Arts West asks local candidates about their vision for Arts in the West.

Jodie Kinnersley

Arts West have invited nine candidates running within the Western Metro in the upcoming Victorian state election region to our Western Metro Arts and Culture Forum held at The Substation 18 October. The candidates are drawn from Labor, the Greens, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, the Animal Justice Party and Reason. None of the candidates are their party’s arts portfolio holders and most are not currently elected representatives. We have invited them to share their vision for arts and culture in the west and to meet artists and arts workers to understand our needs and what we are collectively achieving within our communities in the west.

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Arts West Letter to local MPs in the lead up to the Victorian State Elections

Dear Minister Finn,

We are collectively writing to you as Arts West, a unique alliance of arts organisations and independent artists who together reflect the exciting, vibrant and ever-expanding arts and culture thriving in Melbourne’s west. Consisting of The SUBSTATION, Snuff Puppets, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Women’s Circus, cohealth Arts Generator, Western Edge Youth Arts and 100 Story Building, Arts West collectively delivers the bulk of arts and cultural activities and engagement throughout Melbourne’s west. Through deep, historical connections, Arts West has an extensive and diverse reach, providing cultural services to over 200,000 people annually.

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VOTE FOR ARTS WEST: Building a stronger Artistic community in the West

Arts West will presenting a suite of Professional Development opportunities for Artists in 2019.

Arts West are raising funds for a suite of professional development workshops in 2019 that will ensure artists are provided with a broad range of opportunities to develop their artistic practice. If you live in the West (within a 5km radius of Footscray) We need your vote!

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The art of collaboration

Jessica Tran, Arts Hub,

Collaboration, like innovation, is a concept frequently invoked but not often defined. In Australia’s small to medium arts sector, the idea of collaboration is encouraged and supported by major funding bodies, investors and organisations, who see it as a mechanism for more efficient use of limited resources and increased impact. But these collaborations are often project oriented, output focused and finite.

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Arts West response to the Creative Victoria discussion paper

Arts West response to the Creative Victoria discussion paper.
Creative Industries Strategy – Let's get creative about Victoria's future
Arts West consists of eight arts and cultural small to medium sized organisations, including 100 Story Building, Big West Festival, cohealth arts generator, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Snuff Puppets, The Substation, Western Edge Youth Arts and Women’s Circus.

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Arts West Launches Using Ethnic Media To Find New Audiences

Fotis Kapetopoulos, Daily Review

What I like to think of as a unique ‘evolution’ in arts management and marketing was recently launched with the announcement of Arts West — an alliance of nine community arts organisations in Melbourne’s west that are pooling resources, staffing and expertise to create what is hoped will be a model for the rest of the country.

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New alliance Arts West launched, aims to engage with diverse communities and build audiences

Bridie Byrne, Maribyrnong Leader

THE arts community in the west has come together for the first time to cement their place among Melbourne’s arts scene.

Arts West will see nine arts organisations sharing marketing and professional development activities with the aim of collectively raising their profile, building audiences and expanding commercial opportunities.

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Arts West launched in Footscray

Kassahun Seboqa, SBS Amharic

The Minster of Arts, Heidi Victoria launched Arts West on July 16, 2014 at the Footscray Art Centre. Arts West is an unique model of nine arts organisations in Melbournes west sharing marketing, professional and diverse audience development activities with the aim of collectively raising their profile, building audiences and expanding commercial opportunities. 

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Arts West to promote the arts to multicultural communities

John Pyrros, Neos Kosmos

“It is fantastic to see a group of organisations banding together to proactively seek out new opportunities, tackle common issues and build sustainability. While the Arts West organisations are all very different, they share an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on presenting the best art and contributing to the community,” says Victorian Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria.

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Sasha, BUSET

Pertengahan Juli 2014 BUSET diundang ke Footscray Community Arts Centre untuk menghadiri acara launching Arts West, yaitu penggabungan dari sembilan organisasi kesenian di bagian barat Melbourne metropolitan area, dalam hal marketing, profesionalisme dan keaneka-ragaman penganutnya. Hal ini bertujuan untuk secara bersamaan menaikkan profil mereka, menyediakan wadah yang semakin luas bagi para peminat dan pengamat seni serta memperluas kesempatan para artis secara komersial.

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Is the Arts West alliance the way of the future?

Richard Watts, ARTS HUB

Established in January 2014 and funded by Arts Victoria, Arts West is a two year, $100,000 pilot program designed to support a collaborative approach to marketing, audience development and capacity building among nine arts organisations based in Melbourne’s western suburbs: Big West Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre,Barkly Arts Centre, the Women's Circus, The Substation, Western Edge Youth Arts, Snuff Puppets, Ausdance, and 100 Story Building.

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