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

811 East Burnside #124
Portland, OR 97214

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

Upcoming Events @ MATTER

Coming soon... Spring/Summer Classes at MATTER!

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 beginning in Spring 2018.



Past Events

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.