MATTER is a social practice art space for public events, pop-ups, workshops, and exhibitions.

Upcoming Events @ MATTER

811 East Burnside #124
Portland, OR 97214

Tues-Fri 12-6 & by appointment
First Friday, monthly

Here to Stay: An Artist Book Fair

Nov 2nd      |       5 pm – 9 pm         |        Opening reception with DJ FOOLISH THINGS
Nov 3rd       |        11 am – 5 pm       |        Exhibition & Book Sales
Nov 4th       |        11 pm – 5 pm       |        Workshop, Exhibition & Book Sales


SUN Nov 4th
11-12:30pm        |       Laparello Bookmaking Workshop tickets are available here.

1-2pm                  |       Full Moon Tea tasting and meditation with artist Chelsea Wills

RSVP on Facebook to get updates on vendors and events!

Featuring work produced and curated by... 

Cuneiform Press (Austin, TX)

Eberhardt Press (Portland, OR)

Justseeds Artists' Cooperative (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

Signal Fire (Portland, OR)

Chelsea Wills (Bay Area)

Breather Editions (Portland, OR)

Diane Jacobs (Portland, OR)

Barb Tetenbaum (Portland, OR)

And more!



Past Events

We think education is a vital part of a cultural space and are excited to offer classes and workshops!

MATTER is now partnering with Portland Underground Grad School and Portland Parks and Recreation to become a learning space for classes on the intersection between art, work, and life. Check back for listings.

Cultural Capitol Launch Party
March 2, 2018       |        5 pm – 8 pm

Cultural Capitol is a project creating conversation about the relationship between the housing market and art.


Let's Talk About Sexual Healing
Fri, January 12, 2018       |        6 PM – 9 PM PST
Facilitator: Renee Sills
Panelists: Eva Blake, Leidi Monte, Ngozi Olemgbe
Let’s Talk About Sexual Healing... a dynamic panel discussion and Q&A promoting open conversation on sex culture, education, health, desire, consent, relationships, gender, body image, the sex-positive movement and more, in a stigma-free environment. Part of the Means of Exchange Series


ART/LIFE PRACTICE: Approaches to Nonmonogamy
Thurs, January 18, 2018       |        7 PM – 9 PM PST
Facilitators: Erica Thomas & Renee Sills
Are you new to, or curious about, nonmonogamous relationships?
Bring your questions. We’ll workshop emotional, physical and logistical approaches to cultivating healthy and ethical nonmonogamous relationships.


On Time: Publication Release Party 
Dec 12, 2017       |        5 pm – 8 pm

Release party for On Time, a publication in which 12 women and non-binary Portland artists respond the concept of "time." With respect to the original "xerox book" of 1968
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: Sarah Farahat, Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, Emily Fitzgerald, Ariana Jacob, Lisa Jarrett, Brandi Kruse, Lauren Moran, Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Kelly Rauer, Renee Sills, Erica Thomas, Taryn Tomasello


Stranger Bird: Book Release Party 
Nov 3, 2017       |        5 pm – 8 pm

Release party for Stranger Bird, the debut novel by Portland-based author Joe Pitkin. FREE and open to the public.

artist residencies

We bring selected artists to MATTER for artist residencies and we do artist residencies in the community, at businesses and public places worldwide.