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West Space West Space is a non-profit artist-led organisation located on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

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Now open in the West Space Window: 'looking out over the board // you can see reflections of algae' by Red Slyme Incubat...
01/06/2022

Now open in the West Space Window: 'looking out over the board // you can see reflections of algae' by Red Slyme Incubator

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Red Slyme Incubator (RSI) looks to develop their ongoing incubation of collaborative non-human interactions and invocations. For ‘looking out over the board // you can see reflections of algae’, RSI look to the honoured, abstract antagonism of chess. Inspired by chess engines – in particular the open-source engine 'Stockfish' – and the interaction between human and non-human in competitive play, RSI find processes of becoming through the shrine-like interactions of jewellery, chess pieces, and a red and green chessboard. This moment of inception is fuelled by the image of Red tide (the discolouring of coastal waters with algae bloom), a rupture within the apparent harmony of nature.

Red Slyme Incubator (RSI) is a collaborative practice between Hannah Hallam-Eames, Samuel Jackson, and Red Algae. RSI utilises strategies of making and installation practice that develops the character of RSI as a single but non-discrete entity.

'looking out over the board // you can see reflections of algae' is supported by The City of Yarra through their Annual Arts Grants.

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red, circular, molecular forms huddle together as if viewed through a microscope

West Space is looking for a dynamic and collaborative Director! More information at the link in our linktree. 🌱🌱West Spa...
31/05/2022

West Space is looking for a dynamic and collaborative Director! More information at the link in our linktree.

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West Space is looking for a dynamic and collaborative Director with a strong artistic vision to lead our team and provide strategic management for our organisation. Reporting to the West Space Board, the Director ensures consistent achievement of our mission, administration and financial objectives. They have responsibility for financial sustainability through income generation, development and partnerships.

The Director will have a track record of delivering innovative programs that advance contemporary artists’ practices. They will have demonstrable experience in successful fundraising and arts management and a strong professional network. They will be passionately committed to expanding West Space’s public reach and reputation through a program that enriches, informs and challenges audiences.

We welcome applications from individuals as sole Director or from two-person teams who propose a job-share arrangement.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, those identifying as LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally diverse communities.

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1] Black text on a pink background ‘West Space is Looking for a new Director!’
2] Black text on a pink background ‘Applications close 5pm, Friday 24 June, 2022’

Underlying everything we do — the commissions, exhibitions, and public programs — is the support of our community.Help u...
20/05/2022

Underlying everything we do — the commissions, exhibitions, and public programs — is the support of our community.

Help us build long-term support systems for artists. This year, West Space needs to raise $30,000 to continue to deliver free programs and support artists. Please consider helping raise our support structures via a monthly or annual donation.

Become a West Space Supporter and make a structural impact on the future of contemporary art. Tax deductible donations start at just $2.

Read more and donate through the link in our bio and stories.

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Artwork by @scorpiopork
Georgia Morgan is an artist based in lutruwita (TAS) inventing her own vernacular architecture, making use of found materials, found stories, and found rituals. Overlaying, photocopying, stacking and mortaring a multilayered present that is thicker than what is real. Morgan draws freely on the local knowledges of the places that she inhabits as well as places she has never been — places that are dreamed, relayed to her in conversation, rumoured, intuited and invented — she reconstructs them anew creating fantastic dioramas that are as reverent to shrines as they are to car parks. Every work is a site specific best poem, a spontaneous readorning of the mundane; transgressive and transformative.

We have a new issue on West Space OFFSITE: 'Favourable Conditions', edited by Sebastian Henry-Jones 🌾This issue reflects...
16/05/2022

We have a new issue on West Space OFFSITE: 'Favourable Conditions', edited by Sebastian Henry-Jones 🌾

This issue reflects on our understanding of 'creativity' under late Capitalism. In the context of continuing cuts to funding for the arts, contributions to 'Favourable Conditions' suggest that it is within our power to create our own spaces within which to live fulfilled as our cultural, social and political selves.

With contributions from Sarah Poulgrain, Jane Polkinghorne, Barbara McGrady, Hana Hoogedeure, Seelan Palay and Arben Dzika

Experience the full issue through the link in our linktree :^)

'Favourable Conditions' has been generously supported by @copyrightagency_

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🐑Join us tomorrow afternoon, Saturday May 14 for the opening of Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Anna Louise Richardson’s ‘Watc...
13/05/2022

🐑Join us tomorrow afternoon, Saturday May 14 for the opening of Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Anna Louise Richardson’s ‘Watching’, 3-5pm! Childcare will be available - please contact [email protected] to register.

🐑Don’t forget to register for ‘Woollen loops, chains and links’, a crochet workshop with Golden Wattle Hookers on Sunday 15 May. Link in our linktree.

🐑Following the workshop on Sunday, Abdul-Rahman and Anna will be doing a talk for kids at 2:30 - all welcome.

