What is an Independent Space?

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.

About Independent Space Index

Independent Space Index is a self-organised, comprehensive index of these artist-run, non-commercial and independent art spaces (also called “Off-Spaces” or Alternative Spaces) in Vienna, Austria, as well as a channel for representation and networking between those spaces.

Formed in 2017 as a response to the elected right-wing coalition and the concern about possible 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 local art scene.


As one of its main outward manifestations, 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.

Regular's Table

Independent Space Index hosts semi-public gatherings 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 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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