Tube Factory artspace
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 rental. Learn more about renting our unique and creative space below and here.
Visit the Tube Factory website 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).
Big Car/Tube Factory is a member of Common Field, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Garfield Park Neighbors Association. We care strongly about people — and our neighborhood, city, state, country, and planet.
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. 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.
THANK YOU TO OUR TUBE FACTORY FUNDERS
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 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.
TUBE MEDIA COVERAGE
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)
No Mean City
The Urban Times