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Image description: Abdul-Rahman, Anna, their three children, and Jill and Holly from Golden Wattle Hookers pose for a group photo in front of one of the works in their exhibition, a wallpaper image of a forest.

In conjunction with Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Anna Louise Richardson's major commission with West Space titled ‘Watching...
10/05/2022

In conjunction with Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Anna Louise Richardson's major commission with West Space titled ‘Watching’, West Space is pleased to present ‘Woollen loops, chains and links’ a workshop with mother and daughter team the Golden Wattle Hookers]

Sunday 15 May, 11am -2pm. Head to the link in our linktree to register!

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Families and individuals are invited to attend Woollen loops, chains and links, a crochet workshop with Jill Paynter-O'Meehan and Holly O'Meehan of Golden Wattle Hookers. Perfect for beginners, you will learn a collection of basic stitches to create your very own crocheted pouch to take home.

This workshop costs $15 to attend, which covers the cost of materials.

This program is supported by The City of Yarra.

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Photo: Carol Duncan

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Two smiling women sit on a couch in a brightly lit room. They are knitting, and are surrounded by baskets of twine and needles.

Don’t miss Tarik Ahlip’s first short film, Paradise, now showing at West Space until Sunday 1 May.To celebrate the final...
28/04/2022

Don’t miss Tarik Ahlip’s first short film, Paradise, now showing at West Space until Sunday 1 May.

To celebrate the final weekend of the show, we’ll be hosting a discussion on Saturday 30th April between Tarik, Lara Chamas and Samira Farah. Please join us from 3pm to watch the film and listen to Tarik, Lara and Samira discuss themes explored within the film including faith, beauty, violence, memory, and the Islamic migrant experience.

Register your attendance via the link in our bio.

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Image: Tarik Ahlip, Paradise, 2022. Photo by @janellelow_
Image description: a darkened gallery with rows of chairs positioned in front of a projected image of large boulders.

Program: ‘Paradise, Beauty and Violence: Tarik Ahlip and Lara Chamas in conversation with Samira Farah’ Saturday, April ...
20/04/2022

Program: ‘Paradise, Beauty and Violence: Tarik Ahlip and Lara Chamas in conversation with Samira Farah’
Saturday, April 30, 3-4pm
West Space, Collingwood Yards

Click the link in our linktree for more information and to register your attendance
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To celebrate the final weekend of ‘Paradise’, West Space is thrilled to present an in-conversation between Tarik Ahlip and artist Lara Chamas, facilitated by Samira Farah.
Taking inspiration from the bodies of work of these two artists, their overlapping interests and experiences, this conversation will unpack themes explored within ‘Paradise’ around faith, beauty, violence, memory and the Islamic migrant experience as it occurs here in Australia.

Tarik Ahlip works across sculpture, film, verse and sound; his practice considers poetics as capable of driving epistemic change.

Lara Chamas is a Lebanese, Australian artist, based in Naarm. fleeing from civil war, her parents migrated to Australia, where she was born. Her practice investigates topics of postcolonial and migrant narratives within the context of her cultural identity. Through the use of narrative and experience documentation, storytelling, transgenerational trauma and memory and tacit knowledge; her research intends to explore links and meeting points between narrative theory, cultural practice, current political and societal tensions, and the body as a political vessel.

Samira Farah is an independent art producer and radio presenter from Sydney. She got her start in radio back in 2014 with activist community radio station 3CR and has never shaken the radio bug.

This program is supported by City of Yarra through their annual arts grant

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Images:
[1] Film still from Paradise, by Tarik Ahlip
[2] Lara Chamas, The entrance to Paradise lies in your mother's hands, 2021. Installation at Gertrude Contemporary. Photograph: Christian Capurro

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[1] a golden yellow circle, radiating lines from its centre. It looks like a piece of architecture
[2] A grey platform with grapes, figs, prunes, olives and other objects on it. They look like they could be made of wax

West Space will be closed from Friday 15th April, re-opening on Wednesday 20th April 🐣Image: “Rabbit” by Matilda Davis, ...
13/04/2022

West Space will be closed from Friday 15th April, re-opening on Wednesday 20th April 🐣

Image: “Rabbit” by Matilda Davis, a West Space fundraising edition. Available to purchase through the West Space shop.

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Image description: a soft sculpture of a rabbit, held together with bright orange hand stitching. The fabric has painted shapes in purple, beige and brown colours. The rabbit has a love heart shaped button for an eye.

Isabella Hone-Saunders and Sebastian Henry-Jones have each written an essay to accompany their curated program ‘to liste...
25/03/2022

Isabella Hone-Saunders and Sebastian Henry-Jones have each written an essay to accompany their curated program ‘to listen, not to preserve’, happening tomorrow, Saturday 26th. Head to West Space Offsite through the link in our linktree to read these texts and a full schedule of tomorrow’s events.

