting, and in turn the newly created space.
Enli always paints with artificial light in a studio located in Moganshan Road art district, an industrial compound filled with galleries and artist studios in Shanghai. Looking at the tones and colours that permeate his work this lack of natural light is evident and enhances the presence of an artificial atmosphere.
Enli’s work embodies a very personal relationship with his surroundings and for the ICA he aims to stretch colours across the space 'like human skin' with thin washes of pigment creating a 'space painting'.
- Any age
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013
- 27 November 2013 — 26 January 2014 *on now
For the fourth year running we welcome Bloomberg New Contemporaries with 46 participants to the ICA.
This year’s selectors Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors have chosen outstanding works by the most promising artists coming out of UK art schools from a range of over 1,500 submissions.
Hamilton at ICA
- 12 February — 6 April 2014
For decades the most continually innovative of British artists, Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) was widely regarded as a founding figure of pop art. The ICA presents two installations, Man, Machine and Motion 1955 and An Exhibit 1957 by Richard Hamilton to coincide with the Tate Modern's retrospective.
Almost six decades after the artist presented these works at the Institute's original location in Dover Street, they will be re-staged to reflect the artist's close relationship with the ICA throughout his career.