This Dispossessed poster, produced at Garage Graphix in western Sydney by Alice Hinton-Bateup during the 1980s, protests against the continued forced movement of Aboriginal people from their homes and the forced break of connection with land and people. It incorporates the last photograph taken of Harriet Waters, the great-grandmother of Aboriginal author and curator, James Wilson-Miller.
Garage Graphix was an important community arts workshop at Mt Druitt in Western Sydney where women artists and designers, including and often led by the Aboriginal participants, addressed community and Aboriginal issues and key concerns like the ones addressed in this poster.
"Garage Graphix Community Arts Group (1980-96) operated in Mt Druitt, a western Sydney suburb with a high Indigenous population. Although the group is described as a 'majority female' collective, poster accreditations reveal only women's names. The collective followed 'affirmative action principles' for the employment and training of women, including Indigenous women (Hall c.1998, 12). Many collectives promoted Indigenous land rights, yet Garage Graphix was possibly the only collective to include Indigenous Australians in its core membership." (1)
The Community Arts Board (CAB) of the Australia Council and the Community Cultural Development Board (CCDB) of the Australia Council played a national role in supporting community-based screen printing workshops like Garage Graphix, Red Letter, Another Planet, Lucifoil and other community workshops. These bodies also encouraged and supported community-based sponsor organizations to produce posters. CAB and CCDB programs were artist-focused initially, then became community-focused.
Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator, October 2014
(1) Louise Mayhew, Jillposters Will Be Prosecuted: Australia's women-only print collectives from the 1970s and 1980s. http://fourcolouredstripes.blogspot.com.au/2011_05_01_archive.html (Accessed 2/10/2014)