ATS is a DIY project space in Austin, Texas, that hosts experiments in visual art, music, performance, and community work.
Scroll down for a comprehensive descriptions of the programming we do at ATS.
ATS hosts and curates visual and performing art exhibits. Emily Lee, a founder of ATS, handles the selection and organization independently. Exhibits at ATS focus on material and process, and they do not force the artworks or artist into discursive categories. Exhibit text is provided. Installation and printed ephemera is done collaboratively with the artist(s).
ATS offers the space, digital outreach, and organizational power as resources for creative instructors. Local residents are invited to propose a public workshop at least two months in advance. Each one is promoted through the ATS newsletter. Profits are split 50/50 between the workshop leader and ATS. First-time & to-be instructors welcome. To propose a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
[photo credit: Lauren Kluehiemer]
At each gathering, a portion of Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint will be read out loud by whomever is interested for about 20 minutes, then discussed amongst the group for about an hour. Anyone is welcome to join for one or more gatherings. Please RSVP via email at email@example.com
ATS hosts and promotes shows. Thom Waddill, one of the co-founders of ATS, handles the selection and booking independently. Suggested donation cover is split 60/40 with the musicians, with 60% supporting ATS’s operating fees.
[photo credit left to right: Jake Dapper, Cat Pozos, Jake Dapper]
Access the space at no cost for local mutual aid organizing. The group ATS partners with can choose to use the space in a variety of ways, whether as a place to paint big signs, or as a space to host a fundraiser/pop up. Promotion and fundraising through the ATS’s monthly newsletter is also available.
Non-ATS affiliated exhibits, events, performances, film sets, photo shoots, etc. rent the warehouse space for $75/hour for a minimum of 2 hours with no production assistance.
For up to $140/hour, ATS hosts your event and provides equipment, promotion and graphics, vendors, and sound tech pending availability. For working artists (people whose primary job is being an artist and subsidizing with freelance gigs), ATS offers a sliding scale rental fee both parties agree upon. If needed, we’re willing to collaborate with the artist to fundraise using ATS’s resources.
Click here to book through Peerspace.
ATS is committed to fostering highly sensitive, context-specific art in Texas and giving artists whose work doesn’t fit into a commercial economy the opportunity to experiment, make mistakes, and have questions. It’s not a financially sustainable model, and we don’t plan on making it last forever; it’ll just last as long as it has the resources to. It costs about $1,500 per month to break even, not including labor.
Email us to stay in the loop for volunteer opportunities.
ATS is housed in a warehouse on a residential cul-de-sac adjacent to an industrial concrete manufacturer in Emily Lee’s and Thom Waddill’s rental home’s backyard.
[header photo credit: Logan Davis]