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Artists’ initiatives worldwide: Artist-run spaces & Off-Spaces

16beaver, New York, New York (US)
Since 1999, 16beaver (located at 16 Beaver Street) is the address of a space initiated/run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic, cultural, economic and political projects, such as presentations, readings, discussions, screenings, and panels with/by artists, curators, thinkers, writers, and activists. 16beavers’s online platform presents an detailed archive/platform for off-Space initiatives, artists, networks.

7.Stock, Dresden (DE)
As an exhibition collective, 7.Stock are creating a changing program of exhibitions, also linked to its own artists’ co-operative gallery in Berlin. Until 2008 they ran their own residency program.

ABC No Rio, New York, New York (US)
ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to political and social engagement as a collectively-run center for art and activism. It is known internationally as a venue for oppositional culture.

Adobe Books, San Francisco, California (US)
Adobe Books backroom gallery opened in 2000 and has since then developed into an important platform for emerging arts in San Francisco. The backroom’s mission is to create an alternative space the experiments of innovative artists.

After the butcher, Berlin (DE)
As a project space created by artists for artists, After the butcher aims to present a platform for young and unknown creatives, to present their work. Those being invited to host an exhibition are asked to work site specific. The exhibitions change every six weeks. Since 2007, After the butcher also hosts a residency program.

Airplay — Streetgallery, Copenhagen (DK)
With shared space serving as blank canvas, the main goal of the Airplay — Streetgallery is to challenge and examine the ideas and values that shape our society by bringing art into the everyday lives of ordinary Copenhageners by showing pieces and performances in public places.

ak28, Stockholm (SE)
The art space ak28 constitutes a collaborative effort between artists, architects and curators. Its initiators organize exhibitions, common external projects and produce their own works. The group works interdisciplinary within the organization as well as outside it.

Aktualisierungsraum, Hamburg (DE)
Aktualisierungsraum (Space for actualization) was initiated by Nina Köller and Kerstin Stakmeier as a non-commercial art- and exhibition project. In 2007/08 over the time-span of twelve months, twelve artists, artist-groups, musicians and producers without profession have been invited for one month to the project place to realize an actualization. They dissected fragments from their roles in historicity — artworks, invention, events — to pull them into the present and to find out what the consequences of their actualizations were. (2007 — 2008)

Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum, Alexandria (EG)
The loose collective, archive and off-space called the Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum (ACAF) was founded in December 2005. Within its premises projects, lectures, screenings and symposia are being organized — in cooperation with both international partners and local artists. Additionally a small library, which features a growing collection of contemporary art publications for the benefit of the local arts community, is being hosted there.

Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (IL)
In 1998 the Al-Ma’mal Foundation was established as the first and only independent art gallery in Palestine. While it started as a financial gallery, it nowadays provides a non-profit opportunity for local artists to present their work there or to gain access to venues, events and exhibitions abroad through contacts established by the gallery.

Alma Enterprises, London (GB)
Alma Enterprises is run by a group of artists and curators (formerly known as LAND). It opened in October 2004 and shows a program of experimental and interdisciplinary exhibitions and events, fore-grounding artists and curators who work critically with contemporary ideas and art forms. The artists that will be shown will be commissioned to develop artwork that instigates a direct involvement with the space.

Alphabet Dress, Portland, Oregon (US)
The Alphabet Dress in Portland was founded in 2001 by the artists Zefrey Throwel and Jessica Sullivan at their home as reaction to walking through Portland and “seeing how expensive and crappy the art was.” There they curated a monthly mobile gallery, featuring one or two artists at a time.

Area 10 Project Space, London (GB)
Area 10’s vast warehouse spaces and varied smaller units give it the capacity to explore a virtually wide range of multi-disciplinary arts practice and creative working processes. The event and artist place’s structure includes platforms for performance, music, workshops, exhibitions, new media, community/education and film.

ART2102, Los Angeles, California (US)
In 2003 ART2102 off-space was founded as a response to the cultural climate of Southern California, with a main focus on providing a support structure for projects that are unsuited to the traditional institutional or commercial frame. ART2102 sees its role as a unique site of exchange for contemporary practitioners invested in the political and social aspects of art, be they curators, artists, or critics.

Art Metropole, Toronto (CA)
Art Metropole was founded 1974 by the Canadian artist collective General Idea as a non-profit artist-run archive and distribution agency for artists’ publications and other materials, additionally organizing video screening and book launchings. In the late 80s it was established as a small exhibition/display space with regular exhibition program.

Artos Foundation, Nicosia (CY)
The ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation was founded by the artists Achilleas Kentonis and Maria Papacharalambous. It is a contemporary arts and science center dedicated to research and creativity. Its premises offer to artists, curators and scientists a platform, promoting them at a local as well as at an international level.

Artspeak, Vancouver (CA)
Artspeak is a non-profit artist run centre established in 1986 in Vancouver. It is operated by a group of artists from the visual and language arts who share concerns in relation to the theory and practice of contemporary art. The mandate of the gallery is to exhibit contemporary art and to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing.

Associates Gallery, London (GB)
Associates was a non-profit gallery occupying the former STORE gallery on Hoxton Street in 2007, initiated and directed by artist Ryan Gander, a one-year project of twelve solo exhibitions by artists who have not previously had a solo show in London, Associates offers the artists 100% of their sales profits. In 2008 the participating artist had their first group show together at “Associates New York.“ (2007 – 2008)

Association Soleil d’Afrique, Bamako (ML)
Centre Soleil d’Afrique is conceived as a framework to stimulate the autonomy of ideas in the visual arts in Mali. Since 1999 the Centre Soleil d’Afrique aims to offer a space for artists to carry out research, to produce and to present their works. Furthermore, Centre Soleil d’Afrique wants to create a framework for discussion and for exchange between artists from Mali and abroad by organizing workshops, debates, exhibitions and residencies.

Auto – der neue Kunstort, Vienna (AT)
Auto is a public space for arts and production, with a wide focus on new media, fine arts, design, architecture and fashion. Its initiators see Auto as a platform for exchange between local and international positions of arts in the public realm. It is located in the non-elitist surrounding of an open Vienna street tavern. The collective understands curating and exhibiting as forms of artistic production. The mixture of renowned and as yet unknown artist draws attention from different channels.

Autocenter, Berlin (DE)
Run by artists Maik Schierloh and Joep van Liefland, Autocenter is an exhibition space in a former car yard in Friedrichshain sharing space and money with the club Lovelite. Artist, that are selected from international proposals are allowed to create site specific exhibitions.

avatar, Quebec (CA)
avatar is an artist-run centre specializing in audio and electronic art. It supports the creation and dissemination of works of art. Under the name of ohm Editions it publishes projects; under the name of vacuohm it distributes artworks.

B-22, Hamburg (DE)
Based in a former factory, an open group of artists hosted exorbitant exhibitions, shrill concerts, rank readings, extraordinary film evenings and homely events. B-22 was founded in 2006 as timely limited social plastic by the artist Lothar Mattejat. (2006 – 2007)

Barbur, Jerusalem (IL)
Barbur, which means Swan in Hebrew, is a non-profit artist-run gallery in the center of Jerusalem. It was founded in 2005 by five young artists and manifests a grassroots approach towards making and exhibiting art that is less dependent on existing hierarchies

Basekamp, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
Basekamp is a non commercial studio and exhibition space whose primary focus is to participate in the creation, facilitation and promotion of large scale collaborative projects by contemporary artists. They use the city of Philadelphia as a home base to invite domestic and international collaborative groups in a joint experiment to develop new models of relations within overlapping art communities.

Bautzener 69, Dresden (DE)
The artist-run gallery Bautzner 69 exhibits young artistic positions from the domains of photography, video, installation and architecture. Its main focus lies upon connecting young artists and initiating collaborations. Bautzener 69 was founded in 2003.

Bell Street Project Space, Vienna (AU)
Bell Street Project Space is an artist-run space in a shop front in Vienna’s 2nd district which has been founded by the artists Marita Fraser and Alex Lawler in 2006. Bell Street Project Space mostly deals with artists who have a post-formalistic approach to art making, in which an artist relates to the world though a continued dialogue with specific or varied notions of materiality and/or formal and conceptual concerns.

