West Space is a non-profit artist-led organisation supporting the activities of artists within a critical context. West Space programming foregrounds engaged artistic practice which is challenging, experimental, exploratory, and diverse.
Founded in 1993, West Space has developed a unique identity amongst Australian arts organisations. This reputation has been forged through a sustained belief in the importance of artist-run initiatives to practitioners, audiences and the art industry. As an organisation that is run by artists it is fully engaged with the multiplicity of practices that artists embrace. Importantly, West Space acts as a working model that gives artists direct control over the means and conditions of presenting their work to the public. While many artists exhibiting at West Space are young or emerging, there is also a significant number of established artists that actively choose to exhibit at Artist Run Spaces like West Space because of the dynamic communication and artistic freedom that they offer.
West Space has a minimal staffing structure who report to a Board, made up of a majority of artists. West Space is registered as a not for profit organisation and a tax deductible gift recipient.
West Space is generously assisted by: the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; and the City of Melbourne, through their Arts and Culture department. We would also like to thank The Ian Potter Foundation and the Sidney Myer Foundation for their wonderful support for our organisation.
West Space is a member of CAOs, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia network.