“My parents taught me that creativity and individuality are things to be proud of and supported not scorned or suppressed. My aim is to connect as many people as possible with live music and the arts, as I firmly believe that this kind of exposure has both far-reaching social and personal benefits for anyone who encounters them.”
-AFTER THE LOCKOUTS DOCUMENTARY
Mark is a living embodiment of the world of popular culture. A father, musician, promoter, DJ, actor, model, who has been active in Sydney’s night culture and entertainment scene for several decades. He recently celebrated his 10 year milestone of successfully running Sydney’s iconic live music venue The Oxford Art Factory.
Born in Holland, Mark came to Australia in 1970. HIs musical career started with teaching himself to play the guitar at the age of 14 and culminated with seeing the Sex Pistols on the news in ’77, which without a doubt led him to form his own band JMM/Scapa Flow. It lasted long enough to see them play on the same bill as such illustrious stars as The Birthday Party, Laughing Clowns, Echo & The Bunnymen, Hunters and Collectors and Mark E Smith & the Fall to name but a few.
Having lived in the inner-city suburbs of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross in the past and by way of his band playing the infamous French’s Wine Bar, Mark has had a connection with Oxford Street for forty years. In more recent years he became the main driving force behind the creation of venues such as Spectrum, 34B Burlesque and The Vegas Lounge, which were a part of the Q Bar and Exchange Hotel enterprise on Oxford Street. By the end of his term in 2005, he was handling all promotions, marketing and bookings for the Q Bar and Exchange Hotel.
Mark is perhaps best know for conceiving and founding the Oxford Art Factory, which opened its doors in 2007. What keeps him going after 9 years running the OAF is his love of culture, music and all things art. This stems from being raised in a family whose own connection to the arts goes back centuries in Europe. From an early age Mark’s parents taught him that creativity and individuality are things to be proud of and supported, not scorned or suppressed. His aim with the OAF is to connect as many people as possible with live music and the arts. Mark firmly believes that this kind of exposure has both far-reaching social and personal benefits for anyone who encounters them.