Say It With Posters1983

by Amanda Holt and Liz Newell

Many arts workers passed through the Tin Sheds during the 1980s, and then moved on to other poster collectives around the state and country. One of these collectives was Garage Graphix Community Arts Group (1980–96), which operated in Mt Druitt, a western suburb of Sydney with a high Indigenous population. Set up by arts workers active in the women’s movement and funded through government grants, Garage Graphix operated more like a local arts organisation than a screen-printing collective. It was dedicated to ‘picturing the west’, employing artists and cultural workers to mentor community members. Posters produced by the ‘Garage’ are emotive and informative, often using messages from the people involved in producing them.