Dear visitors, the worldwide spread of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) is still also bothering the independent art scene. Please refer directly to the websites of the respective art initiatives to learn more about individual opening hours and programmes. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Founded in 2015, Art Initiatives Cologne (AIC) is a network of independent, non-commercial art and project spaces, art initiatives and festivals in Cologne. Subscribe to our newsletter (further down on the website) and receive regular information about the joint activities of the independent art scene in Cologne. Regarding opening dates in the different exhibition spaces, please check our website. The current AIC-Index 2019/2020 with an overview map can be found in participating spaces and other locations. It is also available for download here. Enjoy discovering the big variety of Cologne's independent art scene.


Open Call [application till 20.11.] – Research and Working Scholarships from the City of Cologne

For the second time, 15 research and working scholarships from the city of Cologne will be awarded to Cologne artists and curators.

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Open Call [bis 18.10.2020] – MATJÖ

Open Call [bis 18.10.2020] – MATJÖ

Aufruf zur Bewerbung für das Ausstel­lungs­pro­gramm 2021 im Matjö – Raum für Kunst. Einsendeschluss: 18. Oktober 2020.

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MÉLANGE ist eine Initiative von Patrick C. Haas und Jonas Schenk, die seit April 2015 Solo- und Duoprojekte mit zeitgenössischen Künstlern realisiert, die mehrheitlich im Rheinland bisher keine Präsenz gehabt haben. Zusätzlich steht der Austausch mit international agierenden Kunsträumen im Fokus, wodurch immer wieder neue Positionen für die hiesige Szene zugänglich gemacht werden. Durch den ständigen Ausbau des Netzwerks soll der Standort Köln gestärkt und ein internationales Interesse für die Region angeregt werden. [read more]

kjubh Kunstverein e.V.

kjubh Kunstverein e.V. is a non-commercial exhibition initiative, which occupies a niche in Cologne between institutions and the independent scene. Since its foundation in 2000, various curators have presented current art in cooperation with kjubh. Heads of larger art associations as well as renowned independent curators have set up individual exhibitions here or supervised the programme over a longer period. With a productive mixture of young, international and local positions, kjubh consciously avoids programmatic definition. The initiative sees itself as an open, lively podium for a broad variety of media and forms of expression and has established itself as a meeting place for well-informed visitors, also thanks to its flexibility in showing older and marginal positions. [read more]