Art in the Heart brings empty CBD shopfronts to life

Friday, 07 December

Lismore City Council is partnering with RealArtworks and Creative Lismore to enhance vacant shopfronts in the CBD and bring them to life this Christmas.

The Christmas Art in the Heart project will provide emerging and professional artists with a platform to showcase their art through installations, projections and window graphics during the holiday season.

Sunita Bala from RealArtworks said residents and visitors will be bombarded with art in the CBD, from the traditional to the surreal.

“The old Lismore Regional Gallery will have an installation called Christmas in Space, with a life-sized astronaut whose face is a screen showing original animations,” Sunita explained.

“Meanwhile, the LightnUp team will have an Australian bush Christmas lantern display while BeSeen will have an installation with giant glasses that show projected eyes of Lismore people. There will even be an interactive community event in Magellan Street with a giant paint-by-numbers design.

“It is absolutely going to transform our vacant shopfronts and show that our heart is a lively and artistic place to shop and visit.”

Council’s Manager of Economic Development 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 very 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,” Tina said.

“Of course it also gives our many local artists a great place to showcase their art practice.

“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.”
Image: Sunita Bala from RealArtworks with Lismore artist Matt Daymond and his work at the old Lismore Regional Gallery.

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