West Space started the year I moved to Melbourne, not that I knew it at the time. The first time I visited must have been in 1997 or 1998. I was an undergrad graphic design student assisting a friend with a work for a show. I’m misremembering it, but the building itself seemed like a relic or monument, sitting in a tilled field. Standing alone in an unlikely and precarious manner for something important. 15 or so years since I first visited, this still seems to be the case. In quite different circumstances, West Space is charting a new path, something different to its ARI roots, but nonetheless important.