Betalevel (formerly C-Level), Los Angeles, California (US)
Part studio, part club, part stage, and part screen; Betalevel is located in a basement in Chinatown, Los Angeles, and plays host to various media events such as screenings, performances, classes, lectures, debates, dances, readings, and tournaments. Its members are artists, programmers, writers, designers, agit-propers, filmmakers, and reverse-engineers.

Between Bridges, London (GB)
Between Bridges is a gallery run by Turner Prize-winner Wolfgang Tillmans, which has the reputation of exhibiting neglected, forgotten artists and rarely seen works.

Big Sky Mind, Quezon City (PH)
Big Sky mind was founded as an artist-run space and gallery in New Manila, Quezon City in 1993 by three young artists. It seeks to promote art which engages with critical concerns of contemporary life and times, to encourage innovation and diversity in art through cross-over and collaboration, and to play a fundamental role in supporting young and less established artists to pursue art beyond traditional conventions and commercial limitations.

BLAST, Cologne (DE)
Blast is an off-space gallery, managed by eight former students of the Media Academy Cologne, with changing exhibitions every six to eight weeks. Additionally it features a program of lectures, artist talks and film evenings.

BLIM, Vancouver (CA)
BLIM is a Community Based Art Resource Center which facilitates screen-printing, button making, drawing, knitting, local underground audio, film screenings, animation, video, dance, spoken word, visual art, creative workshops, and crafts in the independent field. It believes in presenting work that is still deemed as art, yet not quite embraced by the music world or gallery context, but deserves a platform for expression.

Blindside, Melbourne (AU)
Blindside provides a non-profit exhibition space for emerging and established artists with a program spanning solo, two-person and curated group shows. Its chosen role is to support and promote contemporary art practice and to provide an environment for experimentation as well as to encourage the creation and presentation of challenging innovative art works. The program fosters exchanges between local and interstate artists.

Blinzelbar, Hamburg (DE)
Blinzelbar was an Off-Space at an impressive former shopping mall and within the rooms of a travel agency. Blinzelbar hosted during the time of its existence concerts, installations, exhibitions and events. (2005 – 2009)

Block Projects, Melbourne (AU)
Block Projects is a conceptual exhibition space designed for artists, which are chosen carefully for each show by a team of curators. These have built the gallery upon the philosophy of providing a platform for young talents to exhibit in a commercially viable environment.

Bootlab, Berlin (DE)
Bootlab is a non-profit organization for the improvement of independent projects. Founded in 2000 and located in the historic Telegrafenamt in Berlin-Mitte, Bootlab provides studio, production and office space for groups and individuals (activists, artists, curators, engineers, filmmakers, programmers, publishers, writers etc.) working with old and/or new media technology.

BUS, Melbourne (AU)
Bus is an artist-run initiative, established in 2001, located in Melbourne, Australia. It supports local, national and international artist, curators, designers and sound producers through its annual exhibition calendar and performance program and through numerous off-site initiatives in public spaces, galleries, venues, and events. Bus Projects is an independent art space with a focus on artists engaged in a spatial art practice.

Buy-Sellf, Bordeaux/Marseille (FR)
Buy-Sellf is an artist collective which collects and proposes objects that are not mass-produced but are the outcome of artistic processes, in more general terms of experimentation. Between 1999 and 2004 they produced a mail-order catalog for these kind of works as an alternative to the classical handling of galleries. Since then they organize exhibitions.
http://www.buy-sellf.com, http://www.buysellfartclub.com

CAMPUS HANOI is a non-profit contemporary arts organization located in Hanoi, Vietnam. Their community-based arts activities are designed to incubate contemporary arts projects based on principles of collaboration and multicultural exchange. Campus’ events and programming complement Hanoi’s growing contemporary arts scene by enabling young professionals involved in the arts to meet, work, and learn in a collaborative environment. Their activities include weekly art talks, workshops in new and traditional media, English-Vietnamese language forums, art history lessons and organized peer critiques.

Candyland, Copenhagen (DK)
Candyland was founded in February 2004 as an exhibition space in Stockholm. It is run by ten people who take turns in producing art exhibitions.

CAS — Contemporary Art and Spirit, Osaka (JP)
CAS is a nonprofit making contemporary art space. It shows experimental and non-commercial works. The exhibitions are planned by the curators who are selected by CAS. The off-space is run by volunteers.

Center of Experimentation & Information, Belo Horizonte (BR)
Since 2001 CEIA aims to stimulate a space to reflect and develop communication (local, national, regional and international) to spread over the country a democratic system of information and inquiries of art. It does so by creating exchanges of communication and an active space for analysis of and reflection about contemporary art production. It organizes multidisciplinary and flexible projects like workshops, debates and seminars.

Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles, California/Troy, New York State (US)
The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research organization involved in exploring, examining, and understanding land and landscape issues. The Center employs a variety of methods to pursue its mission, engaging in research, classification, extrapolation, and exhibition.

Chalk House, Sydney (AU)
Chalk Horse is a contemporary emerging art gallery based in Surry Hills in Sydney, Australia. The gallery is run by four Directors and support staff. It works to produce an ongoing program of exhibitions and projects featuring artists from Sydney, interstate and overseas.

Circleculture, Berlin (DE)
The Circleculture Gallery is a project space for urban art that was founded in 2001 by Dirk Staudinger and Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer. With its exhibitions and activities it represents a whole group of artists standing for the rising urban art movement in Berlin.

Cirkulationscentralen, Malmö (SE)
The artist-run gallery Cirkulationscentralen shows exhibitions and projects by invited artists and studio members at Malmö in Southern Sweden, close to Copenhagen.

CLUBSproject inc., Melbourne (AU)
The off-space gallery CLUBSproject seeks to experiment with modes of presentation and is interested in facilitating a variety of projects that include, while extending the possibilities beyond, a model of display. Forms the projects take, include launches, workshops, discussions, extended developmental projects, exhibitions, performances, publications (artists books, essays, zines), curatorial experiments and more.

CONICAL, Fitzroy (AU)
Founded in August 2001, Conical Inc is a non-profit contemporary art centre directed by Adrien Allen with support from a core committee of 6 practising artists. Collectively they strive for a consistent excellence in the presentation and production of innovative national and international exhibitions and projects. Their program encompasses a broad range of disciplines including: live art, sound, photography, screen art, sculpture, painting, installation and architectural/design disciplines with a particular emphasis on practices that challenge the parameters of defined categories.

Consortium, Amsterdam (NL)
Consortium is a non-commercial platform focusing on presenting new developments in international contemporary art. Founded in 1996, it is centrally located in the former Port of Amsterdam. The initiative employs various formats for its projects, including exhibitions, weekend programs, audio and screening events.

Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, California (US)
Creative Growth Art Center is a studio/gallery dedicated to the idea that people with disabilities can gain strength, enjoyment and fulfillment through the visual arts. Their mission is to provide a safe environment that fosters and nurtures the creative process, and to promote and market the art of people with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities.

CUBITT, London (GB)
CUBITT is an artist-run gallery known to be a vital site for progressive international contemporary art projects and a focal point for localized artist led initiatives. It is being run as a new model for the progressive development of an artist led space, still in part reliant on the co-operative assistance of studio holders but employing a part-time administrator and providing an 18-month bursary for an independent curator to instigate and develop the gallery program.

De Service Garage, Amsterdam (NL)
De Service Garage is a cultural platform initiated by the artists Frank Ammerlaan & Thijs Rhijnsburger in Amsterdam December 2007. It is one of the most lively artist-run project spaces in Amsterdam, where upcoming and established artists meet and collaborate by participating in De Service Garage activities as exhibitions, lectures, workshops and parties.