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1: black text on a light blue background that says ‘Isabella Hone-Saunders / And Seb started thinking about the birds’
2. Black text on light blue background that says ‘The archive embraces its own decay. Evidence left of floods, of possums, of pages being eaten by silverfish and systems evading other systems. We consider non-hierarchical possibilities of governing. An ecomuseum.’
3: Black text on light blue background that says ‘Sebastian Henry-Jones / How do we find each other in the dark?*
4: Black text on light blue background that says ‘The national narrative of ‘Australia’ has been shaped by unique histories of documentation, identification, surveillance and control, whether that be of First Nations people and their lands, of migrant communities and individuals looking to make new lives here, or of those with different experiences of gender and sexuality. The global colonial project employs methods of naming and categorisation as forms of ownership. Under the branches of science and anthropology, then in the interests of national security, nothing here has been allowed to remain hidden from imperial authorities’

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Megan Cope's 'Age of Entitlement' currently features on West Space Offsite, a digital platform for publishing artist-led content. "'Age of Entitlement' (2016) sits inside the text on the painting that, at first glance, says ‘Age of Enlightenment’. The map is Captain Cook’s map of discoveries from the period that the West refers to as the ‘Age of Enlightenment.’ For everyone else in the non-Western world, this era brought terror, dispossession, genocide, and the beginning of the apocalypse, hence the play on words – Age of Entitlement." – Megan Cope Her work is part of 'A border can have no boundaries' edited by Tahmina Maskinyar & Talia Smith. For more information, go to: https://offsite.westspace.org.au/work/age-of-entitlement/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image: Megan Cope, Age of Entitlement, 2016. Acrylic on giclée map of Cook’s Discoveries, 134 x 180 cm.
Our friends West Space are having a party and we will be at Hope Street Radio in the Collingwood Yards Courtyard from 8-11pm. We will be showcasing projections throughout the night by artists Zoe Mars, Eric Jong and Lina Buck. You are not required to RSVP to attend the party, though all attendees will need to show proof of double vaccination. This event is supported by the Yarra City Council through its Annual Grants Program Image one: New Metro by Zoe Mars. Image courtesy of the artist. Image two: Through a LiDAR sparsely by Eric Jong. Image courtesy of the artist. Image three: Each Other by Lina Buck. Image courtesy of the artist. #poweredbylupa Lūpa #epson Epson #projectionart #collingwoodyards #centreforprojectionart
Come join us for a celebration! Collingwood Yards tenants West Space, Centre for Projection Art and Collingwood Neighbourhood House are throwing an end of year party, and all are welcome! Tuesday 14 December, 8-11pm, at Hope Street Radio and Collingwood Yards (Courtyard). No RSVP required, all attendees will need to show proof of double vaccination. . Lucrecia Quintanilla and Samira Farah will be behind the decks of the General Feelings Soundsystem, with Lulu and Samira bringing together a selection of guest DJs. Lifelong Collingwood resident and passionate community advocate Joshua Tavares will be performing alongside other special guests. . We will host projections across the Collingwood Yards campus including New Metro by Zoe Mars as featured in Gertrude Street Projection Festival online. . This end of year celebration is supported by the City of Yarra through its Annual Grants program. . Image: New Metro by Zoe Mars 📸 Lauren Dunn Featured in GSPF21 . #gspf2021 #cityofyarra #yarracityarts #projectionart #publicart #poweredbylupa #epson Yarra City Council Lūpa Epson
We are honoured to be presenting partners for Patrina Munuŋgurr’s newly commissioned, immersive video work ‘Warwuyun Gurra Wanga'wu’ (Sorrow for Home) open now at West Space ‘Warwuyun Gurra Wanga'wu’ (Sorrow for Home) brings together footage filmed by Munuŋggurr in Yirrkala and Wandawuy, tied together through a recording she made of her last phone call home, translated from her native Dhuwaya language into English. It is a sorrowful love letter sent home from a foreign place, from which the artist can’t return because of circumstances beyond her control . Documentation by Janelle Low . The Mulka Project Collingwood Yards #agencyprojects Yarra City Council Creative Victoria Australia Council for the Arts Epson Lūpa #epsonaust #poweredbylupa #besenfamilyfoundation
