In the “art spaces” section you can find a list of various art spaces, most of which go beyond the strict definition of what a “gallery” is; these are spaces that are versatile either in regard to their structure/operation-wise (i.e. artist-run spaces) or in regard to the use of their facilities and/or the broadness of the hosted events’ range. Here you can find (and suggest) cultural centers that host theatrical performances, film screenings, art exhibitions and interactive events regarding digital technology, as well as places with coffee shops, quiet spots, bookstores or even with farming areas that organize farming lessons tutorials.
WUT is an art space in Vienna founded in 1987 and housed in an spectacular 129,166 square foot building that used to be a factory for the production of train engines. The center’s activities focus on four categories: visual arts, children’s theater, educational and consulting programs and collaboration with 130 independent cultural groups that are permanently hosted in its facilities and form the organization’s program. The center offers infrastructure and organizational support for works that have an artistic, social or political focus.
In the very impressive in regard to content offered and availability of sections, visitors can learn about the institution’s philosophy and history, find a calendar with all its events classified according to subject/interest, learn about the various social and political groups collaborating with the organization with a brief profile for each of them and information about the organization’s intra-cultural initiatives and about the art exhibitions that have been organized in the past and will be organized in the future. Another very positive note is that all the content of the web site is available in English something rather unusual in web sites with such an abundance of content.
Locus+ is an agency collaborating with artists for the production and presentation of works that are hosted in spaces other than galleries; for all works, the space they are presented in is a part of the experience and emphasis is put on social participation and cooperation. It was founded in 1993 in Newcastle and it is the successor to “The Basement Group” and “Projects UK” which was the first agency to focus on visual arts in the UK and which in the ten years it has been operating it organized more than 230 events. Locus+ is housed in the grounds of Sunderland University and it hosts the biggest time-based media archive in Europe.
In the web site, visitors can find a big archive with projects that have been organized from 1976 until today classified in more than 90 thematic sections, a list with the artists that have collaborated with the agency in the past, a section with publications and limited-copy reproductions of various art works (these are sold directly from the web site) as well as a newsletter with the agency’s news.
littlefield is a performance and art space in Brooklyn’s Gowanus industrial area. It is housed in an old, 6200-square foot warehouse and for its design sustainable growth elements have been taken into consideration; these elements include sound walls formed from recycled rubber tires, a bar built from salvaged bowling alley lanes, and energy supplied by wind power and a water recycling system the water of which is used for watering plants. The space’s sound system is state-of-the-art and it is designed for live music, art installations, and film screenings.
In its web site, visitors can see a calendar with all scheduled events and buy tickets for any of them, they can find information about art exhibitions, an FAQ section explaining various matters dealing with the space’s operations and with collaboration with artists as well as texts with diagrams and specifications for the available spaces.
Center of Contemporary Art was founded in 2006 in Torun, Poland and it operates under the aegis of the country’s Ministry of Culture while its construction was carried out with subsidies granted by the European Union. It is housed in an 86,111 square feet building with half of the space being available for exhibitions and the other half hosting a 136-seat cinema, a bookstore, a café, a restaurant, conference rooms and general purpose rooms that are available for rent.
The web site offers an exhibitions section presenting running and previous exhibitions going back to 2008 with a detailed description for each event; in some cases, videos are also included. Also available is a section with the center’s activities such as festivals, educational seminars for children and adults and a reading room as well as a section with publications (e.g. high quality bilingual exhibition catalogues). Also visitors can find a separate web site hosting the center’s community (unfortunately it is available only in Polish) and an application which offers a virtual 3D tour of the exhibition rooms.
Creativity Explored is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco offering artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to express themselves and exhibit their creations; besides giving them an exhibition space it also offers them guidance and education by renowned artists, free materials they need for their art and professional orientation advice so they can advance their careers. All creations are exhibited in the gallery and they are available for sale with the organization itself receiving only a 5% commission; most of Creativity Explored’s income comes from donations by private parties and other organizations. Creativity Explored was founded in 1983 and it now offers assistance to about 130 artists every year; the six exhibitions it organizes every year are visited by more than 10,000 people.
