Founded in 1946 by a collective of artists, poets, writers and their supporters, the Institute of Contemporary Arts has always been a thriving membership organisation.
Seventy years ago, the ICA founded a now-iconic institutional model intended to platform the most pressing debates in contemporary culture. The continued growth of this legacy is thanks to the enthusiasm of our members, whose support allows us to maintain a truly independent and unique voice.
Under the directorship of Stefan Kalmár, the ICA is now reaffirming the membership model by introducing the new ICA Red Membership.
Independent organisations need independent funding. The ICA has currently close to half a million visitors annually. Now, imagine if only 1000 (0.2%) of those were to join as Red Member: that would generate an additional £200,000 to support our program. Or, if only 2% of our annual visitors were to join, that would generate an additional staggering £2,000,000, enabling us to commission more new works, stage more live performances and concerts, produce more plays, and support independent filmmakers and artists working in film.
Joining the ICA as a Red Member is the most direct way to support new ideas, new works and independent minds. Above all, it keeps the ICA’s voice truly independent.
Red Members enjoy free access to every aspect of our programmes: Exhibitions, Films, Talks, Plays, Concerts and Performances, including 25% off on all Editions, 10% off on all purchases from our Bookstore as well as 10% off on all food and drinks from Rochelle Canteen all for a monthly membership contribution of £16.66.
Standard priced membership will be the ICA Green Membership, giving you access to an updated set of benefits for an annual membership fee of £40 (or £45 without Direct Debit).
Our lowest priced membership level, the ICA Blue Membership (for those under 26 years old, students, over 65 year-olds, the unemployed and disabled people) is kept at the current accessible level of £10 (or £15 without Direct Debit) annually. We are proud that our concessionary membership remains among the most accessibly priced and best value of London’s arts institutions.