Art project breathes new life into the heart of the city
LISMORE CBD’s empty shopfronts will burst into life this month as part of a new project – Christmas Art in the Heart.
Lismore City Council has partnered with RealArtworks and Creative Lismore to enhance vacant shopfronts in the CBD and bring them to life this Christmas.
Lismore City Council’s economic development manager Tina Irish said projects such as Christmas Art in the Heart were a great way to activate empty or unused spaces for short periods of time to increase visitation.
She said landlords of empty shopfronts in the CBD had been enthusiastic about the pocket art activation as a way to help breathe life back into Lismore’s retail precinct.
“Providing pop-up shops and art installations is a proven way to get people curious, interested and wanting to visit your city to see what is happening,” Ms Irish said.
“By combining our traditional city centre Christmas activities with exciting art projects that challenge, inspire and involve people, we offer a great mix of reasons for people to visit Lismore and spend some time exploring our CBD.”
Ms Irish said the project also gave many local artists a great place to showcase their art, with installations such as projections and window graphics during the holiday season, as well as a giant “paint by numbers” interactive installation in Magellan St on Thursday, December 13.
POP-UP ART: Real Artworks artist Matthew Daymond with his installation at the old Regional Gallery site in Molesworth Street.