In summer 2018, the ICA will open a new, temporary space in the East Boston Shipyard and Marina called the ICA Watershed.

Housed in a former copper pipe factory, the 15,000-square-foot, raw, industrial space will be unlike anything in Boston. Award-winning firm Anmahian Winton Architects (AW) has been engaged to restore the historic building for new use and create a unique space for immersive artworks engaged with the site. An introductory gallery will focus on the historic shipyard, while a waterside plaza will serve as a casual gathering space. The Watershed will be open seasonally, and admission will be free. Visitors will travel between the two locations by boat. 

The Watershed represents an exciting and creative mode of growth for the museum. With this project, the ICA will make a cross-harbor connection that is central to our vision of art, civic life, and urban vitality. It takes art beyond our walls, building upon a decade-long history of public art projects that bring together landscape, history, and contemporary art. The new facility is a central component of the ICA’s recently completed five-year strategic plan, A Radical Welcome, designed to deepen the vibrant intersection of contemporary art and civic life in Boston. 


Free admission to the Watershed is made possible by the generosity of Alan and Vivien Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.