Dear visitors, the worldwide spread of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) is also bothering the independent art scene. Due to the current situation, many art and cultural venues will remain closed until further notice. Please refer directly to the websites of the respective art initiatives. Thank you for your 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.

News

Kölner Kulturgenerator


Kölner Kulturgenerator

Die Niehler Freiheit startet gemeinsam mit dem Kölner Kulturrat den Kulturgenerator – eine solidarische Plattform für Künstler*innen und Einrichtungen aller Kultursparten.

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Competition [Deadline 14.05.2020] – Art on former Cologne Advertising Columns 2019-2029


Competition [Deadline 14.05.2020] – Art on former Cologne Advertising Columns 2019-2029

The City of Cologne's Office of Cultural Affairs is currently organizing an artistic competition exclusively addressing the visual arts and photography.

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Initiatives

KUNSTHAUS KAT18


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KUNSTHAUS KAT18 is an art space with studios, a project room and a gallery with a coffee bar. We promote artistic and cultural processes with the goal of improving the living conditions of the artists within the studio community in society. An integral part is exchange and collaboration with other artists and cultural institutions. Projects, exhibitions, audience discussions, readings and theatre performances take place regularly. KUNSTHAUS KAT18 is a GWK GmbH project. It emerged in 2014 from the creative workshop ALLERHAND, which was founded in 1993. [read more]

LTK4


ltk4
Upon entering the Lutherturm from Volksgartenstrasse, we enter, acoustically, visually and climatically, into an entirely new spatial situation, independent of all ecclesiastical, artistic or communicative use of the location: the road noises appear subdued and yet clearer, the light is focused and yet more intimate, the walls cool and yet more protective. Despite the fact that, in its dimensions, the space can be considered small and traversing it takes but a few seconds, the broad prospect of artistic opportunities becomes immediately apparent. After this, we already find ourselves in the atrium of the Lutherkirche which leads on upwards: five neatly stacked rectangular blocks, accessible via a narrow staircase, at its top end rewarding us with a view of a belfry fit for a cathedral. We feel that we have reached the top of the tower, but we have in fact only just conquered half of it. Onwards we go, visually, acoustically, and artistically. Were the expression of a diamond in the rough not so very worn out, it would be a fitting description of the tower, albeit only if it remained uncut. A state of robust architectural functionality in the context of which sound and art would be able to unfold its credibility choreographically. And in fact does this in a rather particular fashion: For here it is not subject to any ecclesiastical or political intervention; the boundaries set are merely due to physical and structural considerations, never those concerning form or content. From 2017 onwards, LTK4 will offer a new home to sound-based arts at the Cologne Lutherturm. [read more]