Repeat Traveller

Lismore’s hidden talent

Lismore is well known as an artistic mecca – creative people are drawn to the city like moths to a flame. And while a large chunk of that creativity can be seen in art galleries, cafes and the local library, my favourite works are found on the streets – specifically the brilliant Back Alley Art Gallery.

Photo: Chris Ashton
Photo: Chris Ashton

Lismore’s town centre is a large square, and within it there’s a network of narrow streets and arcades that don’t see a whole lot of foot traffic. To make the city’s heart more inviting, the Back Alley Art Gallery was created as a space for people to unleash their artistic talents and revitalise the town centre.

Photo: Chris Ashton
Photo: Chris Ashton

An initiative of the Lismore Business Promotion Program, the Back Alley Gallery features over 60 artworks by talented artists from Lismore, Byron, Mullumbimby, and further afield.

Photo: Chris Ashton
Photo: Chris Ashton

Artworks range from large scale murals to pasteups, stencils, graffiti and installations.

Photo: Chris Ashton
Photo: Chris Ashton

Artworks change frequently so it’s worthwhile giving the laneways a repeat visit now and then.

Photo: Chris Ashton Photo: Chris Ashton

The laneways can be accessed via Carrington Street and a small alleyway off Keen Street.

Photo: Chris Ashton
Photo: Chris Ashton

What are your favourite street art destinations?

Chris Ashton

We’re Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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