Independent Space Index is a comprehensive directory of artist-run, non-commercial, and independent spaces for contemporary art (sometimes called “Off-Spaces” or Alternative Spaces) in Vienna, as well as a networking channel between the listed spaces.

The network was formed in 2017 with the aim of strengthening solidarity among like-minded cultural initiatives, increasing the visibility of independent artistic production by archiving its locales and facilitating their discovery, and highlighting their contribution to the Viennese art scene.

The list of spaces is regularly updated. There are currently 81 active spaces listed.


Independent Space Index organizes the yearly festival of independent spaces in Vienna. This multi-day event has been the largest annual joint endeavour of project spaces in Vienna since its first edition in 2018.

Find more information about the festivals as well as additional material such as reviews, interviews, images and videos in our Archive.

What is an Independent Space?

Any permanent, physical space dedicated to contemporary art, that is neither a commercial gallery nor a major institution.

In case of doubt, we follow this working definition:

An Independent Space is a self-organized space that is primarily and programmatically dedicated to contemporary art. An Independent Space is open and accessible to the public and engages in mediation work. An Independent Space is ultimately not a profit-driven endeavor.

When can I visit?

Check the linked 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.


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, please get in touch via contact@independentspaceindex.at.


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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.

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