TUBE FACTORY ARTSPACE – now open from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Tube Factory artspace, 1125 S. Cruft St. Indianapolis, IN 46203

Tube Factory is a hybrid between an art museum and community center. Open to everyone as a public place for culture, community, and creativity and features four contemporary art exhibition galleries as well as areas for people to get together. It’s also home base for Big Car Collaborative’s work across Indianapolis and elsewhere. Tube Factory features rotating exhibits, interactive projects, space to hang out, a reference library and free books for teens and kids to take home, an outdoor gathering space, and much more to find through exploring. Tube Factory is an independent, noncommercial, nonprofit, artist-run space not directly affiliated with religious, political, or governmental entities. We care strongly about our neighborhood, city, state, country, and planet.

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Now through July 22

Carlos Rolón/Dzine: 50 Grand

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — plus special events. Tube is also open until 10 p.m. each First Friday. Closed on holidays. Admission is free. Some events may have ticket prices.

For detailed information on renting space in Tube Factory for events, meetings, receptions, and more, please click here and also feel free to email email hidden; JavaScript is required. You can view and download our rental brochure here. Proceeds help support our wide variety of free community and cultural programming. The starting rate for rental is $350 and includes three Big Car staff.

Rental FAQS

How many people can the space hold?

Depending on the set up anywhere from 150-300.


The gallery is not part of the facility rental. There are no tables, chairs, food or drink allowed in the gallery. While the gallery can be open during your event, it is not included as part of the facility rental.


You may use command strips, putty and painter’s tape on the walls but you cannot hammer into the walls. There are also certain areas you cannot cover, such as: the donor wall and the bar area.

What can be moved?

The tables and chairs only.

Where is the trash?

Dumpsters are at the south of the building by creek. You are responsible for the removal of your own trash.

Will you promote my event?

We will not promote your event unless the event is a partnership.

Can I bring in my own alcohol/bartenders?

You must use our bartenders to staff the bar, it costs extra to have the bar open. You cannot serve alcohol unless our bar is open. You can’t bring in your own alcohol. If it’s a cash bar where Big Car keeps the alcohol sales, we supply cups and napkins. If it’s an open bar, you supply cups and napkins. The alcohol you supply to your guests via an open bar must be purchased through Big Car.

Can I put my own images on the t.v.s?

The images on the televisions cannot be changed out for the event.

Is it extra to use your chairs (other than the ones at the tables)and a.v. equipment?


What about parking?

If you have more than 50 people attending your event you must provide a parking attendant or pay one of our staff for to direct the attendees to the additional lot. Please let attendees know they can park along Shelby St. but they can not park on Cruft. The street parking on Cruft is for residents only.


This previously vacant 12,000-square-foot former manufacturing building is now a thoughtfully renovated home base for our work as well as partnership-based community meetings and cultural events. It was built in 1908 for use by as a dairy bottling plant before housing an armory, sheet metal pattern works, peanut roaster, and factory where people made metal tubes. Check out photos of Tube Factory here and view gifs of the transformation of our space here.

Tube Factory: Before and After from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The transformation of the Tube Factory building (which opened in May of 2016) and the programming happening there are possible thanks to an outpouring of support from a wide range of funders for the first phase of the effort. Large grants for Tube Factory have come from the City of Indianapolis, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Lilly Endowment, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and LISC Indianapolis. Additional generous support came from Klipsch, Ann and Chris Stack, Howard Schrott and Diana Mutz, Ursula David, Sam Sutphin and Kerry Dinneen, and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. The architectural firm Blackline also provided design support for the renovation of the building. And Riley Area Development Corporation is a key partner in the project.

All about The Tube Factory from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The Donors from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The Guardian (UK)
Sports Illustrated (video)
Pivot on Tube’s history
The Indianapolis Star (preview)
Indianapolis Star (opening)
Indianapolis Business Journal (review)
Indianapolis Business Journal (overall article)
Indianapolis Business Journal (Property Lines)
NUVO Newsweekly
Southside Times
No Mean City
The Urban Times

Big Car and Tube Factory are members of the Garfield Park Neighbors Association, IDADA and the Fountain Square Merchants Association.