Upcoming at SPACE



Friday 04.20.2018 through Friday 03.16.2018
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Main Gallery

Friday 06.29.2018 through Friday 02.02.2018
SPACE is proud to present a new installation by artist, activist, and filmmaker, Spencer Keeton Cunningham.


Saturday 05.12.2018 through Friday 03.16.2018
Sandra Erbacher’s most recent work explores the parallels between bureaucracy and fascism via the appropriation and juxtaposition of text and diagrams from office furniture archives, images, fascist architecture and fashion, and the history of Nazi Germany.

Artist Talk

Wednesday 04.11.2018
Tuesday 04.17.2018
In her poems, Shelley Wong centers queer women of color to counter their marginalization and foreground their desires independent of motherhood and marriage.
Friday 04.27.2018
In the early Seventies, three books changed horror forever: ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE EXORCIST, and THE OTHER.
Wednesday 05.02.2018
In the fall of 2010, during her sophomore year of college, then 19-year-old Abby Norman was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain.


Sunday 03.25.2018
In the mid-1800s, after decades of the scientific and economic march of the Industrial Revolution has created an age of both new prosperity and new problems, a 26-year-old writer, researcher and ra
Monday 04.09.2018
After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return
Friday 04.20.2018
The Best of Ottawa 2017 is a collection of jury awarded short films and fan favorites from the 41st edition of the Ottawa International Animation
Tuesday 04.24.2018
“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary,


Friday 03.23.2018
*** This performance is being postponed to a later date.
Saturday 03.24.2018
Join us for an evening of traditional music and dance from the Middle East. 
Friday 03.30.2018
One of our favorite shows in the world returns!
Saturday 04.07.2018
Guiding lights of the Kesho Wazo youth art collective, Wazo Daveed and Wazo Zaya Universe join forces for a pow


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Sandra Erbacher - Geometry of Oppression

Friday, March 16, 2018 to Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tyler Ryan - COSMIC LAG (ongoing)

Friday, March 16, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

Postponed: The Rose Quintet presents Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 8:00pm
Doors at: 

doors at 7:30pm


An Evening of Middle Eastern Dance & Music

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00pm
Doors at: 

doors at 7pm



Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Doors at: 

Doors open at 6:30pm


Luan Sherman

Thursday, March 29, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Doors at: 

Doors at 5:45pm


The Dance Cartel with DJ Che Ros

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 9:00pm
Doors at: 

doors at 8pm

Trail Off

Trail Off is an experimental living-room series that focuses on mysticism and nature in a cozy and intimate environment. It's being curated by Greg Jamie (The Oak and the Ax), and conceptualized and designed by Kelly Rioux (New Fruit) and Gil Corral (Hog Farm Studios).  It opens January 22nd in the SPACE annex at 534 Congress St. 

Think & Drink

This year is the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, one of the “Reconstruction Amendments” that helped to reshape the United States’ political terrain. The 14th Amendment, in case focuses on citizenship, due process, and equal protection. And so in 2016, we will take the idea of “citizens” and “citizenship” and dive deeply using activism, art, gender, sex, and more as our lenses. The MC... MORE


A series of films about authors presented with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.


Once again, SPACE is hosting the 2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films, for Animation and Live Action.  Each program will screen for an evening and an afternoon screening.  These are popular events and tend to sell out so advanced ticket purchase is encouraged.
Feb 10, 2017, Feb 11, 2017
Feb 11, 2017, Feb 12, 2017


Every other Wednesday this summer, SPACE picks a favorite film to screen on the new rooftop deck at Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St, Portland. 06.14 -MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 06.28 - STOP MAKING SENSE 07.12 - WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS 07.26 - GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 08.09 - GET OUT 08.23 - HAIRSPRAY Films are free and start at sunset.  Seating is on a first come basis. In event of bad weather, screenings... MORE
Jun 14, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Aug 9, 2017
Aug 23, 2017

The Freedom Side Film Series - Presented with the ACLU of Maine

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Sep 18, 2017, Sep 20, 2017
Oct 18, 2017
Dec 13, 2017

Health/Care Film Series

American healthcare has emerged in recent years as a hot-button issue, generating vigorous debates over a system that many agree to be at best, fairly inefficient and at worse, in need of serious overhaul. In fulfilling the “Ideas” element of SPACE Gallery’s “Arts, Artists, Ideas” directive we present our Health/Care Film Series in January and February 2013. Three films, paired with discussions,... MORE
Feb 13, 2013
Film: Escape Fire
Jan 9, 2013
Jan 18, 2013, Jan 19, 2013, Jan 20, 2013
Workshop: Luan Sherman
Mar 29, 2018
Artist Talk: Shelley Wong
Apr 17, 2018
Artist Talk: Madsen Minax
May 7, 2018
Music: Amy Reid
May 25, 2018

