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About
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is London’s leading space for contemporary culture. We commission, produce and present new work in film, music, performance and the visual arts by today’s most progressive artists. In our landmark home on The Mall in central London, we invite artists and audiences to interrogate what it means to live in our world today, with a genre-fluid programme that challenges the past, questions the present and confronts the future.

The cross-disciplinary programme encourages these art forms and others to pollinate in new combinations and collaborations. We stage club nights and film festivals, gigs and exhibitions, talks and digital art – with interplay and interaction at the core of all we do.

Our history of presenting and promoting visionary new art is unrivalled in London: from Kenneth Anger to Kathy Acker, Kano to Klein, Jackson Pollock to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gay Sweatshop to Forensic Architecture, Pop Art to queer techno. Today, as ever, our inclusive programme reflects and represents who we are as a disparate and diverse collection of cultures and identities.

Central to the ICA’s vision and mission is a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion at all levels of the organisation. We acknowledge that in the past the organisation maintained racial inequalities which have marginalised some individuals and communities. We are now striving to improve our communication, culture and behaviours so that we are a truly inclusive organisation.

We want to create and maintain an ICA that is a positive environment where similarities and differences of people are valued – a space where everyone belongs and feels welcome. We hold ourselves accountable through our regularly reviewed:

Anti-Racism Strategic Plan

Equality and Diversity Policy and Action Plan

Safety Policy

Exactly 75 years after a group of artists and poets founded the ICA as an alternative to the mainstream, we are committed more than ever to pave the way for the next generation and to platform creative voices. The ICA continues to celebrate risk and champion innovation, and experimentation across the arts – a playground and a home for today’s most vital artists. 

The ICA is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.


Catalogue/poster for the exhibition James Joyce: His Life and Work, ICA, designed by Richard Hamilton, 1950