The RedWest Creatives Co-op is a creative co-operative operating in Melbourne's west whose mission is to strengthen the arts sector. RedWest works to secure a variety of opportunities such as pop-up exhibitions and performances, events for artists, and by providing services to local artists for its members. Services include the auspice of grants, public liability insurance, advocacy and support in working with the local council, and providing access to networks and promotional opportunities.
RedWest was formed in 2017 as a local arts collective working with Wyndham Council in the Red Redux event that transformed Werribee City Centre. In 2018 RedWest registered officially as RedWest Creatives Co-Op LTD with the first board of directors formed to focused on "Calling Westside Creatives!" into action. The tagline itself a message for a Soiree to bring the Wyndham Arts Collective out of the digital sphere and into the physical. The Soirée for Incorrigible Creatives was held Shadowfax winery as the first official membership drive and social event of it's kind for the area.
The legacy of the founding members will live strong as RedWest aims to grow its offerings to its members as the organisation grows to include services like an online gallery & storefront during its search for a permanent, physical home. Being primarily based in Wyndham for its first steps RedWest looks to broaden its reach to include more of the West in its journey forward. In the meantime, RedWest operates out of the Wyndham Arts Incubator space located in Werribee's Old Shire Offices at 49 Watton St, Werribee VIC 3030
We would like to acknowledge the RedWest founding directors fort their vision, commitment, and laying the foundation to build upon.
Pictured left to right:
Michelle Ripari (Secretary), Carolyn Warren-Langford (Treasurer), Will Francis (Vice President), Caroline Esbenshade (President) and Donna Marie Racovalis (Grants and Funding Officer)