ICA Returns to Day Membership

From 12 February 2014 the ICA will return to its roots as a membership organisation with the re-introduction of Day Membership, set at £1.

ICA News

28 Jan 2014

From 12 February 2014 the ICA will return to its roots as a membership organisation with the re-introduction of Day Membership, set at £1, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm (until 9pm on Thursdays). Day Membership will include access to art exhibitions in the main galleries as well as displays in the Fox Reading Room, and use of the ICA’s facilities such as the Café Bar and free wifi.

We’ll continue with our accessible pricing on Tuesdays, so there will be no Day Membership fee, as well as visitors being able to take advantage of our £3 Tuesday cinema tickets for matinee and evening screenings.

Our membership scheme is the oldest of any UK arts venue, running from 1946 to September 2008, and our archival records detail a rich history of artists, curators and writers who have been ICA members over the years, including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Jane Drew, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Dorothy Morland, Chris Ofili, Jasia Reichardt and Mark Wallinger.

Day membership will be free to annual members and also ticket holders, but is an opportunity for visitors to feel part of the ICA’s artistic community while also supporting our artistic programme which promotes and supports emerging art and artists.

Gregor Muir, Executive Director of the ICA –

‘The ICA’s uniqueness comes from being a membership organisation, which is what it was set up to be. I want to place a renewed emphasis on members being at the heart of the ICA and for the ICA to be seen as a base for its members. To become a member of the ICA is to help support its activities. I recall having been a proud card-carrying ICA member as a student and understood how my contribution was helping to sustain an incredible organisation.’

If you have any specific queries or feedback about our Day Membership scheme, please email Madeleine Harrison at .


Why is the ICA re-introducing Day Membership?
ICA was founded in 1946 and from 1948 until September 2008 it was a membership organisation with an option for Day Membership. By re-introducing the policy the ICA will return to its unique roots and be able to engage more directly with audiences and bring them closer to the organisation.

When is Day Membership launching?
Day Membership will be introduced at 11am Wednesday 12 February 2014 to coincide with the opening of the Richard Hamilton at the ICA exhibition.

What do Day Members get?
Membership for the day (during gallery hours, Wed-Sun 11am-6pm, until 9pm on Thursdays) includes access to un-ticketed exhibitions and events in the main galleries and theatre, displays in the Fox Reading Room, as well as the café bar and free wifi.

What are the exceptions to paying Day Membership?
There are a number of exceptions to collecting Day Membership:

  • Free all day on Tuesday
  • Free for under-18s
  • Free for all current members
  • Free to cinema, talk and event ticket holders
  • Free to concessions (disabled persons, senior citizens and un-waged)
  • Free to education groups. Pre-booking is available on the telephone via box office.

Where do I purchase Day Membership?
Day Membership can only be purchased in person on the day. Card or cash payment can be taken.

Can purchased Day Membership be put towards a new membership or ticket?
Yes. £1 will be taken off a membership or ticket price (until midnight the same day).

What about people who don’t want to pay?
Visitors have the option of attending for free on Tuesdays.

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