Knockdown Center’s mission is to be responsive to the needs of cultural producers making experimental and cross-disciplinary work, and to provide a platform for in-depth inquiry from varying viewpoints across diverse formats. Through an open proposal process, we offer artists, curators, and organizers the freedom to challenge traditional notions of presentation and reception.

Knockdown Center accepts proposals of any form, scale, and subject matter and reviews them biannually with our curatorial advisory board. To submit a proposal, please refer to the proposal guidelines below and refer to the floorplans to identify the space that best suits your project. Please direct any questions to

Please note:
Proposals for group shows should not include the organizer’s own artwork.
We do not rent our space for exhibitions.


Deadline: October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm

About Main Spaces Projects and Application Process

Knockdown Center’s Main Spaces are our most active spaces. Because they are in high demand, projects proposing for the Main Spaces should plan to use them as efficiently as possible, and should not exceed 2 weeks in duration. Main Space projects can take the form of large-scale temporary installations, dance, theater, readings, talks, screenings, conferences, etc.

The Main Spaces project proposal is a multi-step process. In the first round, we invite artists and organizers to submit a letter of intent describing the project they wish to produce, along with a selection of images or videos. After a first round of reviews, a shortlist of selected applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal, and the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth conversation with Knockdown Center’s staff about the nature of the space and what kind of support Knockdown Center can offer to realize the proposed project.

Please consider the following  logistical factors and spatial limitations when conceptualizing your proposal:

  • The Main Spaces are in extremely high demand, and should be used as efficiently as possible. Developmental residencies and extended rehearsal periods are therefore not feasible.
  • The Main Spaces are open-plan, multi-use, and often shared.
  • The Main Spaces receive abundant natural night. Please consider this aspect of the space when conceptualizing multi-day projects that might require light control such as video and light installations.

Please refer to the floorplans when imagining your project.
Download Floorplans Here

Knockdown Center’s space support program

Knockdown Center supports artists and organizers producing events in need of space!

Through Open Capacity: Knockdown Center’s space support program, artists and organizers may apply for use of space and basic operational support for one-time events such as performances, workshops, talks, screenings, or conferences that align with the KdC mission and resonate with existing programming. Spaces available include intimate bar settings, a raw black box-style room, and 20,000 square feet of open-plan industrial space, amongst others.

While Knockdown Center provides space and operational support, the applying artist or organization is fully responsible for funding and producing their event and expected to participate in promotion and outreach.

In addition to space, Knockdown Center provides:
-Basic AV and technical support.
-Box office and event staffing.
-Marketing support though inclusion on the KdC website, newsletter, and socials.

Program Guidelines
-Open Capacity is intended for one-time public events. The program does not apply for closed rehearsals, video shoots, private meetings, or an ongoing series of events.
-Eligibility is determined by Knockdown Center’s assessment of the logistical feasibility of event production, operational impact, existing calendar of events, and the proposed event’s relationship to Knockdown Center’s mission and other programs.
-Space is allocated to applicants by Knockdown Center. Space offered is non-negotiable, and determined by other events in the building, audience capacity, and technical needs.
-All accepted events must comply with Knockdown Centers operational protocols and schedules.

Please refer to the floorplans when imagining your event:
Floorplans Here

We accept applications for Open Capacity events on a rolling basis.