Die Schute, Hamburg (DE)
Die Schute (engl: the barge) was an off-site project initiated by the Galerie für Landschaftskunst (engl: Gallery for landscape arts) and was situated at a real barge in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg. (2002 — 2008)

Digital Art Lab, Holon (IR)
The non-profit Israeli Center for Digital Art, established in 2001, is a dynamic platform for thinking, researching, producing, and presenting contemporary art, as well as providing a meeting point for exchange between contemporary artists, curators, critics and the public. It devotes a significant part of its work on art projects that foster questions about identity, ethnicity, nationalism and cultural exchange.

DINAMO, Budapest (HU)
DINAMO is an autonomous, non-profit artist-run space that functions on the bases of organic self organization. It is a space for work, presentation, experiments in the field of art, culture and communication, outside the established realm of art practice. Its goal is to promote the processes of multidisciplinary collaborative art practices and build new relationships among different activities in the context of broader cultural, social and political issues.

Display, Prague (CZ)
Display is a state-independent and non-profit space for contemporary visual art in Prague, founded in 2001. It is focused on introducing art and artists from foreign countries in the Czech Republic as well as on presentation of young Czech artists. Its main goal is to make new contacts between the local art-scenes and also to spread out the information about young Czech contemporary art.

D.I.V.O Institute, Prague (CZ)
The D.I.V.O. Institute was founded by Mark and Sonja Divo-Vectomov and calls itself a “living museum” where art is displayed, created and discussed. In a local context, the Institute strives to overcome the boredom and disorientation that prevails in European contemporary art and provincial towns by providing a vibrant alternative. It facilitates a melting pot for a variety of creative fields (visual art, theatre, film and music) and leads to the creation of a colorful, living art work which addresses people who otherwise have no easy access to contemporary art. It forms a framework for regular artistic events, readings, concerts, performances and discussions and helps to create a strong local and international network.

Dosenfabrik, Hamburg (DE)
Since 1995 the studio-complex Dosenfabrik hosts 28 studios for about thirty artists. Studios and temporarily free spaces are used for collective presentations.

DUNK!, Copenhagen (DK)
DUNK! Is an artist run exhibition space, which was founded in 2005 by Jesper Dalgaard, Rasmus Danø and Thorgej Steen Hansen. DUNK! shows contemporary art by young talents as well as more established artist, contemporary art by Danish as well as foreign artists in all medias and genres.

Einstellungsraum e.V., Hamburg (DE)
The Einstellungsraum is a non-profit art centre, which since 2001 mediates projects between car drivers and pedestrians. The exhibitions, focusing on one theme per year, address automobile transportation and traffic in a narrow or wider sense.

el despacho, Mexico City (MX)
Since 1998, a series of projects have taken place as part of a continuous undertaking, at times called el despacho or “the office”, coordinated by visual artist and filmmaker Diego Gutiérrez. Participants include writers, filmmakers, photographers, students and others. The work consists of incurring in processes of dislocation and reinsertion, inviting artist and spectator to recognize themselves within the workings of the social machinery, and hence participate in a process of revision in which authorship is put aside for the sake of a collective effort of creation.

Since its foundation in 2002, ELEKTROHAUS HAMBURG has presented young Hamburg and international artists working in media, concept, and action-art. Events are interdisciplinary and usually situated somewhere in the grey zones between art and literature.

Estacion, Tijuana, Tijuana (MX)
Located at the juncture between Mexico and the United States, at the most trafficked border in the world, Estación, Tijuana operates from a point of friction between public artwork and artist-run space. It poses questions that aim to generate critical exchanges around the notions of contemporary art, architecture, design, urbanism, and popular culture, while maintaining a fluid and flexible operational model with various points of access for its public(s). It was started in 2003 as an exhibition venue, artist studio and residence, lecture hall, film/video theater, and social space for informal gatherings.

FADs Art Space, Tokyo (JP)
FADs Art Space engages in various projects on contemporary art. It functions as a studio rather than as commercial art gallery.

F.A.I.T. (Foundation Artists – Innovation – Theory), Krakow (PL)
F.A.I.T. (Foundation Artists – Innovation – Theory) was established in August 2005 in Krakow, Poland to encourage new approaches to the visual arts, promoting the idea of innovation in artistic practice as well as theoretical interpretation. Since then it has been playing a vital role in Poland’s contemporary art scene by initiating, supporting and presenting experimental art projects which challenge established thinking about art and culture. Because of the geopolitical position of Krakow in the centre of Europe, the foundation’s goal is to provide a platform for artistic exchange between artists from both Eastern and Western Europe.

Five Years, London (GB)
Five Years is a collaborative artists’ project. Founded in 1998, Five Years’ initial aim was to set up a gallery which was artist-run and where programming would maintain a direct relationship to practice. Five Years continues to develop this aim of maintaining close links between the production and exhibition of visual art, and the discourse which informs it. In February 2007 the membership was expanded to form a loose knit collective of artists including Jo Addison, Michelle Deignan, Edward Dorrian, Rochelle Fry, Marc Hulson, Cedar Lewisohn, Louisa Minkin, Sally Morfill, Susan Morris, Esther Planas, Alex Schady, Francis Summers and Alice Walton. Rather than acting as a ‘curatorial’ entity, the group’s members continue to develop exhibition projects based around concerns emerging from their own practices; offering these projects as frameworks within which other artists can, through participation, respond to or engage in dialogue around the concerns being discussed by the group. Through these processes, Five Years aims to create a context which fosters productive dialogue between artists and the exposure of ambitious new work.

Flor y Canto Centro Communitario, Los Angeles, California (US)
Flor y Canto is a not-for-profit community center and radical bookstore run entirely by volunteers. They function as a social space that promotes the self-development and self-sufficiency of the diverse community of North East L.A. Flor y Canto Centro provides access to resources, services, cultural and educational activities. (2001 — 2005)

FormContent, London (GB)
FormContent is a curatorial project space, initiated in 2007 by Francesco Pedraglio, Caterina Riva and Pieternel Vermoortel in London’s East End. Its mission is to create a space in which to experiment with ideas and exhibition formats, to foster an active collaboration between artists and curators while challenging their roles.

fournos centre for digital culture, (GR)
The Centre for Art and New Technologies Fournos was founded in 1992 by Manthos and Dodo Santorineou. It is the first Centre in Greece dealing attentively and methodically with digital culture, through a flexible model of research, production and diffusion of contemporary forms of art as well as registering and researching more classical forms that constitute a useful tool and the basis for every cultural innovation.

Opened in April 2004, the gallery FRANCE FICTION is a space for exhibiting emerging contemporary art, as well as a place for meeting, working and the main showcase of the artist collective FRANCE FICTION.

Free103point9, New York City, New York (US)
free103point9 is a New York State-based nonprofit arts organization establishing and cultivating the genre “transmission arts” by promoting artists who explore the idea of transmission or the physical properties of the electromagnetic spectrum for creative expression.

Freie Internationale Tankstelle (FIT), Berlin (DE)
FIT or Freie Internationale Tankstelle (free international gas station) is based at a two m² historic gas station, which is protected as a site of national heritage. It is run by Dida Zende as an arts project, welcoming a social crowd from May to October each year. FIT works with the symbol and situation of the gas station and its culture in the program, which reflects themes on social impact and mobility.

FRISE Künstlerhaus Hamburg + Abbildungszentrum, Hamburg (DE)
FRISE Künstlerhaus Hamburg, founded in 1977, is a self-run production, residence, and exhibition space for artists. International exchange is maintained through an exhibition gallery and guest studio.

Future7, Berlin (DE)
Close to Alexanderplatz, the off-space gallery Future7 follows a strict concept. Focused on the collection as a portrait of its Collector, the artists Florian Wojnar and Nikolai von Rosen have taken the opportunity to give the small private Collector a public forum, reducing the statement of the single artist in the collection, and opening up the discussion about the art of collecting and the art of producing.

Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, California (US)
Founded in 1970 by local artists active in el Movimiento (the Chicano civil rights movement), Galería is a non-profit, community-based Latino arts. The Mission of the Galeria de la Raza is to foster public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art and culture. It is an interdisciplinary space for art, thought and activism, organizing cutting-edge art exhibitions, as well as multimedia presentations, performances and spoken-word events, screenings, computer-generated murals and educational activities.

