Hall of Fame was set up in the early nineties in inner city Alexandria
as a grassroots youth space to offer direction and encourage creative
pursuits for local youth and the wider Sydney community. The car
park space set up by local businessman Tony Spanos who transformed
his family's wholesale and meat export business in South Sydney.
The space has launched many projects and initiatives that have positively
influenced many people this decade.
space is an amazing world famous art gallery of 'wild style' Graffiti.
The opening of the car park for painters to get creative has helped
place the street art of local youth in different context. Graffiti
is an expression of the urban lifestyle that is globally recognized
a cutting edge art form. The mass of different artists that were
involved in painting the Alexandria space is a milestone and an
innovative solution to an inner city problem. The Mural Project
has helped add colour to Sydney suburbs such as Newtown, Erskinville
and Redfern. By offering a legal window for these murals youth previously
alienated and criminalised are now in demand and respected for their
work as artists. It's all about direction and channeling energies
to a constructive outcome. By encouraging youth to nurture their
creative sides you help them find direction in life that gives them
the incentive for self-responsibility to feel part of a community.
Sydney youth music events have launched a myriad of collectives,
motivated as well as event production and clothing labels. Groups
such as Ohms Not Bombs, The Vibe Tribe, The Rainbow Circus and many
more have gone on to do vital community work having held workshops
at the inner city space in Alexandria. These events tend to encourage
diversity with an all inclusive, welcoming atmosphere.
Spanos's work with Graffiti Hall of Fame has included amazing sponsorship,
support and encouragement for the local Aboriginal population, organizing
sports events, go-cart and harbor cruise projects, surfing carnivals
involving police and aboriginal folk, plus countless other schemes.
Jabiluka campaign united many in opposition to Australia's latest
Uranium mine proposal
in Kakadu over the last couple years. Graffiti Hall of Fame has
supported various Jabiluka protest groups helping set up the Loftus
street vigil outside the offices of Energy Resources Australia who
are responsible for the mine. At these protests Tony helped keep
the events legal and peaceful turning marches into 'Love Parades'
A protest group called Oms not Bombs last year raised funds to purchase
a bus in which they took the anti uranium message across the land
in 1998. As the group of inner city people took a sound system to
Kakadu and back they created much media along the way. A similar
project saw another tour to the remote North of South Australia
this year to protest against the Roxby mine and the proposed Beverly
and Honeymoon mines as well as the insane global nuclear waste dump
planned for the region. Tony Spanos has also helped with the protests
at the Timbarra mining operation in North N.S.W, by acting as a
'Peace Officer' making sure that the protester's civil rights were
respected and often taking on the role of 'Police Liaison' with
great success. The Timbarra mines gold extraction threatens to poison
the whole water supply of the region. Anti nuke rally's at Lucus
Heights in Sydney and anti old growth logging protests in East Gippsland
have also been supported as well as the anti M5 protests that had
recently had local old folk and active youth dancing in the streets.
vs Profit in South Sydney
Recent times Graffiti hall of Fame has been under increasing pressure
from the South Sydney development lobby who have used court action
to shut the space down. The rezoning of industrial to mixed business/residential
has set in motion a blind lust for dollars that endangers the continuing
operation of the space. The opening up of the lucrative market for
developers unchecked gives us a frightening vision of alienation
as the region developed with no plans for improving the quality
of life for local residents. What sort of 'development' do we want?
Why does South Sydney Council not recognize the 'community development'
work of the graffiti Hall of Fame projects? Tony Spanos has acted
as a role model for many disadvantaged youth in the South Sydney
area, by winning the battle in court it will prove to the youth
that there is some justice in the system that has previously have
had no faith in.
Spanos for Mayor
Spanos felt he had to get involved in the wider political field
as he saw the goodwill created by the inner city Graffiti Hall of
Fame being attacked by the forces of development with their profit
before people agenda. He recently ran for the seat of South Sydney
Council with a pro-youth, conflict resolution pro-environmental
stance, to ensure the human touch remains in politics.
much contemporary politics is dogged by the dualistic competitive
nature of campaigning by tearing strips off the opposition or making
false promises. In his time at Graffiti Hall of Fame Tony Spanos
has proven his dedication to Youth and community development by
sponsoring a myriad of local projects. A vision of a harmonious
community can occur by Bringing People Together. He sees the local
council's duty is to enable people to take responsibility for the
nature of the community they live and work in. As mayor he wanted
to set up community structures and processes for Community Consultation,
and Empowerment. People must be encouraged to contribute, have a
say, and be able to put the democratic outcomes into action.
all about direction and channeling energies to constructive outcomes.
Authorised and printed by Tony Spanos, 282 Botany
rd, Alexandria 2016