The Tbilisi State Academy of Arts possesses several exhibition spaces, where various types of exhibitions, actions and presentations and workshops are carried out (in accordance with the gallery specifics). Large-scale exhibitions are conducted in the Big Exhibition Hall, which is located in the Academy historical building. Its exhibition space has been repaired with support of TBC Bank and was opened in a renovated form in February 2010. The total area of the Big Exhibition Hall is 320 square meters (40m x 8m). This Hall is equipped with heating and air-
conditioning systems, a modern lightening system corresponding to museum and gallery standards, as well as a projectors and a sound amplification equipment.
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The Big Exhibition Hall
In 2009 the gallery “Academy Hall” was opened in the same building with the support of “The NATO Information Center”. This gallery carries out mainly small-size exhibitions and projects of an informational and presentational character, in-house academic exhibitions, and art-actions. The total area of this venue is 150 square meters.
In 1981 a creative laboratory of the Chair of Textiles was established in the building located at 19 Chardin Street, where Course and Diploma works (tapestries, carpets and rugs) were realized. 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 allocated for the collection and the Tapestry Museum was founded. For many years the museum was managed by its initiators.
A separate small exhibition space is allocated for the gallery “Academy+” of the Academy of Arts on the ground floor of the Tapestry Museum. The main direction of the gallery is contemporary media. This space is used for conceptual projects of action nature. The gallery carries out the project of the Academy of Arts “the Free Space”. The project aims to promote the development of contemporary visual arts.