WALL ART: Back Alley Gallery project manager Nathan Eyres (bottom) brightening up Lismore’s lanes.
WALL ART: Back Alley Gallery project manager Nathan Eyres (bottom) brightening up Lismore’s lanes.

Brightening up the back alleys

LISMORE's back alley's will come alive again this weekend with a street party coinciding with the next instalment of street art being unleashed on the walls of County Lane (off Carrington Street).

Several of the local artists who have contributed their work to the Back Alley Gallery will be back again, along with respected Melbourne-based graffiti artist 'Phibs'.

Phibs' works decorate cities around the world and the National Gallery of Australia has acquired several of his works for its permanent collection. His distinctive style has also attracted major brands including Absolut Vodka and Max Brenner chocolates to commission work from him.

Back Alley Gallery project manager Nathan Eyres said it was a "massive deal" having Phibs come to Lismore.

"He sets the standard for street art in Australia in my opinion," Nathan said.

All in all there will be 15 artists participating, each of whom will be allocated a section of wall in the alley. There will also be DJs playing throughout Saturday and Sunday and skate demos by Byron Bay Skateboard Coaching.

A film crew will capture the whole thing for a documentary showing the evolution of the project over time. Makers of the documentary are still trying to source additional funding to get the film finished through www.pozible.com

/thebackalleygallery where you can also see the trailer.

Lismore city centre manager Katie O'Rouke said the Back Alley Gallery was part of the CBD revitalisation strategy.

"The previous stages have been well received by all members of the business community and by all age groups and it brings more people into the heart of the CBD."

Ms O'Rourke said she had "randomly discovered" wedding photos taken in the Back Alley Gallery and also photos posted by

backpackers who had stopped in Lismore.

"It's great to see that sort of response... For a regional city, having laneways is a unique element and it (the street art) makes people more aware of what Lismore has to offer.

"The laneways are already used by locals to pop through from one end of town to the other. This makes them brighter, more colourful spaces so that hopefully more people use them."

Things get underway from 10am on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26.


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