The Active Space

The ACTIVE SPACE is a pro­gres­sive arts cen­ter in the fast grow­ing com­mu­nity of Bush­wick, Brook­lyn. Once a feather factory, this three story 100 year old building was completely gutted to become the new home to thirty seven artists’ studios as well as a new 1600 sf Art Gallery. The Active Space is a green and secure building comprised of affordable, well lit, high ceiling, clean, private studios - designed specifically for serious artists to advance their craft and careers.

The configuration, design, amenities and general feel of the studios and building truly provide those elements most important for promoting the creative environment in which our members thrive.

The ACTIVE SPACE has become known for this pleasant and peaceful environment, free of distractions and imbued with a strong sense of community and camaraderie of our members. Community is paramount within the ACTIVE SPACE and is what sets this venue apart from other buildings housing artist studios. Artist work within the privacy of their own studios but are afforded the opportunity to collaborate with one another as well as exhibit and plan shows within the space.


The ACTIVE SPACE provides a nurturing environment for working artists who rent individual studio spaces. To ensure both high quality work and professional commitment, artists are juried through a supported application and review process. The goal of the space is to provide artists with an exciting, thought-provoking creative environment. Selected artists participate in open studios and other events sharing our process with the greater community of Bushwick.

Free WiFi access
Each studio is private with own locks and keys.
24/7 access and plenty of on street parking.
One year leases.
Freight elevator access.
Large communal sinks on each floor.
Storage space available.
Access to large dumpsters.
Electronic key card access to main entrance.


To apply email a single PDF document (lastname.first.pdf) with 10 work samples, artist’s statement and CV to

This process is to make sure that prospective artists are a good match for the space and our community.





Opening Reception: May 28th 7-10pm

On view through June 14th


including open studios from the exhibiting artists

The Active Space

566 Johnson Ave

Brooklyn, Ny 11237


REACTIVATOR is a group survey of the past and current building residence at The Active Space and their affiliates. For over 7 years, this building has welcomed artists from all stages of their creative pursuits.


Common belief holds that an artist’s role is to interpret their surroundings; these artists navigate the exterior landscape of their studio building, taking in and absorbing the environment that is then reflected in the strategies utilized in their process. There are works that envelop the entire 1,600 sqft space, such as “1989” by collaborative group Vydavy, to works that require a close eye for hidden detail found in “Cups“ by Rachel Grobstein.  Not shy of scale, many of the artists create work that stretches the limits of their studio walls. Ben Prichard, Theresa Daddezio, Sebastian Vallejo, Matt Miller, Joe Bochynski, and Ashley Zelinskie test these architectural limits through the physicality and material play demonstrated in their objects. Regardless of size, these objects possess intricacies that are devised through this intimate spatial relationship.


Although these artists often create in isolation, it is always within context of and in conversation with their community in this building.  REACTIVATOR continues the active engagement of these artists between each other and the Bushwick landscape.


Participating artists:


    Inna Babaeva            Erin Hinz            Ivan Rivera

Leah Beeferman        Clemens Klinkert        Phillip Stearns

Christian Berman        Lilian Kreutzberger        Ross Tibbles

Joe Bochysnski        Andria Morales        Joanne Ungar                    Dave Choi            Brian Matthew        Sebastian Vallejo                Theresa Daddezio        Matt Miller            Vydavy, Micha Sklar & Zhenya Plechkina

Stacy Fisher            Andrew Prayzner        Ashley Zelinskie                Nick Greenwald        Ben Prichard            

Rachel Grobstein        Elizabeth Riley        

Jen Hitchings             Rebecca Norton




Announcing NEW STUDIOS!

We are opening a second location in Richmond Hill !

 132-02 89th Ave.  Richmond Hill NY 11418


Jamaica Ave – Van Wyck Exp. Station – E Train

Close to LIRR Jamaica Station

Minutes to Bklyn and Manhattan by car via Van Wyck Expressway.

rent per sq ft Very affordable. 

first, last, security? First month rent and two months security due at lease signing.

Include: heat, electric, water, Verizon Fios high speed internet access, common area cleaning and maintenance.

13 ft ceilings, excellent wall space, fire proof and sprinklered building, all new oversized energy efficient windows providing excellent natural light, loading area featuring Heavy Duty ramp as well as truck loading dock, huge freight elevator, all new plumbing, excellent true color efficient lighting, Solar Powered GREEN building, new ADA accessible bathrooms, floor load capacity to accommodate any usage, oversized 36” wide solid-core studio doors with deadbolt locks, Intercom security system, 1 block to restaurants - take out 

Rent off the plan and reserve your spot today!


We are currently busy building a new space so we are not accepting show proposals for the gallery at this time.