The Tbilisi State Academy of Arts possesses several exhibition venues, where various types of exh bitions, actions-presentations and workshops are constantly being held (in accordance with the gallery specifics).
The Big Exhibition Hall, which is located in the Academy old building, hosts relatively large-scale exhibitions. Its exhibition space has been rehabilitated and the renovated gallery was opened in February, 2010. The total area of the Big Exhibition Hall is 320 square metres (40m X 8m). This Hall is equipped with a heating/air-conditioning system, a modern lightening system corresponding to museum and gallery standards, as well as a projector and a sound amplification system.
The “Academy Hall” gallery was opened in the same building in 2009 with the support of the “The NATO Information Center”. Mainly, small size exhibitions-projects of an informational-presentational character, in-house academic exhibitions, and art-actions are held in this venue. The total area of this venue is 150 square metres.
In 1981, a creative laboratory of the Chair of Textiles was established in the building located at 19 Chardin Street. Course and Diploma works – tapestries, carpets and rugs – were realized here. Due to the large number of art pieces collected here, rehabilitation of the building was carried out in 2001 on the initiative of Givi Khandareli and Tamaz Nutsubidze, and with the support of the World Bank. An additional floor of the building was set aside for the collection and the Tapestry Museum was founded there. For many years, this museum was headed by its initiators.
There is a separate small exhibition venue for the “Academy+” gallery of the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts on the ground floor of the Tapestry Museum. This gallery is mainly oriented towards contemporary media. This venue is also used for conceptual projects that are by their nature ‘actions’. The “Free Space” project of the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts is realized in this venue. It aims to foster the development of contemporary visual arts and means, in the case of interesting initiatives, freeing the artist and curator from gallery limitations.