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The ICA supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors.

Founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson and Herbert Read, the ICA continues to support living artists in showing and exploring their work, often as it emerges and before others. The ICA has been at the forefront of cultural experimentation since its formation and has presented important debut solo shows by artists including Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Richard Prince and Luc Tuymans. More recently Pablo Bronstein, Lis Rhodes, Bjarne Melgaard and Juergen Teller have all staged key solo exhibitions, whilst a new generation of artists, including Luke Fowler, Lucky PDF, Hannah Sawtell and Factory Floor have taken part in exhibitions and residencies.

The ICA was one of the first venues to present The Clash and The Smiths, as well as bands such as Throbbing Gristle. The inaugural ICA / LUX Biennial of Moving Images was launched in 2012, and the ICA Cinema continues to screen rare artists' film, support independent releases and partner with leading film festivals.

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Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm.

Exhibitions are open 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm.

Admission charges

Entry to the ICA is with Day Membership, set at £1. Day Membership includes access to art exhibitions and displays, as well as use of facilities such as the café bar and free wifi.

Collection details

Fine Art, Photography, Film and Media

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014

  • 26 November 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

The ICA is delighted to welcome back Bloomberg New Contemporaries to its galleries for the 4th year running. Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from 1,400 submissions.

Previous New Contemporaries include Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson as well as more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost.

This year printmaking, moving image and performance occupy much of the final selection as well as an interest in modes of production and materiality. Certain artists explore themes linked to current affairs (Marco Godoy, Melissa Kime, Milou van der Maaden), human behaviour (Simon Senn, Lucy Beech, Stacey Guthrie), language (Matt Copson, Alice Hartley, Imran Perretta), desire (Yi Dai, Katie Hayward, Racheal Crowther, Tajinder Dhami) and the body (Bee Flowers, Yussef Hu, MKLK, Adam Wallace, Xiao-Yang Li).


Included in Day Membership (£1.00)



Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs

  • 9 December 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Artist and designer Julie Verhoeven creates an immersive installation in the Fox Reading Room that explores concepts of femininity and how they are represented in popular culture, both past and present. Primarily known for her work as a fashion designer and illustrator, this display highlights Verhoeven’s increasing interdisciplinary practice throughout the visual arts, from fashion illustration, to installation and film.

Using an array of collaged fabrics draped throughout the space, this installation creates a distorted vision of the representation of female identity, inviting visitors to gaze into and enter what Verhoeven describes as a ‘grotto of visual excess’. A newly commissioned film, referencing female seduction, titillation and perversion plays throughout the space from monitors placed within the basins of quilted toilet seats. Verhoeven aims to creates a playful, yet visually cacophonic and ominous environment that defies and questions our own perceptions of femininity gender and taste.


Entry with Day Membership (£1)



First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s

  • 27 January — 15 March 2015

First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s, offers a focussed look at Adrian Henri’s pioneering role in the ‘happenings movement’ in Britain, setting up the first ‘Event’ in 1962, through to enabling various collaborative events into the 1970s.

As a painter, poet, musician and performer he was a central protagonist during a period of intense creativity and collaborative artistic endeavours that centred in Liverpool – at the time a parallel centre for such activity alongside London and New York. Henri corresponded with performance artists including Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and Mark Boyle and authored a landmark publication, Total Art, Environments and Happenings *Thames and Hudson, 1974).

Reflecting Henri’s eclecticism and insatiable curiosity, the display features numerous artefacts from the Adrian Henri estate, including original prints, collages, annotated scripts and hand-made posters for happenings, objects, ephemera, rock posters, counterculture documents and correspondence, as well as rare audio and video material.


Entry with Day Membership (£1)



Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe

  • 3 February — 12 April 2015

In collaboration with The Mosaic Rooms, the ICA is presenting the first UK institutional solo exhibition of artist Dor Guez. As an artist of Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian descent, living in Jaffa, he is considered a leading and critical voice from the Middle East whose practice questions contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories. Entitled ‘The Painter’ this new installation is the first of five from a new body of work, The Sick Man of Europe. Guez's most ambitious project to date, it reflects on the military history and current political climate of the Middle East through the creative practices of individual soldiers from the region.

The installation presents the story of a painter-turned-soldier, a Jewish Tunisian who immigrated to Israel. The ’painter’ was conscripted to the Yom Kippur War as a reservist soldier in 1973 and, in recent years, has undergone psychiatric treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, part of which consists of repeatedly recording his memories of the war. These recordings are central to Guez’s new work, and relate directly to his artistic strategy of repetition and storytelling in re-evaluating accounts of the past.


Entry with Day Membership (£1)



Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee

  • 3 February — 12 April 2015

The ICA is delighted to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Viviane Sassen, a photographer who has garnered parallel critical acclaim as a fashion photographer and in the context of contemporary visual art. The content of the exhibition focuses predominantly on a body of work that Sassen made in Pikin Slee, Suriname in 2013. Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the Surinamese rainforest. The exhibition consists of black and white and colour works shot on an analogue camera.

In her first visit to Pikin Slee in the summer of 2012, Sassen was intrigued by the village and its inhabitants. Her eye was caught by the overwhelming natural beauty and the Saramacca's very traditional way of living, combined with the more mundane objects which seemed to seep through daily life. The Saramacca community are isolated from the outside world, living without running water, electricity, roads or the internet. The only way to access the village is by canoe, a journey of about three hours up-river. They grow their food on small agricultural plots, producing cassava bread, pressed maripa palm oil and dried coconut.


Entry with Day Membership (£1)




  • 24 March — 17 May 2015

FB55 is an archival display of Francis Bacon’s show held at its former premises on Dover Street in 1955. At the time it was Bacon’s first ever solo institutional exhibition in the UK. The presentation in the ICA Fox Reading Room will include a display of documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications.

Having represented Britain at the Venice Biennale the previous year, alongside Reg Butler, Lucian Freud and Ben Nicholson, surprisingly little is known of about Bacon’s 1955 ICA exhibition. It was organised with the help of philanthropist, collector and ICA founder Peter Watson - then the richest man in Britain whose death a year later was shrouded in mystery.

An inspiration to a younger generation of artists, Bacon stood apart from the more youthful Independent Group (IG) whose direct use of photographic material would eventually become synonymous with the birth of Pop Art. That said, Lawrence Alloway - the leading critic of the day - would later cite Bacon, not Richard Hamilton, as the founding father of Pop Art; possibly in reference to Bacon's dependence on the kind of photographic imagery derived from films, popular magazines and newspapers.


Entry with Day Membership (£1)