Under The Awnings (2016) - Information & Cultural Exchange

Under The Awnings (2016)


Under The Awnings is a one-off exhibition of video and photographic artworks celebrating the faces, stories, businesses and community of North St Marys. Local kids, businesses and community members have collaborated with renowned photographer, Peter Solness (TIME Magazine) and acclaimed screenwriter Nico Lathouris (Mad Max 4- Fury Road) to capture the unique faces, heritage and spirit of this place.

Photos by Peter Solness.

Part of Penrith City Council’s Magnetic Places program which aims to activate spaces around Penrith with community-based art, Under The Awnings uncovers one of Sydney’s hidden gems, a tiny suburb untouched by development; and thriving with rich, untold stories. From Flora, the Fijian hair stylist who has clients travelling to her from all over Sydney, to Mario whose family run business makes Australia’s most delicious pastizzis, to the young art students from Chifley College – all are recorded in their full glory through photographic and video portraiture.

Read more about the project on the I.C.E. blog: These were the times in north st marys

Under The Awnings – Video Portraits
Camera: Nico Lathouris, Peter Solness, Christian Tancred
Drone Operator: Vanna Seang
Edit: Christian Tancred
Original Music: Corey Webster
Digital Marketing: Julia Mendel
Technical Support: Julian Lankshear


When: 4.30pm – 5.30pm, Wednesday 25 May 2016
Where: Parklawn Place, North St Marys
Free | All Welcome | Refreshments provided

Artist in Residency Program

Under The Awnings began as an artist in residency program concentrating on local histories and documentation in the area of North St Marys. Working in partnership with local businesses the project focused on Parklawn Place shopping strip. Using photography and oral history recording as tools to engage locals, Under The Awnings explored the residents and retailers in the area – who they are, where they live and where they work.

During the program a makeshift studio was established on the footpath under the awnings near Mario’s Pastizzi Factory. The creative engagement process included consultations, interviews, photographic workshops and photographic documentation of St Mary’s street life.

Artist Biographies

Peter Solness – Photographer  

Peter Solness is a multi-award winning freelance photographer who began his professional career at the Sydney Morning Herald in 1982. He has covered numerous assignments for magazines such as TIME Australia, Australian Women’s Weekly, The Good Weekend, Australian Geographic and Outback magazine as well as international work for major NGO’s such as Greenpeace, WWF and UNICEF. As a practicing artist, Peter exhibits on a regular basis and his images are held in the collections of the National Library Canberra, the State Library of NSW, The Museum of Sydney, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie University Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and many other private collections. Peter is a teacher and mentor and runs regular workshops and presentations at art schools, photo festivals and teaching institutions. He holds a Certificate IV in Community Services.

Nico Lathouris – Script Development and Dramaturgue 

Over the past twenty years Nicholas has been involved as a dramaturge, script editor, and screenwriter in the production of more than 300 screen hours of award winning and commercially successful Australian drama for film and television. Programs include Heartbreak Kid, Heartbreak High, Wildside, Blue Murder, Looking for Alibrandi, Yolgnu Boy, Head Start and Young Lions. Nico co-wrote Mad Max 4 – Fury Road. Nico has worked on numerous community based storytelling and screen production projects with Information and Cultural Exchange.



If you would like more information about Under The Awnings (2016), you can get in contact with Christian Tancred at I.C.E. for more details
Christian Tancred
Producer, Community Engagement
[email protected]
02 8821 9169

This project is funded by Penrith City Council’s Magnetic Places Funding Program, Arts NSW and the Department of Family and Community Services.