Open space is an itinerant organisation that supports emerging creative practice, promoting dialogue in the arts through an annually recurring programme of dynamic projects in unexpected spaces.


Building on its work over the last five years as a platform for experimental initiatives and creative commissions, Open Space Contemporary relaunched as Open Space in 2019, now featuring its second year of ambitious multidisciplinary projects.

Each annually recurring project responds to current critical issues, with the aim of highlighting and supporting the work of practitioners from various creative backgrounds – from emerging artists to curators and writers.


Writing Space
An experimental digital platform where four writers with multidisciplinary backgrounds – from artists to curators and poets, are commissioned to contribute texts, published on Open Space’s website.

An emerging guest curator is invited to develop a series of discursive events in London.

Edible Goods
Founding Director Huma Kabakcı invites an artist to co-curate an exhibition, exploring food as a medium in contemporary art.

Curatorial Residency
Open Space’s two month residency in Istanbul gives young curators the opportunity to engage with the Huma Kabakcı Collection, whilst facilitating encounters with a network of institutions and practitioners. The curator in residence then has the opportunity to present an outcome in London (This project is on hold due to Covid-19).

10 Minute Interviews

Since July 2020 Open Space has been highlighting the multidisciplinary practice of a diverse range of multidisciplinary artists through 10 minute interviews on our digital platform and social media. These informal conversations conducted by Huma Kabakcı will focus on their work and open up discussion around current issues.

Un / Learning Space

Un/Learning Space is a newly initiated project by Open Space to create a system between emerging art creatives. By both learning and unlearning, the workshops that will be available between April-September 2021 will aim to decolonize the classical institutional teaching. By inviting various both nationally and internationally acclaimed, multidisciplinary art practitioners, Un/Learning Space will include workshops around CV and Portfolio building, Informal crit sessions, motivational, creative coaching and more. Come join us and become a part of our community and further your creative networking skills. More information coming soon.



Selected Partners & Collaborators

AMP Gallery
Block Universe Performance Festival
Delfina Foundation
Fishers Gin
German Kraft Brewery
IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts)
Old Spike Roastery
Platform Southwark
Rare Tea Co.
Royal College of Art
SAHA Foundation
The Ned
Ugly Duck




Ergin Çavuşoğlu 
Contemporary artist and academic based in London

İrem Günay 
Founder of Good Life Consulting and art patron

Cliff Lauson
Senior Curator at Hayward Gallery

Julie Lomax
Chief Executive Officer at The Artists Information Company