Lismore is the heart of the Rainbow Region and well known as an artistic hub. Creative people are drawn to the city like moths to a flame, with a large portion of that creativity visible on the walls of the Lismore Regional Gallery, studios, cafes and the library. However, some of the best artworks can be found out on the city streets.
Where to see street art in Lismore
Lismore’s CBD is a large square, and within it lies a rabbit warren of narrow streets and arcades that don’t see a great deal 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 and encourage people to ‘come to the heart’ again.
An ongoing community street art project in Bundjalung Country, the Back Alley Gallery now features dozens of artworks by talented artists from Lismore, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby, together with visiting artists including the amazing Guido van Helten.
Artworks range from large scale murals to pasteups, stencils, graffiti and even installations. They also change frequently, meaning it’s worthwhile giving the laneways a repeat visit.
Back Alley Gallery can be accessed via Carrington Street and a small alley off Keen Street.
All images credit: Chris Ashton.
Have you visited the Back Alley Art Gallery? What did you think?