In the web site, visitors can see a brief video presenting the organization’s goals and characteristic cases of artists who are promoted through its activity. Also available are resumes and representative works for the hundreds of artists collaborating with the center, a collection of artworks many of which can be bought through the site itself and a weekly updated blog.
Art Space is a nonprofit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut and it focuses on presenting contemporary art; since its founding in 1997, it has helped more than 3,000 artists from the broader Connecticut area to advance their careers. Among its activities are the organization of art exhibitions both in its facilities and in various spots around the city, an annual festival and a youth education program; Art Space’s main facility is a 5000 square feet exhibition and performance space that used to belong to a furniture factory and which is also available for staging of plays, conferences etc.
In the web site visitors can see an archive with all the exhibitions that have been hosted since 2001, a directory of artists based in the area accompanied by a small resume and characteristic works for each one, information about collections that have been on exhibition in the past, opportunities for collaboration with artists and an online store selling various items such as t-shirts, reproductions of art works etc. Also, there is a parallel project running on its own web site which offers artists the opportunity to open their studio to the public for three-week periods.
Art Laboratory Berlin was founded in 2006 by an international team of art historians and artists. As a non-commercial art space, it was established as a platform for inter-disciplinary exhibition projects in an international context. The foundation’s main focus is the presentation of contemporary art in relation to other artistic and scholarly fields (e.g. the exhibition series Art & Music, Art & Text, Art & Science, Art & Law), while in the series Artists in Dialog two artistic positions with a common theme, motif or strategy formed the starting point for an exhibition. At the same time, the foundation attempts to bring in contact artists and the public through public discussions with artists and curators, lectures and film screenings.
In the web site which is designed in a minimalistic and not always very functional manner, visitors can see an archive with all the exhibitions that have been organized (each one with its own brief description), a blog with visual material from these exhibitions and information about running projects; visitors have also the option to make a donation if they are so inclined.
May’s primary purpose is to encourage cultural and artistic diversity and evolution by bringing contemporary artists from around the world to integrate, live and create in the New Orleans Metro area.
May assists the resident-artists in expressing themselves clearly and without inhibitions by providing a live-work studio, support staff, and financial assistance when possible.
As an educational venue for the community, May provides a public space for exhibitions and a place where the public can interact with exhibitions and their artists.
May encourages resident artists to become immersed in the culture of New Orleans, and to continue the diversification of art in the city through exposing the local artistic community to an intercultural dialog that extends far beyond the city.
Intersection is an art space based in San Francisco and part of the 5M network. It was founded in 1965 and in its almost fifty years of existence, it has been promoting collaboration, helping the development of local communities and assisting social change through art. Intersection produces and hosts works from a wide variety of fields including performance arts, literature, visual arts and intra-scientific discussion and also supports educational initiatives aiming to promote arts in the broader public.
In the Intersection’s web site, visitors can read about the center’s history and how its creators were inspired by the social movements of the 1960’s, find information about available for rent spaces, and read about its particularly rich events’ program that includes jazz performances, literary gatherings, theatrical plays and educational programs for children as well about the center’s special sponsorship and technical support programs for up and coming artists. Also offered is a blog with regular updates containing news, events’ information and articles about the various programs available.
Furtherfield is an art space created in 1997 in London by artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett and which in 2009 was converted to a nonprofit organization (since 2005 it has been receiving government funding). Its peculiarity focuses on its function as an artistic collective with its activities centered on digital art; in the fifteen years it has been in operation, it has collaborated with more than twenty six thousand artists, making it a creativity platform communicating a participation and co-creativity oriented culture in fields such as software, music, visual arts and video art.
In Furtherfield’s web site, visitors can see the organization’s mission statement and a profile; this also includes a very interesting video where contributors describe their vision. Also included is a section with projects in progress, an exhibition and events’ program, collaboration plans offered to artists etc. Last but not least, it offers a blog as well as a section related to the community which, unfortunately isn’t as well developed as we would like; our guess is that this balances out with the offline communal activities.