Galerie Foert, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Foert was a gallery with changing locations in different flats. It was run by the artist and commercial gallerist Frederick Foert, who had created a handsome exhibition space with a regular program of shows.

Galerie Invaliden1, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Invaliden 1 is managed by five artists originating from the Iberian peninsula as a platform for themselves and invited artists to experiment with a freer and less precious space than the commercial gallery experience. Selecting from proposals, they cooperate with artists in making an exhibition, rather than curating presentations of work. It is organized democratically as a self-funded collective, identifying with the producer gallery, though not as a commercial venture, and not claiming Spanish/Portuguese representation.

Galerie Mille d’Air, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Mille d’Air was founded by the artist and fashion designer Benjamin Klunker, who has got his studio at the back of the gallery space. He invites artists to make exhibitions, each adding to the space.

Galerie Lifebomb, Berlin (DE)
Galerie Lifebomb is an art space in Berlin working with independent artists to produce art exhibitions under special concepts. The philosophy of the space is to somehow explore art in its essence, communicating to the viewer something of what drives the artist in his or her creative process, as well as the actual art.

Galerie Oel-Früh, Hamburg (DE)
Galerie Oel-Früh has been exhibiting local and international artists since its foundation in 2005. They are encouraged to let the location of the space play a role in their general concepts.

Galerie Zero, Berlin (DE)
The artist Anna Krenz and the journalist Jacek Slaski founded Galerie Zero in an office space in Kreuzberg based on the goal to create a network for visual art, music, architecture and journalism that spans Eastern and Western Europe. As both of them are Polish they are interested in the space as a platform for Polish culture in Berlin. The gallery is next to exhibitions and events responsible for the Terrapolska festival in Berlin, an interactive bus tour that fuses art, performance, music and information about Polish contemporary arts.

Galleria Huuto, Helsinki (FI)
Galleria Huuto is an independent artist collective located in Helsinki, Finland. Currently Huuto maintains two galleries, both located at the center of Helsinki. Galleria Huuto is not restricted merely within these premises, however, but can also be realized elsewhere in a form of various events, projects and visits. Annually Huuto organizes as many as 50 contemporary art exhibitions.

Gallery Gatchet, Vancouver (CA)
Gallery Gachet is a unique artistic institution founded in Vancouver in 1992. Named after Vincent Van Gogh’s homeopathic doctor Paul Gachet, Gallery Gachet strives to provide a focal point for dialogue amongst outsider/dissident artists. They aim to use the canvas to educate and demystify the public on issues related to mental health and to advance the artistic discourse around these issues.

Gasworks, London (GB)
Established in 1994, Gasworks is a contemporary art organization based in South London, housing twelve artists’ studios and proposing a program of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Nine studios are rented to London-based artists and three are reserved for an International Residency Program for non-UK based artists.

General Public, Berlin (DE)
The project space and artist organization called General Public is run and funded by a collective of twelve. There are exhibitions, screenings and music rehearsals as well as a series of talks and discussions based on an understanding of collaboration rather than competition.

Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Projects, Melbourne (AU)
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces was founded in 1983 as a nonprofit contemporary art complex of gallery spaces and studio facilities. The organization provides professional support to artists in the early stages of their careers through exhibition, studio and associated cultural exchange and public programs which address the relationship between contemporary art practices and current critical debate.

Glowlab, Brooklyn, New York (US)
Glowlab is an innovative art gallery located in New York, which collaborates with and present the work of artists exploring the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment. It specializes in presenting spatial and social concepts through artworks and exhibitions related to cities and urban culture.

Graffitigalleriet, Frederiksberg (DK)
Graffitigalleriet is a young Danish gallery, which presents graffiti as an art form.

Green Cardamom, London (GB)
Green Cardamom is an international arts organisation on a not-for-profit basis, that develops and runs visual arts projects in collaboration with public museums and galleries. These are informed by a South Asian cultural perspective, but situate work in an international context not skewed towards a Euro-American outlook. Additionally they run a separate gallery programme and represent contemporary artists from Pakistan, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Grossstadtrekorder, Hanover (DE)
Run by two young fashion designer, this small off-space at the Linden, Hanover hosts exhibitions in the undefined realms between streetart, design, fashion and fine arts.

Gugulective, Capetown (ZA)
Gugulective is an artist collective located in the South African township of Gugulethu near Cape Town. It is formed by artists from the most various disciplines: fine art, including painting, photography, film, video, and animation, but also theatre, dance and performance. Gugulective originated in 2006 out of the desire to create a place for artistic and intellectual exchange outside the mainstream: A space for ideas and art underpinned by the hope of inciting processes of interaction and change in a politically and socially disadvantaged environment. Gugulective often involves various communities and, above all, young people in its projects.

hafen+rand, Hamburg (DE)
hafen+rand is a small gallery located close to Hans-Albers-Platz in Hamburg. As a project for contemporary arts, it works as an intervention into the mainstream, party and amusement atmosphere of the St. Pauli red light district.

Hart Center of Arts, Beijing (China)
Zeng Xin founded the Hart Center of Arts at the artists quarters of Beijing Dashanzi. She sees this center of arts as a platform for exchange between the different forms of arts. Within this frame she is advancing independent film, experimental theater and improvised forms of embodiment.

Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver (CA)
The Helen Pitt Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and critical issues. They promote and facilitate public dialogue concerning critical awareness, social consciousness, contemporary art practices and community.

Hinterconti, Hamburg (DE),
The Hinterconti Off-Space gallery was founded in 2000. They organise weekly shows with Hamburg-based and international emerging artists. Hinterconti offers a short-term exhibition period to realise ideas, which are not necessarily placed in the conventional fields of art.

Homie, Berlin (DE)
Homie is a public project apartment space opened by Daniel Seiple in November 2005. The space is dedicated to American, German and Spanish artists, showcasing the work of one artist per month. Homie is a small room in Seiple’s apartment.

i-cabin, London (UK)
i-cabin is a project space, publishing house and author of projects. In 2009 i-cabin relocated its program to a new space, which is a quarter acre of land on the western edge of England, 40 miles from the border with Wales. This change of address offers the opportunity to work with artists on projects of an entirely different scale and context. Now, with the piece of land, artists are able to take up residence both literally and ideologically. The physicality of that residency is an inevitable component.

ID:I, Stockholm (SE)
ID:I is an artist-run gallery. Its twenty-seven members jointly rent the exhibition space and manage the activities. In addition to selected open exhibition periods, each respective member is responsible for a three-week exhibition period every one and a half years.

In Situ, Paris (FR)
Fabienne Leclerc opened the Archives gallery in 1989 in the Marais neighborhood in Paris. In 1992 she partnered with Christophe Durand-Ruel and moved to the rue Beaubourg. That collaboration ended in 1998. In 2001, Fabienne opened the In Situ gallery in the 13th arrondissement in Paris before moving to the 6th arrondissment in September 2007.

Jefferson Presents…, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (US)
Jefferson Presents… is an independent organization programmed by the independent filmmakers Adam Abrams and Gordon Nelson. Jefferson Presents… is committed to exhibiting unusual cinema in the original format including experimental, avant-garde, underground, educational, political, documentaries, narratives and any other types of movies or related art forms that are not easily categorized.

JET, Berlin (DE)
JET was founded in 2005 by Lena Ziese as a space of negotiation for the presentation of artistic and curatorial practice in a former tanning studio. Once a year, artists and curators of different disciplines are being invited, to develop a specific focus on a greater theme. Independent from the thematically orientated series of exhibitions, JET also shows one-man shows. Artists’ talks and experimental music performances will take place in the periods between each show.

Kabine, Copenhagen (DK)
Kabine is an artist-run micro gallery that was founded in 2004. Since then, Kabine has shown contemporary art exhibitions with young Danish artists. Its primary concern is artistic process and exchange. Kabine displays works by artists who work across boundaries in a variety of media as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, multimedia and architecture.

Ker-Thiossane, Dakar (SN)
Kër Thiossane is a senegalasian association, which started its activities in 2002 during the Biennal of Arts, Darkar. In September 2003, Kër Thiossane found a constant space at the quartier de Sicap Liberté II at a privat villa. Kër Thiossane aims to encourage creation and expression of diversity of culture with the help of new technology.

KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi (IN)
KHOJ International Artists’ Association is an artist led alternative space for experimentation and international exchange based in India. Part of the global Triangle Arts Trust, KHOJ sees its role as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue in the visual arts. Through their programming they aim to assist and develop forms of art such as media art, performance, and video, environmental, public and community based art, sound and other experimental modes of cultural production.

Kling & Bang gallery, Reykjavik (IS),
The Kling & Bang gallery was founded by a rag tag group of artists at the beginning of 2003. Coming from a variety of different backgrounds, the group’s common goal was to challenge the context and content of creative thinking. And throughout the six years of Kling & Bang’s existence this enthusiasm has been responsible for countless projects, exhibitions and collaborations. Since the establishing of their space they have been presenting work by carefully-chosen, emerging and established artists, both Icelandic and international.

Koh-i-noor, Copenhagen (DK)
Koh-i-noor is a non-profit, artist-run space for experimental art in downtown Copenhagen, which was established in 2004 by six artists from The Funen Academy of Fine Arts (DK) and which now includes eight members. The main purpose of Koh-i-noor is to provide an alternative space to the Danish art scene. Each month there are one or two exhibitions with local or international artists.

Kolahstudio, Teheran (IR)
Kolahstudio is a youn Iranian art studio for urban art and design and the brainchild of K. Reshad. Its website serves additionally as a platform for Iranian urban art in the world and vice versa.

Konsortium, Dusseldorf (DE)
Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag and Guido Münch operate a lively and internationally well-networked exhibition space in a tenement courtyard on Ackerstraße in Düsseldorf, which they founded together with Jan Kämmerling in 2004. It is a platform for positions akin to its own artistic approach or those entering into a dialogue with it. Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag and Guido Münch possess profound art historical knowledge and share a common interest in the achievements and failures of the avant-garde art movements to which their artistic work refers.

Konsthall C, Stockholm (SE)
Konsthall C is an art gallery situated in an old laundry shop in Stockholm. The gallery’s activities are communicative and outgoing. The focuses of the works of the participating artists stress the relation between the individual and society as a whole.

KuLe e.V., Berlin (DE)
The artistic community KuLe e.V. occupied this off-space since 1990. They hosted a series of monthly concerts that attracted an international network of experimental musicians, performers and video artists. At the same time Mount Warning uses the building’s facade as its exhibition space, employing a pulley system fitted to the front of the building to display artist’s works as posters, images and light works.
http://www.fernwaerme-berlin.net, http://www.mount-warning.de

Kunstverein St. Pauli, Hamburg (DE)
Kunstverein St. Pauli is the youngest and smallest German Kunstverein. It is situated at a flat inhabited mostly by former arts students from Braunschweig in the middle of the red-light district of Hamburg and focused on showing exhibitions of emerging arts.

Kunstwerft/Werftgalerie, Vienna (AT)
Werftgalerie was the artist-run space by the association for the fine arts Kunstwerft. They became mostly known for their project Kunstklappe© and their own exhibition program. The gallery closed down in 2006, but realized different projects at other venues in 2007. (2004 — 2007)

KuBaSta — Raum für Kunst Bauen Stadtentwicklung e.V., Hamburg (DE)
KuBaSta — Raum für Kunst Bauen Stadtentwicklung (Space for arts building city development) is situated in a former butcher shop. In reaction to a city planning for Hamburg that plans past the needs of human needs, at this place for action developments are being presented to an interested audience for arts. It operates as gallery, bar, cinema and place for conferences.

Kunst-Imbiss, Hamburg (DE)
The Kunst-Imbiss was founded in 2005 by the two Hamburg-based artists Katharina Kohl and D.G. Reiß. Until today, more than 100 artist colleagues have participated in the project with small exhibits — unique copies and editions. The Kunst-Imbiss is a sculpture in public space. Through its unpretentious appearance as a chip stand and the performative way in which it is run, reservations on the side of people usually not interested in art are reduced. When the cover is up, art ‘to go’ is available. Visitors can see a wide range of various art forms: Drawings, paintings, ready-mades, photographs, experimental films and publications offer many topics for conversation.

La Générale, Paris (FR)
La Générale is a squat based in Belleville, Paris, open since 2005, which offers space to artistic, political, theatre and music initiatives.

LCCA, Riga (LV)
The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) is a non-governmental organization, which serves as a platform for promotion and popularization of contemporary art processes.

Les Complices, Zurich (CH)
Les Complices is a space for exhibitions, discussions, performances, eating and other cultural activities, located in the center of Zurich.

LINDA, Hamburg (DE)
The LINDA e.V. art centre operates on a collective basis. They offer space as a niche for temporary deployment and debate. Exhibiting artists are the focus of their attention.

LOWSALT, Glasgow, Scotland (GB)
LOWSALT is a Glasgow based artist-run, non-profit organization that delivers gallery exhibitions and site-specific art shows since 2006.

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, California (US)
In 1978 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) originated from the need for a Los Angeles venue that supports, exhibits and advocates innovations in art-making. By encouraging experimentation, LACE has supported young and under-recognized artists as well as newly emerging art forms such as performance art, installation-based work, video art and artwork created with digital technologies.

Makrolab is an autonomous communications, research and living unit and space, capable of sustaining concentrated work of 4 people in isolation/insulation conditions for up to 120 days. The project started in 1994 and was first realized during documenta X in Kassel in 1997.

Mahony, Vienna (AT)
The modus operandi of the Viennese artists’ group Mahony is imbued by the notion of the process-oriented character of art production and the collective development and implementation of works. Even if there are recurring motifs, the media and materials used are always derived from the respective theme. By communicating with artists and institutions, a broader and more flexible platform emerges for discussions and exchange. At various points in time, Mahony invites cultural workers to deal with specific themes and realise works in collaboration with the artists’ group.

Marienborg, Trondheim (NO)
Twelve artists from Norway, Sweden and England established Marienborg art community in an old industrial building in the city. Marienborg aims to be a part of the city development process and provide cultural resources to the society. They want to stimulate the growth of contemporary art, and make it visible in public places.

Mercer Union, Toronto (CA)
Mercer Union is an artist-run centre dedicated to the existence of contemporary art. They provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international conceptually and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural practices. They pursue their primary concerns through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events and special projects.

Messagesalon, Zurich (CH)
Messagesalon is the oldest off-space gallery in Zurich. Founded in 1996 and run ever since by Esther Eppstein, it is stepping stone, platform, bar, shop and video club.

Mess Hall, Chicago, Illinois (US)
Mess Hall is an experimental cultural center. It is a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design and other things intersect and inform each other. They host exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, workshops, concerts, campaigns, meetings (both closed and open) and more.

MOP, Sidney (AU)
MOP is an artist-run-initiative gallery, which was opened in 2003 in Sidney.

multiplicity.lab, Milan (IT)
multiplicity.lab is a research laboratory of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning or the Faculty of Architecture and Society of the Politecnico of Milan. It is open to lecturers, researchers and students. It plans and conducts researches, workshops, open discussions and public events.

NAPA, Helsinki (FI)
Napa started as an independent publisher in 1997 in Helsinki. The founders were the two comic artists Jenni Rope and Jussi Karjalainen. Since 2001 Jenni Rope has been the main editor, distributing many artists art books, comics and flip books. Napa has also curated various group exhibitions showing in Japan, Portugal, Italy, France, Netherlands and other. In February 2007 Napa opened a gallery & shop space in Helsinki. The shop carries art books and comics from various independent publishers. The gallery side exhibits young Finnish artists and designers.

Neil Young Society, Copenhagen (DK)
The Neil Young Society is a Copenhagen based young space for arts.

Neon Park, Melbourne (AU)
Neon Park is an off-space gallery, hosting events as well as solo- and group exhibitions.

Netfilmmakers, Copenhagen (DK)
Netfilmmaker is a non –commercial net-gallery for net.art and net-video, which was founded in 2004. They exhibit a new edition every three months, every edition being curated by international and Danish guest curators.

