The island6 Arts Center gallery space covers 823 sqm and is one of the biggest gallery spaces in m50. It provides artists with more than 400 sqm of exhibition space, is open daily to the public, and is suitable to display artwork of any medium, including video projections, life performances, and large installations. Themed exhibitions are featured regularly by the in-house artists Liu Dao and curated by internal or global art directors. The space itself once belonged to a textile factory before abandonment by Zhou-family merchants and subsequent renovation by French architect Philippe Diani. On August 2008, the space was once again rehabilitated by Taiwanese architects Zheng Guoyang and Kang Jingfan. In December 2010, Thomas Charvériat designed a two-storey glass office to serve in the center where the directors, programmers, interns, volunteers and artists brainstorm.
In addition to the main gallery space in M50, island6 operates four additional gallery spaces. island6 Hong Kong was established in Hong Kong’s historic Sheung Wan district in summer 2012, joining a burgeoning local arts scene. island6 expanded its Shanghai presence in 2013, opening the island6 ShGarden in M50 in the spring, and island6 Bund in the fall of that year. In early 2014, island6 established a gallery in Phuket’s glamorous Royal Phuket Marina, making island6 Marina the fifth gallery operated by the island6 team.