A large mural by Guido van Helten. Credit: Chris Ashton
A large mural by Guido van Helten. Credit: Chris Ashton

Hidden Gems: Street Art in Lismore

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.

A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery
A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery

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.

A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery
A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery
A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery
A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery
A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery
A mural within Lismore's Back Alley Art Gallery

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?

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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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Written by Chris Ashton