The five galleries located at Ebertplatz—one of the most relevant hubs for independent contemporary art in Cologne—need your support. Please read and sign the following petition against closing them down:

The current AIC-Index 2017/2018 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.

Art Initiatives Cologne (AIC) is a newly founded 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.

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Brückenmusik is an annual sound-art event that has taken place, since 1995, inside and in the vicinity of Deutz Suspension Bridge. [read more]


The project gallery LABOR, part of the Ebertplatz passage since 2005, is a pioneer in this inner-city location, which has developed into one of the main art locations in Cologne over recent years. The large shop windows offer glimpses of the respective exhibitions, even outside openings hours. LABOR was established as an exhibition space for contemporary art through the founding of a booster club at the beginning of 2013. Alongside classical exhibitions, LABOR also consciously opens itself to cross-genre formats and sees itself (and the Ebertplatz passage) as a stage for experiments. A fringe programme includes performances, readings and concerts. In addition, LABOR is regularly home to various festivals, for example the Internationale Photoszene, the architecture biennale plan and the Passagen Interior Design Week. [read more]