WESTSPACE MOVES INTO THE CBD
Westspace moves into the CBD - Art Collector
|11 July 2011 | Long-running Melbourne artist-run initiative Westspace is moving into new premises in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. |
The new gallery is at Level 1, 225 Bourke Street (near the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets) in a building owned by the City of Melbourne.
Organisers hope the new location will give the ARI a significantly higher profile and also make it more accessible to audiences, ultimately increasing visitor numbers.
The new gallery is also almost twice the size of Westspace’s old gallery on Anthony Street in Melbourne. There are three gallery spaces – a small, medium and large – plus a project space and a forum space for talks and events.
Later in the year, Westpace will also construct a library which will be used for the production of new publications as well as research.
The new Bourke Street gallery will open on 28 July 2011 with exhibitions by Carmen Reid, Taree Mackenzie and Dan Price, plus work by Nick Wadell, Ian Haig and Kotoe Ishii in the project space.
The opening festivities will include a celebratory cake by Hotham Street Ladies, a ribbon cutting ceremony by Hit & Miss and music by Qua. Westspace will also unveil a permanent artwork created by Andy Hutson.
At the same time Westspace will also launch its new website and logo.