New Langton, San Francisco, California (US)
New Langton Arts’ mission is to cultivate experimental and innovative contemporary art. Founded in 1975, Langton’s history is closely tied to the emergence of new art forms – performance and time-based art, video, installation, improvised and electronic music, and language poetry. It collaborates with artists in the production and presentation of their work, and exhibitions and events that challenge the boundaries of conventional art practice, while encouraging broad public appreciation and access to the art of our times.

NGBK, Berlin (DE)
NGBK (Neue Gesellschaft für bildenede Kunst / New Association for the fine Arts) is an alternative Kunstverein, with a grassroot aproach towards arts. Participation is open to everyone, who is interessted in the advancement of contemporary arts and theme based exhibition projects.

NICC (New international cultural center), Antwerpen (BE)
The main goal of the cultural centre NICC is the improvement of the position of the visual artists in society. The NICC works in two sections, the Artistic and the Social Commission. The Social Commission functions as a base of support for artists. The NICC’s Artistic Commission generates an investigative and varying programme of exhibitions, lectures and debates, in which mainly the position of the visual artist in the wide cultural field is focused upon.

Nice & Fit, Berlin (DE),
Nice & Fit is a seemingly glamorous exhibition and project space located in an apartment in Berlin. It is hosted by the artist and historian Helena Papadopoulos, who came to Berlin in 2004. She shows works by well known artists as well as introducing new ones. The gallery also publishes the bi-monthly magazine Stripped Bare, which takes the form of a foldout poster image on one side and critiques, poetry and interviews on the other.

NLHspace, Copenhagen (DK)
NLHspace is a platform for artists working with space and situation and ideas about the site-specific. NLHspace is always closed but as the art work can be seen from the street all day and night. During private views it offers the public to physically enter the gallery.

OEen Group, Copenhagen (DK)
OEen is a non-profit artist-run space run by a group of five artists with an interest in a broad range of contemporary art forms by artists outside the mainstream of Danish art scene. Their aim is to establish a different kind of space for arts alongside the more commercial galleries and established spaces already present in Copenhagen, focusing on introducing unknown or overlooked artist from Denmark and abroad.

OneZeroMore OZM — URBAN ART SPOT, Hamburg (DE)
OZM (OneZeroMore) is a 280 m² studio space, which developed from the B-22 project. The space is used for events and exhibitions.

Open Circle, Bombay/Mumbay (IN)
The Open Circle was a Bombay based artists initiative, which seeks a creative engagement with contemporary political issues through the integration of theory and praxis. Open Circle organized annual workshops and symposia for artists from India as well as other (mostly developing) nations. They addressed social and political issues in their local manifestations as well as in their global ramifications. The Open Circle was formed in 1999 by the artists Tushar Joag and Sharmila Samant.

Open Space, Victoria (CA)
Founded in September 1972, Open Space is non-profit artist-run centre, which, for over thirty years, has supported professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music and performance. Open Space encourages young and emerging artists and functions as an exhibition and performance centre and as a web project. Open Space describes itself as a working laboratory for innovative art practices, opening new territories for contemporary art, artists and society in a global context.

Orchard, New York, New York (US)
Orchard was a cooperatively organized non-profit exhibition and event space in New York’s Lower East Side. It was run by twelve artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators, who have been associated with experimental film and video in New York, institutional critique, 90s British art and political conceptualist traditions in North and South America. Orchard’s cooperative framework is intended to put the diversity of its members’ practices into discursive motion. The resulting exhibition program reflected these dialogues and the social, geographical, and artistic conditions and contradictions of the positions taken within them.

Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, (CN)
Para/Site Art Space is Hong Kong’s leading non-profit contemporary art organization, founded in 1996, producing, exhibiting and communicating local and international contemporary art. Their main activities include presenting an ambitious year program comprising exhibitions, publications of catalogues, seminars, talks and workshops. They also host the Para/Site Art Space-Hong Kong Jockey Club Curatorial Training Program.

Parkhaus, Dusseldorf (DE)
Parkhaus at Malkastenpark, Dusseldorf has excisted for more than 10 years now, in which its initiators Karl Heinz Rummeny and Jost Wischnewski organized exhibitions and events.

Parkinggallery, Teheran (IR)
Parkingallery is a Tehran based independent art space founded by Amirali Ghasemi in 1998 in a parking area of a residential apartment. Parkingallery started initially as design studio, to help young Iranian visual artists. During this period they held several exhibitions in the parking area. Parkingallery also started some audio visual projects such as Parkingallery video tryouts and the Meera project. Parkinggallery seeks to provide an international platform for independent, creative artists.

PICA, Portland (CA)
The arts space and venue PICA was established in 1995 by a group of artists and patrons. It acknowledges and advances new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences. PICA features emerging regional, national, and international artists in all disciplines, aiming to bridge the gap between historically-focused collecting institutions, commercial galleries and performing arts presenters.

Platform Artists Group, Melbourne (AU),
Platform Artists Group is an artist-run initiative and site for public contemporary art, which was established in 1990 and is set in the underground heart of Melbourne, Australia.

Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore (SG)
Plastique Kinetic Worms describes itself as a non-profit art organization developed by artists for artists with a common vision to pro-actively further the development of contemporary art and artists. It runs a gallery space, which operates as a platform for promising artists to explore and realize alternative ideas, and as an initiative to instigate collaborative projects and cultural exchanges both locally and internationally.

Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (TR)
The project space Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center seeks to act as a dynamic catalyst for the dissemination, research and practice of contemporary art in Istanbul and to provide a meeting point for exchange between contemporary artists, curators and critics. It contains an archive of work by more than 140 artists from Turkey, a library of art publications, the Istanbul Residency Program, and an exhibition space committed to exhibiting contemporary art from Turkey and abroad.

Printed Matter, Inc, New York, New York (US)
Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. Founded as a for-profit alternative arts space in 1976 by artists and art workers, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art.

program angels, Munich (DE),
program angels organized exhibitions at the off-space gallery lothringer13 in Munich. They functioned as a flexible unit of equals, who executed the gallery as a platform for emerging art, interdisciplinary arts projects and experiments in media. (2000 — 2005)

Projekt0047, Berlin (DE)
Projekt0047 is an artist-run space, run by Norwegian students to show young artists’ and architects’ work, often from Norway, but also networking internationally in Berlin. They operate independently, receiving proposals, selecting works and curating the shows. The project contains three gallery spaces, an office, a studio and a lounge and is funded the Faculty of Fine Art and Architecture of a Norwegian university.

Project 304, Bangkok (TH)
Project 304 was a non-profit art space founded in 1996 by a small group of Thai artists to bridge the gap between art and society and to integrate art into the community. It aimed to support contemporary artistic and cultural activities through concept-orientated art exhibitions, focusing on social, cultural and political issues, as well as media and time based works and events including the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and the contemporary art and culture newspaper, BANG.

projekthaus | U.FO kunstraum, Hamburg (DE)
projekthaus is an exhibitions venue, hosting events and creating space for thinking. U.FO kunstraum is located at projekthaus. The off-space gallery hosts five to six exhibitions per year, featuring painting, installation and video art.

Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, California (US)
The exhibitions space Queens Nails Annex hosts solo exhibitions, network cooperation, performance nights and record releases since its inception in 2004. The gallery seeks to challenge its artists to work outside of their normal practices in order to produce unique projects.

REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT (engl: Cleaning Service/Purification Society) is an artists’ group working at the point of intersection between art and social reality with partners from different backgrounds and providing platforms for interdisciplinary activities. It initiates projects that generate new relations and interest different groups of people.

RLBQ (Reposez la bonne question), Marseille (FR)
RLBQ (Reposez la bonne question) is a self-organized gallery, founded in 1996 and situated in Marseille. It realizes exhibition as well as the production of the exhibited work.

Röda Sten, Göteborg (SE)
Röda Sten is a forum for the young arts scene of Sweden. It shows changing exhibitions of prominent and unknown artists, focusing on photography, film and installation.

