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Subvertisers reclaim public advertising space

by ALEC SMART Subvertising – the manipulation of poster advertisements – is back with a bang, and not since the 1980s when B.U.G.A.U.P. (Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions) made witty alterations with their spray paint cans has public advertising been co-opted and called to account. Except this time it’s not intrepid paint can wielding […]

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Same-Sex Bill’s second birthday

By JAMES HARRISON December 7th marks the second anniversary of Australia’s Same Sex Marriage Bill. The 2017 bill followed a two-month long plebiscite, costing $122 million and achieving a 61.6% ‘yes’ vote, leading to amendments in the Marriage Act. With such a long and controversial campaign period behind the Australian people, the question left is […]

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Hateful sprays against gays

BY ALEC SMART In the wake of the national Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite results, which on 15 November revealed 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted ‘Yes’ to allow same-sex couples to marry, two ‘gay-friendly’ wall murals in Sydney’s inner-west were vandalised. A mural on a pub’s exterior wall celebrating the same-sex marriage ‘Yes’ vote, and […]

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Art not ads

BY JESSICA DE VERA A prominent mural in the inner west was painted over with a movie advertisement and the Inner West Council are likely to come to a decision on regulatory action sometime this week. The community of Newtown displayed their outrage on multiple platforms when they noticed the iconic “It’s like a jungle […]

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Artists have their spray

BY STEPHANIE TILLER A City of Sydney Council proposal to remove unnecessary barriers and make street art more accessible has been praised by the Sydney art community. The proposal seeks to remove the current requirement for street artists to seek development consent before any work can be carried out in the City of Sydney local […]

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Residents have their spray on City’s graffiti policy

By Joe Bourke   The City of Sydney has been accused of showing “disrespect” and “nonchalance” towards heritage by the president of the Potts Point Heritage and Conservation Society for taking too long to clean up vandalism in the area. Andrew Woodhouse said Potts Point residents “expect a higher standard of care” from council after […]

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2019: oh what a lovely/horrible year

2019 year in review by ALEC SMART January City Hub begins the year reporting on the proposed demolition and replacement of the Sydney Football Stadium, known commercially as the Allianz Stadium, at Moore Park. Ironically, in the last week of 2019, City Hub is again reporting on it following the announcement the NSW Govt will […]

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Hopes fade for Assange

By Alec Smart Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who returned to Court in London on Monday this week, is losing ground in his struggle to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, where he is currently in detention. If Assange is extradited to the USA after his February 2020 British court hearing, he faces multiple […]

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School’s out for global warning

By VERONICA ANASSIS School students will meet for urgent climate change action at the Domain in Sydney on September 20 as part of a national protest to abolish coal mining. Supporters of the “Schools Strike 4 Climate” movement are marching once again, fed up with governments not treating climate change seriously. Australian students in the […]

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LIVE WIRE – Sydney’s Live Music Guide Mar 30

Glenn Skuthorpe: Find the crossroads of blues roots country and folk and you will discover Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari man and international touring singer Glenn Skuthorpe with his guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonicas in hand. Thu, Mar 20, Camelot Lounge Martha Tilston: Has grown up immersed in music. Her singer-songwriter father Steve Tilston and renowned folk singer […]

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