Westside Galleries

Take a trip through western suburbs and explore the art spaces across the Westside.

This is an image a photo of an exhibition at FCAC called Blak to the Future III. It features brighly coloured wall drawings with an Aboriginal Flag, figures and abstract shapes. In the foreground is an instalation of yellow struts crossing each other forming diamond shapes and several canvases with diamonds painted on them.

The arts and cultural industries have been hard hit during these last two years.
Some spaces have closed for good, other spaces have moved homes and some have gone online.   


As galleries and art spaces reopen, now is a great time to reacquaint ourselves with art and culture and show galleries and artists some love.  

We take a look at independent, public, not-for-profit, artist-run initiatives and council galleries across Melbourne.

 

Westside 

With several spaces such as Footscray Community Arts located along the banks of the Maribyrnong, the arts in the west take over an incredible range of multi functional buildings and grounds such as an old incinerator, pipe makers factory and substation. Jump on a bike and gallery hop from Incinerator Gallery to Melbourne's Living Museum of the West to Footscray Community Arts Centre. Exploring art in west will definitely give you an opportunity to explore unique architecture, landscape and history as well as art experiences.

 

Aberfeldie

This image is a photo of Cyrus Tang's installation for her exhibition Sky Orchestra in the main gallery.

Incinerator Gallery

What: Incinerator Gallery is your community gallery located by the scenic Maribyrnong River. Showcasing a diverse range of solo and group exhibitions, which will delight and challenge  audiences as they explore new and fresh perspectives on contemporary art and life.

When: Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm 

Where: 180 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie

 

 

Footscray

The carpark and entrance of Footscray Community Arts featuring  murals by Emma Coulter and Brook Andrew.

Footscray Community Arts

What: Footscray Community Arts is home to gallery and performance spaces and art studios. I hosts many exhibitions, festivals, residencies and workshops. Originally named Footscray Community Arts Centre, was established in 1974 by artists, unionists and other community activists with a clear agenda of access for all. This group of founders successfully advocated for state and federal funding to establish an arts centre responsive to the social and cultural needs of Footscray’s marginalised and disadvantaged communities. 

When: Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 4pm.

Where: 45 Moreland St, Footscray.

 

Image: An install shot of an exhibition at FIVE WALLS featuring Kerrie Polliness and Melinda Harper.

Five Walls

What : FIVE WALLS is an independent artist-run space located in Melbourne’s inner western suburb of Footscray.  FIVE WALLS occupies a converted 1960’s office building, and provides FIVE exhibition spaces: four internal galleries and a series of external Light boxes.

When: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm

Where: 1/119 Hopkins St, Footscray.

 

 

A performance still of two performers in a pale pink, smokey room. One performer stands at a synthesiser, playing. The other performer is dancing within the space. both performers are silhouetted. Two lights sit on the floor against the wall.

Trocadero Art Space

What: Trocadero Art Space is an artist-run initiative presenting a diverse and experimental program of exhibitions and events. A non-profit art space run by volunteers, Trocadero strives to provide a safe and engaging environment for artists to exhibit in, develop from, and contribute to the Maribyrnong community. Having established in 2005, Trocadero Art Space is run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers. After 17 years in the one location, the committee decided to move their projects online, whilst looking for a more accessible home. Definitely one to keep an eye on for future IRL visits.

When: Anytime

Where: Currently operating online - visit the website to explore projects and keep updated for the new premises location within the local area.

 

Maribyrnong

This image is a colour photo of the entrance to Melbourne's Museum of the West. To the left is a shipping container with the word open in white against a black background, and a red triangle with circle in the middle. To the right is the white facade of Melbourne's Living Museum of the West.

Melbourne's Living Museum of the West

What: Australia's first ecomuseum, Melboune's Living Museum of the West is a community museum, operating in the western region of Melbourne. Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West is a community Museum which actively involves the people of Melbourne’s West and others in documenting, preserving and interpreting the richness and depth of the region’s social, industrial and environmental history. Research and community projects take place across the spaces including contemporary art and history projects. 

When: Thursday - Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.

Where: Bluestone Buildings, Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue, Maribyrnong.

 

Newport

This image is a colour photo of a gathering of people outside the entrance to the Substation.

The SUBSTATION

What: The SUBSTATION is a not-for-profit multi arts centre located in a 100-year-old repurposed, industrial building. The SUBSTATION presents an annual curated program of creative development, residencies and presentation. Engaging with artists from across artistic disciplines, working in non-traditional modes and across art-forms, The SUBSTATION provides the opportunity for artists and audiences to connect with our unique space and the distinctive location of Newport.

When: Wednesday – Saturday 12–6pm, Friday 12 – 8pm

Where: 1 Market Street, Newport

 

St Albans

Image: The exterior of the Bowery Theatre at night.

The Bowery Gallery

What: The Bowery Gallery is located in the heart of St Albans at the St Albans Community Centre and Bowery Theatre, as part of Brimbank City Council. The gallery supports established and emerging artists across a range of mediums. 

When: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 12:30pm.

Where: St Albans Community Centre, Level 1, 33 Princess Street, St Albans.

 

 

Sunshine

Image: A projection work by artist Ash Coates.

Brimbank Projection Space

What: In a Brimbank first, an outside gallery for projecting artworks has been established as part of the Light up Sunshine project.

When: From 7pm all evenings.

Where: Brimbank Community & Civic Centre in Sunshine, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, (rear wall).

 

 

Image: The colourful shopfront of Sunshine Art Space.

Sunshine Art Space Gallery

What: Sunshine Art Spaces has been operating since June 2012 as an artists run space. The gallery has two studios behind it. Sunshine Art Spaces is about revitalising, stimulating and activating the arts and artists in the Sunshine Town Centre.

When: See website for open times.

Where: 2 City Place, Sunshine.

 

Werribee

A gathering of people outside the entrance of Wyndham Cultural Centre.

Wyndham Art Gallery

What: Wyndham Art Gallery’s exhibition program is curated to reflect the diverse social and cultural character that makes up the Wyndham community, while inviting the viewer to explore new and challenging ideas.

When: Monday – Friday 9am -4:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am -4pm

Where: 177 Watton Street, Werribee