David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

16 October 2013


Congratulations TEAM WEST SPACE

This news received yesterday :
West Space: rental free for artists in 2014

We are excited to announce that in 2014 West Space will be rental free for exhibiting artists. As an artist led organisation, West Space is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their careers. We strongly believe removing rental fees will allow artists to invest more resources into their art practices and enhance the strong and vibrant artistic culture of West Space.

Through a number of fundraising initiatives such as our recent Melbourne Marathon campaign, our new Patrons Program and our highly anticipated Annual Fundraiser exhibition, West Space has strengthened and diversified its funding capacity. In 2014, West Space will also have the stability of receiving triennial funding from all three levels of Government for the first time after recently securing Arts Victoria Organisational Investment Program funding.

Removing rental fees that artists pay to exhibit has been a long held priority for West Space and we are thrilled to deliver this in 2014.  

Team West Space success at the Melbourne Marathon Festival

After months of training and blanket coverage across social media, in the early hours of Sunday morning the ten members of Team West Space finally laced up their running shoes, pulled on their Jon Cambell designed running gear, and took to the streets of Melbourne to compete in the 2013 Melbourne Marathon Festival.

The slightly overcast conditions didn't dampen the enthusiasm, as all of the team were successful in completing their distances, with a few team members even setting new personal best times.

Through this 'one-off' special fundraising initiative, Team West Space managed to raise a combined total of $13,109, which is a truly amazing effort. Thank you to all of the supporters who donated to this great cause.

Thanks also to Jon Campbell, Stewart Russell, Alexandra Apostolidis, Joan Spiller, Meyers Place, Lyndal Walker, Nick Waddell, Rosina Prestia and all of the volunteers for the extra assistance.

The ten members of Team West Space included West Space staff, Director Danny Lacy (Marathon), Program Curator Kelly Fliedner (Half marathon), Gallery Manager Christina Apostolidis (Half marathon), Education Intern Tamsen Hopkinson (Half marathon) and Special Projects Intern, Rosina Prestia (10km) + West Space Program Committee member Ieuan Weinman (Half marathon), Ulanda Blair (Half Marathon) from ACMI, Torie Nimmervoll (Half marathon), Aaron Maxwell (Half marathon) and Estelle Ihasz (10km).


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