Mcraeandvale (Donna McRae and Michael Vale), “The Innocents,” 2011. Exhibition view at West Space, Melbourne. Courtesy West Space
West Space is a nonprofit, artist-led organization that supports the activities of artists within a critical context. Its programming foregrounds engaged artistic practice that is challenging, experimental, exploratory, and diverse.
West Space has developed a unique identity among Australian arts organizations. 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 organization that is run by artists, it is fully engaged with the multiplicity of practices that artists embrace. 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 such as West Space, because of the dynamic communication and artistic freedom that they offer.