ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir takes a look at the upcoming week's events.
I hope you had a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend.
We are delighted to report that our two exhibitions Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years and The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life opened to a great reception last week. And Smithsfest over the weekend was also a runaway success. We look forward to bringing you more fests over the year, with MickRonsonfest (Sat 27 April) and Blondiefest (Fri 5 July) coming up next.
We have also launched three new limited editions last week - Bernadette Corporation with Benjamin Alexander Huseby, Tom Sheehan's The Smiths, February 1984 and Mick Rock, with a 25% discount available for Patrons. More details of these can be found on the ICA website.
On Wednesday 3 April we have BAFTA Masterclass Labs: Archive Producing with Sam Dwyer. Dwyer has worked on some of the best music documentaries in recent years including Marley with Kevin Macdonald; George Harrison: Living in the Material World with Scorsese; Submarine with Richard Ayoade; and Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten with Julien Temple.
Among films at the ICA, from 4 – 9 April we will be playing host to the Birds Eye View Film Festival which focuses on recent work by female Arab directors. As part of this we are screening Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise, a spellbinding journey through the art, architecture and vibrant stories that inhabit Damascus, which will be followed by a Panel Discussion with the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
And on Sunday 7 April we have Sylvain George's Vers Madrid – The Burning Bright! that documents the origins of the Occupy movement and how the grassroots protest movement evolved in Madrid in 2011. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
Our Culture Now on Friday 5 April is with John Yorke who will be discussing his career producing a vast array of British TV and radio drama including popular shows (Hustle, Spooks, Casualty, Bodies, Omagh, Sex Traffic) he worked on as both Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production. He will be in conversation with Robert Collins who is the Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times.
I look forward to seeing you at the ICA this week.
Very best wishes,