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.
Luggage Store is an art space and nonprofit organization created in 1987 in San Francisco and aiming to create a community through various forms of art. Servicing the multicultural character of the local society, the programs and events organized by the center attempt to broaden local social networks and encourage dissemination of knowledge and ideas –these events include exhibitions, happenings, educational programs, music concerts etc. while available is also a garden in which ecological farming lessons are given (through this activity, the Luggage Store aims to educate the public to environment protection and sustainability.
The site includes a rich news section with information about the events organized, a program of these events, information about current and future exhibitions and an archive of all events organized in the past. Also offered is a special section with audio visual material describing how its garden was developed and what was the motivation for this development, while there is also mention for a future e-shop selling accessories to enhance the center’s funds.
IPS is a non-profit organization promoting modern art and housed in the facilities of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Extending the educational aspect that comes as a consequence of being housed in a university campus, IPS is functioning as a laboratory of experimentation and discussion centered around modern art, while many of its exhibitions feature debuting artists. Also, included in the organization’s activities are research programs in which groups of artists and various art world professionals participate.
In IPS’s web site, visitors can find information about current and past exhibitions, about the research programs which involve artists, editors, writers and designers and buy special editions of various works; included is also a blog which, though, isn’t been updated regularly.
Storefront is an art center founded in 1982 in New York as a non-profit organization with an emphasis on promoting pioneering ideas in architecture, arts and design. Besides exhibitions, Storefront also organizes open discourses and specialized publications aiming to make itself a vehicle for public dialogue and has already managed to be included in the list of the twenty most influential independent art-related organizations in the United States. Since its exhibition space is very limited, some of the works are exhibited in public spaces (parks etc.) around the city.
In the center’s web site which features a rather peculiar navigation menu, visitors can see the exhibitions that have been planned for the immediate future, an archive containing material from the 1980s until today, information about contests being organized and how one could participate in them, as well as audio-visual material from various events. Also included is a newsletter with information about future events.
Skulputren park is a foundation that started operating in 1997 in Koln and is housed in a 25,000 square meters open space used for the exhibition of sculptures; putting the sculptures in a natural environment has proven to be fortunate in creating an alternative way of exhibiting them since it combines the pleasant activity of a walk in a park with the exploration of the art works. The center was created by the couple Michael and Eleonore Stoffel, two of Germany’s most prominent art collectors and after their death, most items in their collection were donated to the Pinakotek der Moderne museum.
In the foundation’s web site, visitors can see the sculptures currently on exhibition in the park as well as the ones having been exhibited previously; also available is a catalogue of the artists who have received Skulputren park’s support and an interactive map of the park’s ground plan, including directions to each sculpture location and a description of the art work itself.
Artsadmin is an art space in London, active in promoting the work of young and up-coming artists from fields such as theater, dance and music while researching new methods of expression that combine innovations from a interdisciplinary domain. It was founded in 1980 as a non-profit state-funded organization and is housed in Toynbee Hall, part of which was renovated in 2006; after this renovation it now includes six rehearsal rooms, eight smaller, general-purpose rooms and a space functioning as a café-bar.
In the organization’s web site, visitors can see an analytical program for running performances and for performances being scheduled for the immediate future as well as an archive with all the events of the last three decades. Visitors can also subscribe to the web site’s very interesting weekly newsletter which, among other things, offers opportunities for collaboration to artists from various other organizations operating in the UK. Last, but not least, available is a lot of information about the available for rent spaces and an online bookstore with art-related books and DVDs.
Venn is an art and design space in Perth, Australia. It is housed in an old mill built in 1906 and renovated in 2010 to accommodate the center’s needs without losing much of its initial architectural elements. The center’s activities include art and design exhibitions and its rooms, which include a bar/café are available for renting to private or corporate entities.
In Venn’s web site, visitors can find a blog updated almost daily with the center’s news as well as photographic material from the various events organized there. Also, there is a section promoting the modern artwork related products which are sold in the specialized store in the center’s space; unfortunately, these products are not available for online sale. Of course, there is plenty of information about current exhibitions and photographs of the works on display, as well as price lists for each exhibition’s works.
The Royal Standard is an art space in Liverpool housing galleries, studios and teamwork rooms, aiming to be a place of dialogue and exchange of opinions on social affairs through the activities of a group of 27 artists with whom it has a permanent affiliation. It was founded in 2006 in a building that was formerly a pub and one of its main activities is a program named “Dialogues” for the members of the city’s artistic community; these “dialogues” are achieved through exhibitions and open discussions/debates.
In The Royal Standard’s web site, visitors can see the running exhibitions as well as an archive containing the ones previously organized; there is also a list of the affiliated artists, including short resumes for each one and a section with news related to exhibitions and other events in the broader Liverpool area (this section isn’t limited to The Royal Standard’s events but includes events from various other cultural centers and/or organizations).
HKW is a center in Berlin aiming to promote international contemporary art works but emphasizing on the works of artists coming from countries and cultures outside Europe. The center’s activities include visual arts, music, literature, performance arts, cinematography, academic debate and digital media reproduction; HKW is one of the very few institutions that, because of its international standing and because of the high level of its exhibitions is being funded by the federal government. HKW was founded in 1989 and it is housed in a building known as “Kongresshalle”; this building was built in 1957 as a donation from the USA and in its surrounding area, visitors can see Henry Moore’s biggest sculpture.
In HKW’s web site, visitors can find information about all current events, as well as a big archive of all the events hosted since 2005. Also, there is a section for students and children with information about particular events, a newsletter with the center’s news and a book publications’ section; the books contained there, though, cannot be bought through the web site.
Matadero is a contemporary art promoting center in Madrid, operating under the auspices of the city’s municipality and with activities focusing on four fields: visual arts, theatrical performances, design exhibitions and educational programs. It is housed in an enclosed 140,000 square meter space that in the beginnings of the 20th century used to be an open air animal market; later, the same space was used as storage room and as a greenhouse and today includes buildings totaling in an area of 80,000 square meters.
In Matadero’s web site, visitors can find information about the facilities and their uses that include experimental educational programs for children, a standing exhibition about design, a film projection hall, concert halls etc. Also, there is an archive of all the events that have been organized in the past for many of which there is also available audio-visual material, as well as information about resident programs for artists.
EMPAC was founded in 2008 as an organization that attempts to investigate the ways in which art meets science. What makes this attempt unique is that its activities are the output of a multi-faceted crowd of creators including artists, academics, researchers, engineers and designers. The organization is housed in a 22,000 square meters ultra-modern building in the suburbs of New York, and the building itself is a showcase of various technological innovations in acoustics, theatrical performance infrastructure and digital media; indicative of these innovations is a system that uses 24-channel audio in three cyclical groups of speakers, creates an acoustic dome that provides the listener with a (literally) hitherto unheard-of listening experience.
In the web site, visitors can see many pictures of EMPAC’s impressive systems and from various events that have been organized there, together with images from the public’s participation in these events. Also, there is much informative material about the various creativity labs and exhibitions, an archive of past events, information for artists regarding the collaboration programs offered and about the building’s spaces that include a concert hall, a theater and various specialized studios.