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Tube Factory artspace

1125 Cruft St. Indianapolis, IN 46203

Our hours are:

Wednesday-Friday, 9am-6pm

Saturday + Sunday, 9am-3pm

Visit the Tube Factory website here.

Tube Factory an artist-run contemporary art museum and community center. Open to everyone as a public place for culture, community, and creativity, Tube features four contemporary art galleries as well as gathering areas. It’s also home base for Big Car Collaborative’s work across Indianapolis and beyond. Tube Factory features rotating exhibits, interactive projects, community space, a reference library, an outdoor gathering space, and much more to find through exploring. Tube Factory is an independent, noncommercial, nonprofit public place.

Tube Factory also earns income for its free public programs, in part, through private event, meeting, and reception rental. Learn more about renting our unique and creative space below and here.

Tube Factory, like Big Car, is not owned or directed by corporate, real estate development, religious, political, or governmental entities. Our artist-run 501c3 nonprofit arts organization, officially named Big Car Media, Inc. (now going by Big Car Collaborative) fully owns Tube Factory (as well as Listen Hear on nearby Shelby Street and two artist residency houses on Cruft Street).

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When we are open, admission is free. On a rare occasion, some events may have ticket prices. At least 95 percent of our programming is free to the public.


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.

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, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and LISC Indianapolis. Additional generous support came from Klipsch, Ann Stack, Howard Schrott and Diana Mutz, Ursula David, Sam Sutphin and Kerry Dinneen, and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation.

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