Summer Music Film Series

Music films are a natural fit at SPACE since they bridge two of the programming worlds we curate year-round. We’ve put together a diverse lineup of films about music and musicians to help fill the summer months. Take a look. There should be something for just about any taste. 
Jul 25, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
Aug 15, 2013

Maine College of Art Illustrators' Film Series

SPACE Gallery and the Maine College of Art Illustration Department have teamed up to curate a small series of films about cartoonists and illustrators.
Sep 24, 2013
Dec 3, 2013
Jan 14, 2014
Feb 25, 2014

Think and Drink

We’ve all had deep discussions with our friends while we’re out at night—why not add a couple of experts to the mix and really take it up a notch? That’s the idea behind Think & Drink, a happy-hour series in Portland that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with two panelists who have expertise in the... MORE
Community event: Think & Drink
Feb 5, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
Mar 5, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
Apr 2, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
May 7, 2014

Iceland Cometh!

Iceland Cometh! is our first weekend celebrating our Nordic neighbors as innovative cultural leaders. We're proud to offer a free concert, free film screening, and free hot dogs to bring our community together in a triumphant exaltation of all things Iceland.
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 14, 2014


SPACE Gallery’s curiosity is the foundation of our programming. Manifest as art, design, innovation, writing, critical thinking, or by other means, ideas stick in our minds, create discussion and raise questions about our perceptions of the world. INSIGHT is a program for our lead donors who give $250 or more each year. We invite you to explore with us, seeking insight into the... MORE
Dec 17, 2012
Jan 22, 2013
May 18, 2013
Oct 7, 2013
Jun 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2016


We're excited to team up with The State Theatre to bring you a heavy handful of films revolving around musicians and their music-making.
Sep 2, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Nov 6, 2014

Family-Friendly Concert Series

SPACE presents a new monthly series of daytime concerts open to music-lovers of all ages.
Oct 19, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
Jan 10, 2015


We picked some of our favorite classic family-friendly films for our Winter Break Family Fim Series. Sponsored by The Horizon Foundation. Friday, December 26th - Monday, December 29th. Doors open at 1:30pm.  Films start at 2:00pm.
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 29, 2014


SPACE Gallery and Shorts International present the 2015 Oscar-Nominated Short Films. The Animated Program runs on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm and Friday, January 30th at 7:30pm. The Live Action Program runs On Saturday, January 31st at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Nominations are announced on Jan. 16th. The Academy Awards ceremony is on Sunday, Feb. 22nd.
Jan 29, 2015, Jan 30, 2015
Jan 31, 2015, Jan 31, 2015

Upcoming Events

  • Music: Friday, Mar 23, 2018   |   8:00 PM
    Postponed: The Rose Quintet presents Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters
  • Music: Saturday, Mar 24, 2018   |   8:00 PM
    An Evening of Middle Eastern Dance & Music
  • Film: Sunday, Mar 25, 2018   |   7:00 PM
  • Workshop: Thursday, Mar 29, 2018   |   6:00 PM
    Luan Sherman
  • Music: Friday, Mar 30, 2018   |   9:00 PM
    The Dance Cartel with DJ Che Ros
  • Music: Saturday, Apr 7, 2018   |   8:30 PM
    Wazo Live
  • Film: Monday, Apr 9, 2018   |   7:00 PM
  • Music: Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018   |   8:00 PM
    Screaming Females and Thou with HIRS
  • Artist Talk: Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018   |   6:00 PM
    Tyler Ryan's Cosmic Lag
  • Music: Thursday, Apr 12, 2018   |   8:00 PM
    Mirah with Secret Drum Band
  • Music: Saturday, Apr 14, 2018   |   8:30 PM
    Vundabar with Ratboys and Snowhaus
  • Music: Sunday, Apr 15, 2018   |   7:30 PM
    Four by Four

Current Exhibitions

  • Main Gallery   |   2.2 - 6.29
    Spencer Keeton Cunningham - Arrival
  • Annex   |   3.16 - 5.12
    Sandra Erbacher - Geometry of Oppression
  • Window   |   3.16 - 4.20
    Tyler Ryan - COSMIC LAG (ongoing)


February 27, 2018 | By genevieve
by Julia Whyel After a near-death experience in 2009, Julie K. Gray finds that much of her artwork addresses mortality and the psychological space of “limbo,” thematically. In order to address these intangible subjects, she has come to use symbolism, humor, kitsch,...

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