February 4, 2023

Pump Project Relocating to Southeast Austin


Another East Austin arts space is relocating.

After 13 years, Pump Project Art Complex will relocate to a new facility near E. Riverside Dr. and Pleasant Valley Road in Southeast Austin.

Last November, in the middle of the East Austin Studio Tour, the news broke that the property’s owner had listed the building for sale. More than 30 artists have studio space in the sprawling building which has also been home to Pump Project’s own gallery as well as a gallery run by the artist collective ICOSA.

The sale of the bright yellow warehouse at 702 Shade Lane was finalized on May 25, Pump Project director Joshua Green announced in a press release. Pump Project is preparing artists to vacate the building this summer.

“While we are saddened to lose our home of over 13 years, we are excited about the future in our new space,” Green said.

On June 1, Pump will host its last exhibit, “The Door By the Garden,” with an opening scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibit continues through June 23 when a farewell party is schedule.

Pump Project began in 2005 when Green and others leased the 20,000-square-foot wood-beamed 1950s warehouse on Shady Lane off East Seventh St., carving out two-stories of studios.

Beginning in 2015, the organization struggled to make updates to the building after city officials cited several code violations. When the announcement came in November that the building was for sale, Pump Project had just received the necessary building permits to begin the updates as well as a $41,000 grant from the city of Austin’s Art Space Assistance Program, a program developed in response to the Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution which identified affordable space for artists as a priority area of concern.

Green said Pump Project will have to make a formal request to the city in order to make use of the grant monies for the new location. 

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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