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ARTS PRACTICE

1970s-1990s
Garage Graphix-Panthers News 1991
Street Level Blacktown Newsletter-Feb 19

I began my arts career as a freelance documentary and sports photographer, commercial illustrator and screen-printer in Western Sydney during the 1970s.
In the late 1980s I worked for a short time as one of the facilitating Artists at Garage Graphix Community Arts Workshop in Mount Druitt. Founded in 1981, the Garage arts workers gave a political voice to community issues through training and guidance of community groups in a variety of arts activities and the production of silk-screen prints for poster and fabric.

In 1988, I joined 
fellow artists in the establishment of STREET LEVEL, outer Western Sydney's first Artist Run Initiative, in Penrith N.S.W., which showcased the work of 1,500 artists and performers in its first two years of operation. The A.R.I.'s relocation to Blacktown in 1990 resulted in direct interaction with local schools and the broader community and under the guidance of its capable administrators STREET LEVEL in the 1990s provided the rarity of a progressive contemporary arts facility in one of western Sydney's most populated cities. With its final move to Casula Powerhouse Arts Center in the late 1990s, STREET LEVEL continued working to further contemporary arts - both offsite and online.