‘The art world appropriation of Blak aesthetics, lifeways, and languages without proper engagement with Blak people included, for Neika and I, the use of decolonisation as a visual rhetoric and a theoretical signifier.’ — Maddee Clark Maddee Clark reflects on his time as a former co-Editor for Un Magazine's 12.1 decolonisation issue (2018). Critiquing the use of 'decolonisation' and anti-racism discourse that has become prevalent in the art world, Clark reflects on the way that the local arts scene models anti-colonial virtue without properly interrogating the origins of colonial wealth, or the material conditions of the art world itself. This essay will be featured in Liquid Architecture, Bus Projects and West Space's forthcoming printed publication, the disorganising Workbook. Parts of this essay will also be published in a book titled 'Art Writing in Crisis' (2021) edited by Brad Haylock and Megan Patty for Sternberg Press. Read the full essay on the disorganising website, http://disorganising.co/the-crisis-of-decolonising-the-arts
Patrina Munuŋggurr's newly commissioned video work Warwuyun Gurra Wanga'wu (Sorrow for Home) opens at West Space in Collingwood Yards from November 13 - January 9. . “Now I am speaking Recording my words through the telephone Because I have been gone a long time From my home My work My people” - Patrina Munuŋgurr. . Warwuyun Gurra Wanga'wu (Sorrow for Home) is produced in partnership with @mulkaProject and presented in partnership with Centre for Projection Art and Agency Projects. . Funded by Besen Family Foundation, @yarracitycouncil, @CreativeVictoria, @auscouncilarts . Image: Patrina Munuŋggurr, Warwuyun Gurra Wanga'wu (Sorrow for Home), 2021. Image courtesy of the artist. . #poweredbylupa #epson Lūpa Epson #collingwoodyards #besenfamilyfoundation #westspace #creativevictoria #besenfamilyfoundation
Looking forward Sophia Cai and West Space! Excited to have Sophia working with us as part of #MakingGood and as a guest curator in 2022. More details soon.
Timmah Ball worked with us at Liquid Architecture, Bus Projects and West Space on our project disorganising, to produce a playful 'poetic experiment in anti-development'. Timmah pokes at being an artist in urban creative spaces and the art’s role in gentrification. ‘Disorganising the General Residential Zone’ will be featured in disorganising's forthcoming publication ‘Workbook’. Have a read of Timmah's full work on disorganising's website, http://disorganising.co/disorganising-the-general-residential-zone Collage by Timmah Ball. Photo edited by Alex Margetić and Zenobia Ahmed.
West Space, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Para Site, and Western Front present The Region, dialogues on the power and precarity of artist self-organisation in the Asia-Pacific. September 22–October 1, 2021 #WestSpace #EnjoyContemporaryArtSpace #ParaSite #WesternFront More info: e-flux.com/announcements/416137/
The Region: dialogues on the power and precarity of artist self-organisation in the Asia-Pacific is co-created by West Space (Australia), Para Site (Hong Kong), Enjoy Contemporary Art Space (Aotearoa) and Western Front (Canada), and co-facilitated by CAST research group, School of Art, RMIT University (Australia). Read more and register on the West Space website, https://westspace.org.au/event/19518/the-region Across five sessions and over two weeks, The Region will host upwards of 15 speakers to generate discussion, peer exchange and intercultural dialogue regarding independent, artists’ self organisation, contemporary curating and cultural production in the Asia-Pacific Region. Co-created and presented by four of the longest-standing arts organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, The Region is a digital symposium that examines pressing questions of power and precarity, with a focus on artist self-organisation. The symposium will consider the objectives, freedoms and responsibilities of small institutions as they exist across contemporary contexts of urban gentrification and Western hegemony, whose shared futures are informed by local and specific histories, and which are expressed today through new forms of curating and collectivity. Design by Nina M Gibbes and Zenobia Ahmed
🌟 Nominations now open 🌟 We’re looking for #EverydayHeroes in the following categories: ⚡️Citizen of the Year ⚡️ Young Citizen of the Year ⚡️ Community Initiative of the Year ⚡️ Contributions to Arts ⚡️ Contributions to Heritage ⚡️ Contributions to Sport ⚡️ Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion ⚡️ Community Spirit - supporting community recovery and resilience during Covid-19 Details on nominating: https://bit.ly/3rZCqGt Collingwood Yards Abbotsford Convent Collingwood Neighbourhood House (Official) BANH Neighbourhood Houses North Carlton Railway Neighbourhood House Holden Street Neighbourhood House cohealth North Richmond Community Health Collingwood Toy Library Richmond Toy Library Collingwood Children's Farm Fitzroy Residents' Association Inc The Social Studio Liquid Architecture Centre for Contemporary Photography West Space Bus Projects Alphington Community Centre Richmond Women's
A reminder that this is the final week to visit our current projects by Snack Syndicate, Madeline Bishop, Corinna Berndt, Claudia Van Eeden & Caspar Connolly! These exhibitions continue until 4pm Saturday 17th July so get on down to Collingwood Yards and also enjoy the newly opened West Space exhibition “We get in touch with things at the point they break down // Even in the absence of spectators and audiences, dust circulates...” by Fayen d’Evie with collaborators, contributors, and West Space community. Image: exhibition view of Supply Chain by ‘Snack Syndicate’. Photograph by Christo Crocker.