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New space, new exhibition, new books….

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. After a brief closure and some readjustments to our space, we're happy to invite you into our spacious new foyer and improved gallery. With the installation of an accessible ramp and a reimagined layout that separates the gallery from the main foyer, we've created a more inclusive and immersive viewing experience.

Be among the first to experience the new gallery with our upcoming exhibition, Aria Dean: Abattoir running from 8 February – 5 May.  Aria Dean: Abattoir is the New York-based artist’s first exhibition in the UK. The exhibition of the artist’s recent work explores the foundational relationship between modernity and death on conceptual and material levels. The ICA’s main gallery features Dean’s Abattoir U.S.A.!, a site-specific film installation with immersive 8-channel sound.

Our beloved bookshop has also had a facelift – with new stock, new furniture and new nooks for you to browse and cosy into. Just opposite the bookshop, we're building a new foyer cafe which will open on 14 February, in time for a Valentine's Day ICA trip with a loved one.

Come and browse our new stock or let our staff guide you with a book recommendation of their own, available to buy online:

Ishion Hutchinson: School of Instructions

'This is a poem for people who are unsure about poetry but are willing to give it a go. Thankfully it doesn't disappoint. Two stories run through it simultaneously, that of Caribbean soldiers stationed in the Middle East during the First World War and Godspeed’s, a young schoolboy living in rural Jamaica in the 1990s.' Elegiac and odic, epochal and lyrical, the triumph of School of Instructions is how it confronts the legacy of imperial silencing and etches shards of remembrances into a form of survival.'

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