Ruangrupa, Jakarta (ID)
ruangrupa, an artists’ initiative and exhibition space founded in early 2000 by a group of Jakarta based artists, is a non-profit organization which focuses on supporting the development of art in the cultural context through research, study and documentation, along with intensive cooperation with the artists through exhibitions, artist residency programs, art projects and workshops.

rum46, Aarhus (DK)
rum46 was initiated in 1995 by students from the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus, Denmark as a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art. Currently it is run by 9 members, artists and theoreticians, whose curatorial focus lies upon arts in a socio-political context, social dialogue and communication.

Signal, Malmö (SE)
Signal is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 focusing on the production, presentation, discourse and promotion of contemporary art, run by a group of artists and curators exploring the possibilities of a collaborative curatorial praxis and the various functions of the exhibition venue. Signal´s program consists of between two and four exhibitions each semester, alongside a series of lectures called Metod and short term projects and events. In 2009, Signal had to close down. (1998 — 2009)

Simultanhalle, Cologne (DE)
Simultanhalle was built in 1979 and creates the impression of having been brought into existence by cleavage. Originally being built as an architectural experiment, Simultanhalle was rescued from being destroyed on the initiative of the artist Eva Janoskova in 1983 and functions as a municipally funded exhibition place ever since.

SKAM e.V., Hamburg (DE)
The SKAM studio-community brings together twenty-five Hamburg-based artists: painters, sculptors, film animators, concept- and experimental-artists. Over one hundred artists have found a place to work here over the last fifteen years. Very recently SKAM became homeless. Future plans are yet to be announced.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (US)
Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Southern Exposure is a 33 year old, non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to presenting diverse, innovative, contemporary art, arts education, and related programs and events in an accessible environment. Southern Exposure reaches out to diverse audiences and serves as a forum and resource center to provide extraordinary support to the Bay Area’s arts and educational communities. Activities range from exhibitions of local, regional, and international visual artists’ work, education programs, and lectures, panel discussions, and performances. Southern Exposure is dedicated to giving artists—whether they are exhibiting, curating, teaching, or learning—an opportunity to realize ideas for projects that may otherwise not find support.

Sparwasser HQ, Offensive für zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation, Berlin (D)
Sparwasser HQ, Offensive für zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation (offensive for contemporary art and communication) is a non-profit artist’s project as well as space for projects. By the means of different artistic practice and curatorial experiments, they examine the conditions for contemporary production of arts. They understand arts as an important part of the creation of knowledge. The project Sparwasser HQ is characterized by a process oriented practive, in which a group of participating artists and scientist influence together the outcome and the conditions of work together.

Spor Klübü, Berlin (DE)
Spor Klübü is an artist-run space, organized by Matthias Mayer. Its name translates as sports club in Turkish, the type of venue where people congregate to watch sports rather than play them. The gallery operates in an international network by inviting artists from across the world to exhibit.

Studio 44, Stockholm (SE)
Studio 44 was founded in 2002 by a group of Stockholm-based artists with the aim of creating an independent, non-commercial space for contemporary art. The gallery first opened in 2003. It is managed collaboratively by 32 visual artists who show their own work on a regular basis, as well as invite other artists to participate in themed exhibitions.

Studio Voltaire, London (GB)
Studio Voltaire is an artist-led gallery and studio complex, offering its services service for local residents, schools and community groups. Founded in 1994, Studio Voltaire promotes the production and presentation of contemporary art practice with its exhibition, education and studio programmes. The organisation is committed to widening access to contemporary practice and to harnessing the arts as a vehicle for further education and learning.

target: autonopop, Hamburg (DE)
target: autonopop examines the articulation between the market, gallery and institutional spheres, their cooptational and coercive instances, their aversion to any critique which has real consequences.

TCB, Melbourne (AU)
TCB art inc. is an artist-run initiative, dedicated to providing a space where young, emerging and established artists have the artistic freedom to explore, experiment and take risks within their practices. The gallery was established in 1998 by artists Blair Trethowan, Sharon Goodwin and Thomas Deverall. During its 10 years of operation, TCB has supported and developed the careers of over 300 young and emerging artists, many of whom presented their first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Tegen 2, Stockholm (SE)
Tegen 2 is a project place, scene and exhibition space spanning art, sound, performance, politics and poetry, that initiates and coordinates projects with among others Israeli, Palestinian, Swedish and Lebanese artists and curators that attempt to turn art into both a wider and deeper activity of border crossings.

The Artists Village, (SG)
The Artists Village was founded by Tang Da Wu in his kampung-studio in Ulu Sembawang in 1988. Its goals are to promote contemporary art and to bring about a better understanding of contemporary art practices and their contribution to society.

The Embassy, Edinburgh (GB)
The Embassy is a non-profit artist-run gallery, which holds a yearly program of exhibitions and events, hosts video and performance nights at Edinburgh College of Art and exhibits at offsite projects including Zoo Art Fair.

The Hex, London (GB)
The Hex is a project space located in the spare room of a flat in the Pembury Estate, Clapton. Each of its shows is a solo commission, with new work produced for the space. The Hex began in 2006, when Jason Dungan and Maria Zahle arrived in a new flat that was larger than the one they had had before and started organizing solo shows of people that they knew already.

The LAB, San Francisco, California (US)
The LAB is an interdisciplinary arts organization, founded in 1984 by a group of interdisciplinary artists, which supports the development and presentation of new visual, performing, media and literary art. They assist artists in the creation of new work and showcase work by emerging and underrepresented experimental artists.

The land, (TH)
Initiated in 1998 with anonymity and without the concept of ownership, the land (or in direct translation: the rice field) was founded to cultivate a place of and for social engagement.
The land is located in proximity to the village of Sanpatong. Because of difficult times for rice farmers, some rice fields in the area have been offered for development, as many of the farmers move to different areas.
These now function as an open space, though with certain intentions towards community, towards discussions and towards experimentation in other fields of thoughts.

The Luggage Store (LS), San Francisco, California (US)
The Luggage Store (LS), also known as the 509 Cultural Center, is a non-profit artist run multidisciplinary arts organization, founded in 1987 and dedicated to broadening social and aesthetic networks, encouraging the flow of images and ideas between different cultural and economic communities. They organize exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education and public art programs designed to amplify the voices of the region’s diverse artists and residents, to promote inclusion and respect, to reduce inter-group tensions and to work towards dispelling stereotypes and fears.

The New China Town Barber Shop, Los Angeles, California (US)
As neighborhood barbershops often serve as potential meeting ground for commercial and communal activities, artist-run space the New China Town Barber Shop is a place to attract interactions amongst artists, tourists, consumers, merchants, residents and community groups of Chinatown Los Angeles.

The Or Gallery, Vancouver (CA),
Established in 1983, the Or Gallery is a non-profit Society that is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors and a paid Director. The position of Director is contracted to a practicing artist on a limited basis. Each Director changes the focus of the programming. However there is an ongoing commitment to the presentation of contemporary art that is experimental, challenging and critical.

The Premises, Johannesburg (ZA)
The Premises gallery, refounded in 2004, is creatively directed and managed by independent artists’ lab The Trinity Session. The contemporary art space is hosting but not limited to exhibitions.

The Suburban, Oak Park, Illinois (US)
The Suburban is an independently run artist exhibition space, which gives complete control to the artists in regards to what they choose to produce and exhibit. Thus it is a pro artist and anti curator site. The Suburban is not driven by commercial interests. It is funded within the economy of its host’s household. Its success is not grounded in sales, press or the conventional measures set forth by the international art apparatus, but by the individual criteria set forth by the artists and their exhibitions. In this, The Suburban is more closely aligned with the idea of studio practice than that of the site of distribution.

The Western Front Society, Vancouver (CA)
The Western Front Society is a centre for poets, dancers, musicians and visual artists interested in exploration and interdisciplinary practices. The centre produces over 100 events a year.

