ICA reveals post renovation programme of music, film, performance, exhibitions, talks, and learnings

London's Institute of Contemporary Arts has completed its renovation project to make the building more user-friendly and easier to navigate.

A new foyer and café, reconfigured bookshop, and accessible ramp into a now enclosed gallery enhance the visitor experience ahead of its multi-disciplinary programme running this year.


The ICA's collaboration with d&b audiotechnik’s 360° Soundscape system continues to provide an optimal audio experience in the ICA’s Theatre now known as STAGE.

Taking to the ICA STAGE in the coming months will be ML Buch & Astrid Sonne (February 27th & 28th), George Riley (February 29), Brick Lane Jazz Festival Warm Up Party with Spirit of Sundaze Ensemble (March 2nd). caroline (March 17), GAIKA (March 23rd), Isobel Waller-Bridge (April 11), Baloji (May 1), Jasmine Jethwa (May 2nd & 3rd), and Claire Rousay (May 29).


The ICA will welcome two plays and a programme of dance work. On Tuesday, March 19th, the first play by Paris-Based artist and publisher Anaïs Ngbanzo will take to the STAGE. Dorothy, A Play is adapted from the book Who Are You Dorothy.

From April until August the STAGE will see the experiemental dance of the dark gleam rpesent works that act as sites for speculation and reinvention, often transdisciplinary, embedding formal technique with social dance.

On Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th, the Lower Gallery will host the UK premiere of Humour in the Water Coolant, a play by Olivia Erlanger exploring the panpsychic potential of domestic objects.

Dorothy, A Play playing at the ICA


Aria Dean: Abattoir, the New York-based artist’s first exhibition in the UK, is running now until Sunday, May 5th exploring the foundational place of death within modernity via two related artworks plus one-off events. Site and Simulation, a moving image screening curated by Aria Dean with a Q&A will be in Cinema 1 on Saturday, March  9th. 

A panel discussion in response to the current exhibition Abattoir by Aria Dean featuring writer and critical theorist Che Gossett and artist Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley in conversation with other guests will be hosted on Wednesday, April 3rd. There will be a live performance of Abattoir, U.S.A.! on Sunday, May 5th with theatre composer Evan Zierk and animator Filip Kostic joining Aria Dean for a new version of the film.

The ICA will also stage the UK’s first exhibition of artist Rheim Alkadhi from Tuesday, June 11th until September.

Aria Dean: Abattoir will be the New York-based artist’s first exhibition in the UK

Artist film and moving image

The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers. 

In two screenings, titled Political Cinema and Shamanic Visions and an in-depth workshop, the Artists’ Film Club programme will delve into Colectivo Los Ingrávidos’s groundbreaking approach to filmmaking from Tuesday February 20 to Thursday, February 22nd.

Opera Omnia, a new film by Valentin Noujaïm and musicians Space Afrika will premiere in June.

For more details about these events plus talks, learning, and further screenings visit www.ica.art.