Independent Space Index is a comprehensive directory of artist-run, non-commercial, and independent art spaces (also called “Off-Spaces” or Alternative Spaces) in Vienna, as well as a channel for representation and networking between the listed spaces.
Formed in 2017 as a direct response to the elected right-wing coalition and growing concern about the possibility of cultural budget cuts in Austria, Independent Space Index aims to strengthen solidarity among like-minded cultural initiatives, increase the visibility of non-commercial, independent artistic production by archiving its locales and facilitating their discovery, and highlight their contribution to the Viennese art scene.
What is an Independent Space?
Independent Space Index lists any permanent physical space that publicly exhibits contemporary art in Vienna and is neither a commercial gallery nor a larger institution. These spaces often operate as a Kunstverein (Art Association) and are supported through public cultural budget.
In rare cases of doubt, we follow this working definition:
An Independent Space is a self-organised, non-commercial exhibition space which, as an instance not bound to a specific person, primarily and programmatically exhibits contemporary art, and in doing so carries out public mediation work.
When can I visit?
Most spaces have different, flexible opening hours that sometimes change. You can visit the respective web presences for information about opening times, ways to get in contact and make an appointment, and information about exhibition openings and events. Vienna's art calendar eSeL is a great place to check for upcoming events as well.
Independent Space Index also hosts a yearly festival where a lot of the listed spaces are collectively open to the public for an entire weekend.
Independent Space Index has been arranging identically named festivals since 2018. Find more information about the festivals as well as additional material such as reviews, interviews, images and videos in our Archive.
Independent Space Index meets on a regular basis. From time to time, we invite external contributors to participate in the informal exchange. Feel free to reach out to learn more.
Independent Space Index makes no claim to completeness and up-to-dateness of its entries. If you operate a space that is not yet listed, or if you believe an initiative is missing on the list or an entry is incorrect, you can get in touch via email@example.com.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped establish our initiative and the people that keep supporting our ambitions. Independent Space Index is organised by volunteers and driven by collaborative effort—all help is always warmly appreciated.