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 channel for representation and networking between the listed spaces.
Formed in 2017, Independent Space Index aims to strengthen solidarity among like-minded cultural initiatives, increase the visibility of 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 major institution. These spaces often operate as a Kunstverein (Art Association).
In case of doubt, we follow this working definition:
An Independent Space is a self-organised exhibition space which primarily and programmatically exhibits contemporary art. An Independent Space is accessible to the public and engages in mediation work. An Independent Space does not strive for financial profit.
When can I visit?
Check 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 during which many of the listed spaces are open to the public for an entire weekend.
Independent Space Index hosts 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.
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.