Art project breathes new life into the heart of the city

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: Marc Stapel­berg

POP-UP ART: Real Art­works artist Matthew Day­mond with his in­stal­la­tion at the old Re­gional Gallery site in Molesworth Street.

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