Independent and alternative art spaces all over the city are presenting for the first time the
Independent Art Spaces 2015 in order to launch a platform for the diffusion and exchange of experimental and innovative approaches for the production, dissemination, presentation and exhibition of contemporary art in Beijing.
Beijing has one of the most vibrant and active art scenes in the world. In city awash in an
inexhaustible array of exhibition openings and events, 2014 made evident a growing network
of new and alternative art platforms in all sorts of environments, from the small alleyways in the cityʼs hutongs, to programs in artistʼs studios, to exhibitions in rooms and spaces in residential buildings in different parts of the city.
Characterized by strong conceptual approaches, open dialog and by incorporating parts of
the city in which art could flourish away from the predetermined art zones, these spaces have
merged into a network of dynamic art exchanges making new contributions to the progress of
the discourses of contemporary art in China.
With a variety of programs mirroring the broad spectrum of Beijingʼs new wave of independent and alternative spaces, for the first Independent Art Spaces, galleries, exhibition studios, and art spaces all over the city jointly opened their doors to the public with exhibitions, performances, concerts, screenings, lectures, book releases and more.
Independent Art Spaces 2015 took place from August 28 until August 30 in several
venues across the city. In the closing conference on August 31 a group of similar projects from around
the world were invited to discuss models, programs, concepts and possibilities of contemporary independent and alternative art spaces.