ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) London

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ICA London, photo by Mark Bibby Jackson
Carlton House Terrace, London, UK, London, UK

History of the ICA London

The ICA or Institute of Contemporary Arts is an arts centre located on The Mall inside Nash House. Founded in 1946, the intention was to provide a space where artists, scientists and writers could debate outside of the somewhat restrictive Royal Academy. It moved to Nash House in 1968.

The ICA inclues two cinemas, exhibition spaces, bookshop and a small bar. The intimate complex has always pursued a radical agenda, presenting some of the best contemporary works in the London arts scene. Its cinema has a global perspective, including hosting many international festivals, such as the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. Through becoming a member you can help the ICA continue its independent approach to the London arts scene, as well as fostering emerging talents.

Just across from St James’s Park, the ICA is a constant source of artistic inspiration as well as a great place to meet up with friends who are notorious for running late.

What’s On at the ICA London?

To discover what exhibitions are currently showing click here. A programme of the films showing at the cinemas, including seasons, can be found here. The 2021 season includes an exhibition looking into the struggle against institutional racism by Black communities, entitiled War Inna Babylon : The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights.

War Inna Babylon at the ICA London
War Inna Babylon at the ICA, photo credit Robert Croma

Where is the ICA London?

It is situated on the north side of The Mall, London (offices in Carlton House Terrace), just opposite St James’s Park.

How to Get to the ICA London

Nearest tube station is Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), which is also the closest mainline station.

Nearby Attractions

It is situated just past the Admiralty Arch on the right if you are walking towards Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are easily reached, as is Trafalgar Square through the Old Admiralty Arch, meaning you can head on from here to London Theatreland.

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