The Wrong Gallery, New York, New York (US)
The Wrong Gallery was the smallest exhibition space in New York, located in Chelsea. The non-profit venue had only one square meter of exhibition space that could be looked at only through a glass door. The tiny gallery’s exhibition program and artistic experimentations were conceptualized and directed by Maurizio Cattelan, Ali Subotnick and Massimiliano Gioni and featured internationally acclaimed artists. In 2005 it was re-located to Tate Modern in London, where it will stay till the end of 2009. A newspaper called The Wrong Times is published once a year and features interviews with all of the artists presented at The Wrong Gallery.

Total Kunst, Edinburgh (GB),
Total Kunst is the Forest gallery. It is a non-profit gallery that aims to support artists by providing an exhibition space. They host longer exhibitions, one day performances, projects and workshops. Total Kunst is run by a working group which anyone can attend.

Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (GB)
Transmission Gallery, which was set up in 1983, provides a place where artists can meet, talk and exhibit along with local and international influences. The gallery is managed by a voluntary committee of six people. Each member of the committee serves for up to two years and is then replaced. Transmission evolves under the influence of each successive committee.

Tresor, Stuttgart (DE)
The independent art space Tresor, run by Winfried Stürzl, Marko Schacher and Kurt Laurenz Theinert and located in a former strongroom, aims to offer a forum to elusive, non concrete and time based arts.

Triple Base, San Francisco, California (US)
Triple Base is a project space that strives to facilitate new and innovative ways to promote and assist emerging Bay Area artists, to instigate dialogue with artists from various regions and to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations. Its co-curators Joyce Grimm and Dina Pugh invite artists working in areas of film/video, social practice, music, painting, drawing and sculpture to create new work while considering the parameters of site, scale and location.

Trottoir /R+D, Hamburg (D)
Trottoir is an exhibition space and program in Hamburg with associated publishing company (textem).

TTC Gallery, Copenhagen (DK)
Since 2006 TTC Gallery has distributed, promoted and exhibited zines and artists related to this culture. TTC is also a creative art collective consisting of seven members who all together, individual and in smaller groups publish graphic and photographic zines and books.

Union Docs, Brooklyn, New York (US)
UnionDocs is a non-profit documentary arts collaborative and presentation space. Currently, their primary program is The Documentary Bodega Series, featuring new and challenging documentary film and audio works on a weekly basis in their screening room. They additionally produce a podcast and blog, featuring short media pieces inspired by discussions at the Documentary Bodega and beyond.

Unten Drunter, Malmö (SE)
Unten Drunter is an exhibition space and project run by Trond Hugo Haugen, Michael Johansson and Henrik Lund Jørgensen. It is situated in a small storage room for bicycles at Bragegatan 15 in Malmö. Unten Drunter only shows every exhibition for two days, the opening night and the Saturday that follows, and wishes to complement the other galleries by focusing on art and artists living outside of Skåne.

Uqbar, Berlin (DE)
In spring 2007 Uqbar was opened as a multifunctional space for exhibitions, meetings, presentations, seminars, conferences, screenings and workshops, featuring Berlin based and international artists. Uqbar is a derivation from the non-profit art association uqbar – Society for Representation Research e.V., founded in 2004 as platform for interdisciplinary projects and international cooperation. It aims at promoting contemporary art and culture, above all implementing, supporting and hosting projects, which dedicate themselves to the research and promotion of experimental, interdisciplinary artistic and cultural practices in the international context.

urbanart Group, Melbourne (AU)
urbanart is a nonprofit association and an artists initiative, based in Melbourne, Australia, which has a global focus on urban space and the relationship of contemporary art and ideas to cultural identity. urbanart public projects create dialogues by establishing spaces for cultural translation amongst artists and between artists and the public.

VERKLIGHETEN is a non-commercial, artist-run gallery and project room in Umeå, Sweden. It shows unexpected visual art, hosts talks and seminars and provides a place for artists and public to meet and discuss art and reality.

Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou (CH)
Vitamin Creative Space is exploring an alternative working mode, specifically geared to the contemporary Chinese context. In order to operate independently from institutionalized funding, it is active both as an independent art space and as a commercial gallery. Vitamin Creative Space is actively challenging the preconception by merging these two, which traditionally are opposed strategies for supporting and presenting contemporary art, rising the searching of new Chinese contributions both from artistic practice level and institutional level within the new global context.

Western Front, Vancouver (CL)
The Western Front was founded in 1973 by eight artists who wanted to create a space for the exploration and creation of new art forms. Since then it became a centre for poets, dancers, musicians and visual artists interested in exploration and interdisciplinary practices.

West Germany, Berlin (DE)
West Germany is a non-profit gallery and club that regularly changes its name and site because of the legality of the space. It is run by a collective of four artist/musicians. It all moves via word-of-mouth and an extensive mailing list, having no website, phone number or fixed address.

West Space, Melbourne (AU),
West Space is a non-profit artist-led organization supporting the activities of artists within a critical context. West Space programming foregrounds engaged artistic practice which is challenging, experimental, exploratory, and diverse. Founded in 1993, West Space is now Australia’s most prolific artist run organization, continuing to build on its excellent record of providing a supportive and flexible avenue for the presentation and generation of contemporary art and its ensuing dialogue. West Space has developed a unique identity amongst Australian arts organizations. This reputation has been forged through a sustained belief in the importance of artist-run initiatives to practitioners, audiences and the art industry. As an organization run by artists, it is fully engaged with the multiplicity of practices that artists embrace.

WESTWERK, Hamburg (DE)
Gallery/club WESTWERK presents art and music since 1985. In an old building in the centre of Hamburg a group of artists and creatively minded people maintain and program the location as an off-space, art gallery, music club, site for installations, performances, readings and events on the ground floor of an artists’ house located in an old building in the middle of Hamburg’s city centre.

White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London (GB)
White Cubicle Toilet Gallery is as its name promises a (ladies) toilets in the East London pub The George and the Dragon, where art is displayed on a regular basis.

Wiener Secession, Vienna (AT)
The Association of Visual Artists Wiener Secession was founded in 1897 and presented its first exhibition in 1898, the same year the new Secession building was completed to the designs of Joseph M.Olbrich. Today, the Secession is the world’s oldest independent gallery devoted entirely to exhibitions of contemporary art. The exhibition program of the Wiener Secession is decided by the members of the Association of Visual Artists Wiener Secession on a democratic basis and selected entirely according to artistic criteria. One of the basic objectives of the Association is the presentation of current developments in Austrian and international art, as well as to cultivate an openness for experimentation.

OPA, Guadalajara (MX)
OPA is a center for dissemination, documentation and production of visual arts. It is a non-profit institution open to the public in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Yeans, Gothenburg (SE)
Yeans is a non-profit gallery/microcinema, in Gothenburg Sweden.

Ydre Nørrebro Kultur Bureau (YNKB), Copenhagen (DK)
Ydre Nørrebro Kultur Bureau (YNKB) is an artist group based on Ydre Nørrebro. It aims to leave the elitist centers of art in order to establish cultural and artistic activities where people live. Because it understands art as a collective research project on a global interrelational and human scale based on humanity, openness, self-determination, participation, generosity and warmth, YNKB wants to use dialogue and participation as a method of involving audiences in a common artistic process.

YYZ, Toronto (CA)
The artist-run initiative YYZ is dedicated to the support of work by contemporary artists working in all media, and to the provision of a venue for the exhibition of this work through on-going programs in both visual and time-based arts — video, film and performance. It seeks to encourage a dialogue between a variety of people and communities, no matter if they are artists filmmakers, video artists, writers or critics. It hosts curated thematic group exhibitions and exhibitions by individual artists developed from open submission calls, work by emerging artists as well as that of more senior artists whose work continues to develop.

Zagreus Projekt / Koch / Kunst, Berlin (DE)
Ulrich Krauss Zagreus Project is a restaurant/event space/gallery for cooking and art. Each project is made in collaboration with another artist, and created for this space. There are projects being organized with the means of drug smuggling in which drugs are swallowed and concealed in the stomach, and the common food additive Mono-Sodium Glutamate, where the walls of the gallery were covered with the barely noticeable additive against the white setting, whilst guests enjoyed a 5-course feast containing no trace of the additive. On site, there is a professional kitchen, which is also used to run a catering business, which partially funds the project.