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.
RedCat is an interdisciplinary modern art center that stages innovative art events (visual arts, theater, literature etc.) and that is collaborating with the California Institute of the Arts (aka CalArts). The RedCat center is in Los Angeles, California and is housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall; its facilities include an exhibition hall that functions as an art gallery, a theater and a reception hall.
In the center’s web site, visitors can get information about its activities; the information is classified in two main categories, the ones that take place in the theater and that include dance performances, music concerts and events that make use of digital technology and the ones that take place in the art gallery –this last one, also contains an archive of events held in the past. RedCat also publishes books that are available for sale from the web site.
The Book Club is a bar-restaurant in London that organizes creative laboratories, cultural events, exhibitions and open discussions; it is housed in a Victorian era building that used to be a storage space and it takes up two floors. The events organized cover a wide spectrum of fields including art, music, cinema, fashion, philosophy, design, scientific discussion and handicraft workshops.
In its web site the home page is designed as a calendar including the events that are available every day; every event has its own Facebook information page but visitors can also check out Book Club’s Flickr page that includes thousands of high resolution photographs from the various events that have been organized in the past. Also, the center organizes an open space event called Basecamp, a party-like gathering where the public can meet artists and discuss with them as well as an open kitchen that offers fast food made from organic ingredients.
Studio 301 is an art space operating in Amsterdam since 2003 and housed in a building that used to be a cinematography academy. Besides hosting cultural happenings, the foundation aims to present alternative activities applied to personal development and improvement of everyday life. Towards this goal, it offers specialized workshops and educational programs related to fields like yoga, dance, healthy lifestyles, environment protection, harmonious co-existence within society etc. The organization’s spaces include exhibition and film screening rooms, a small publishing workshop and a vegetarian restaurant.
In Studio 301’s web site, which is based on an original albeit somehow unintuitive navigation scheme, visitors can learn more about the organization’s activities and events (exhibitions, film screenings etc.), can find information about previously organized events, about artist hosting programs etc.
ICA was founded in 1947 by poet, historian, art critic and anarchist Herbert Read as a place dedicated to contemporary art and it developed to one of the most important expression vehicles of British avant-garde. Since 1968, it is being housed in an emblematic Regency building built in London in the beginnings of the 19th century by architect John Nash and besides the exhibition spaces it includes a coffee shop and a book store. ICA has been the debut grounds for artists such as
Demian Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Luc Tuymans and Steve McQueen while it was one of the first venues to feature music bands such as The Clash in 1976, the Stone Roses το 1989 etc.
In the institute’s web site, visitors can learn about its activities (art exhibitions, screening of films and music concerts) while a rich archive is also available featuring texts, audio-visual material and a blog updated almost on a daily basis. Also offered is an online shop where visitors can find book titles on art, DVDs of films and documentaries, magazines and numbered reproductions of art works.
The Kitchen is a New York based organization that provides infrastructures for art exhibitions and performances for a variety of artists; among them painters, musicians, authors and poets, film directors, dancers etc. It was founded in 1971 as a nonprofit artists’ collective and two years later it became a nonprofit company
The site offers a calendar of the Kitchen’s various activities with detailed information for each activity and the option to buy a ticket for it. A section that merits special mention is the site’s “Archive” presenting audio-visual material from the 40-plus years the organization has been in existence; the only problem is that access is restricted. Also, interested parties can see the various sponsorship programs and their benefits while another useful service is the mailing list that helps the visitor stay informed about upcoming events.
Gloria Carr is one of those people who visited a place for vacation (in this case, the island of Skopelos), was enchanted by it and decided to stay there permanently. While staying in the island, she also decided to realize a dream of hers and create an artists’ studio where visitors can take art lessons and learn about Greek history and culture while enjoying their summer.
The foundation offers stays from two weeks to two months for people interested in ceramics, painting, sculpting, engraving etc. Taking 2012 as an example, there are four different programs (mostly for professionals or various school graduates) running from May until July; that is, covering the beginning of the summer. Each program borrows elements from Greek history and there is also an ongoing effort for them to get integrated with the local community (for example in 2011, the foundation’s students painted a mural in a local school).
Radial System V is an art space which opened in 2006 in Berlin, in the banks of the river Spree. The building is a super-structure built next to an old wastewater management plant resulting in an impressive complex of high aesthetics that combines the old and the new.
In the space’s web site, visitors can get information about the many events and actions organized in Radial System V; events such as music concerts, dance performances, art exhibitions, educational programs for children and parents. Also, there is information about the available rooms and their characteristics while emphasis is given to the convergence of enterprises and culture resulting in various corporate events being held there; among them, symposiums, conferences, expos and cinematic productions. Radial System V has also a page in Vimeo with tens of videos from exhibitions and performances that have been hosted in its facilities.
KW is an art institute founded in the 1990’s in Berlin, in an old margarine factory and has become a symbol of the city’s transformation to one of the most important modern art hubs worldwide. The building complex housing the institute was built in two phases; one in the first half of the 18th century and the other in the end of the 19th while a café and an exhibition hall were added when the complex was opened to the public. The total area covered by the complex adds up to two thousand square meters.
The most important event organized by the institute is the Berlin Biennale which has been held continuously since 1998. In KW’s minimalistic web site, the visitor can see information about the institute’s available spaces, an archive of the exhibitions having been held there in the past as well as buy books and copies of artworks that have been exhibited.
Jerwood Space is an art space that began operating in 1998 in London. The center is funded by the foundation with the same name which also operates an organization dealing with arts’ funding. In the fourteen years it has been operating it has been established as one of the premier locations for theatrical and dancing rehearsals; besides the rehearsal spaces, the building includes an art gallery, a café and a courtyard. All of the center’s spaces can be hired for events and meetings of private or corporate nature.
At the website we can find information about the available spaces and the characteristics of each space; information such as technical specifications, costs for hourly, daily or weekly rental, etc. For the visual arts part there is a second dedicated web site where we can find information about running exhibitions, read news and articles from artists’ blogs, find artists whose works have been featured in the gallery and browse the archive which includes past exhibitions, catalogues and talks that have been organized in the centre.
Camden Arts Centre is a venue for contemporary visual arts and its activities are equally shared between exhibitions and education programs (which in many cases are intertwined). The building was constructed in London in 1897 and up until 1965 it was used as a library. Apart from the exhibition space the building also includes a small Café with free Internet access, a bookstore (which is also online) and an open garden; some of these spaces are available for hire by individuals or businesses.
At the web site we can find information about the activities taking place, activities such as art exhibitions and educational programs for adults and children. Among others, there is a very interesting project in progress in the garden: under the guidance of a resident architect, lessons are given on ecology and on exploring wildlife; in the past the same space was used for setting up bee hives and creating a vegetable garden to educate children in the harvesting and usage of food.