March 17, 2005

PUBLISHING | Westspace, Melbourne

West Space is an artist run space in Melbourne and has demonstrated consistent commitment to small-scale specialist arts publishing. Publishing is an important means for artists to extend discussions around their ideas and work.

Publications like Space Traffic (2002), Artists Talk (2000), and Artists/ Artist Run Spaces (1997 and 2003), illuminate and chronicle the political and social dimensions surrounding art practice. Other publications (e.g. Gating CD (2002), Office of Utopic Procedures Book, 2002, OCEM, 2003) are published in tandem with major West Space Projects, providing an ongoing record and widely distributed documents. West Space received two Museums Australia 2003 Publication Design Awards for its publications ‘The Office of Utopic Procedures’ (2002) and ‘Harmonia’ CD publication (2000).

The gallery provides for the display and storage of around 150 different publications. It focusses on independent material produced by artists or artists' organisations and provides an opportunity for artists to present their self-published material whithin a mutually supportive environment. Publications available for sale include books, zines, magazines, CDs, CDRs, CD-Roms, cassettes and records.