One of Melbourne's oldest artist-run galleries. Time Out interviews Danny Lacy, the gallery’s director about keeping the space thriving in its 20th year

Danny, what does West Space offer Melbourne's art world?
West Space is committed to supporting artists, and offering a space for experimentation and exploration. We still offer a large peer-assessed application-based program, which allows for a diverse and dynamic program. From humble beginnings back in Footscray in 1993, West Space has become a driving force in the Melbourne art world.

Since you took on the role of director in July 2012, how have you made your mark?
I‘m thrilled to be at the helm of one of Australia’s leading artist-led contemporary art spaces that is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. West Space will remain critically engaged, increase its networks both nationally and internationally, and build sustainability through initiatives such as our new Patrons Program.

Would prefer to have the superpower of flight or invisibility?
Flight. Anyone can pretend to be invisible, but to fly would be awesome! No traffic jams or waiting at the airport. Perfect!

What’s happening in May?
A great mix of emerging artists and artistic practices will be on display. We also have Japanese artist Risa Sato undertaking an exciting exchange project with us. We'll be preparing for our Annual Fundraiser (June 12-15 ) which features work for sale by over 120 artists.

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Address
Lvl 1
225 Bourke St

Melbourne 3000

Transport
Nearby Stations: Flinders St; Melbourne Central; Parliament

Telephone 03 9662 3297

Price FREE

Open Tue-Sat noon-6pm

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