R.I.P

Graffiti Hall oF Fame made an indelible mark on Australia's vibrant underground history. The space set up by Tony Spanos has launched a thousand projects, pitstopped countless vehicles, hosted many unforgettable events, made possible environmental and social justice tours and helped nurture what has become an amzing motivated social justice/sound system family in Australia. It has created an arena for aboriginal and non aboriginal communitys to work together with a common vision, given the development lobby and police a run for their money, allowed the spectre of Graffiti art to gain respect, given hundred of inner city kids hope and a launch pad to a better future. The spirit of Graffiti Hall of Fame will live on. Say goodbye to the space to which will be reduced to a pile of rubble to make way for more New York style apartments as developers cash in on the lucrative unit market in the newly created upmarket enclave known as Green Square.
Graffiti Hall of Fame Rest in Peace.
282 Botany rd Alexandria
by DJ Morphism - OHMS NOT BOMBS

'04 Spanos for Mayor YEP Campaign

       

 

Graffiti Hall of Fame was set up by Tony Spanos,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 space has launched many projects and initiatives that have positively influenced many people this decade.

Throughout the past decade, Tony has supported and sponsored youth on all sides of the law. He transformed the premises of his family's wholesale and meat export business in South Sydney, where he has worked since the age of fifteen, and established the Graffiti Hall of Fame, commited to the well being of young Australians.

He made a space for art creation to help the graffti artists in the area who were turned into criminals for their art. Turning spray can art into legal art and mural art projects became a mission of Graffiti Hall of Fame.

In 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 has now closed operation of the space for youth.
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, and, now after long court battle to save Graffiti, he is facing losing everything. Graffiti is now up for auction, and, to the detriment of local youth, it would appear that the developers have had their way again.

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