Turning a painting into a party

THERE'S nothing like a splash of paint to bring a space to life.

Once neglected and unloved, Lismore's back alleys are becoming an attraction in their own right as the Back Alley Gallery project spreads further and further into the concrete labyrinth that exists behind the shopfronts.

Over 1000 people wandered through County Lane last Saturday to see 16 artists at work on brick canvases that were donated by willing shop owners.

This was the third and biggest stage of the Back Alley Gallery and this time they turned the painting into a party with DJs, MCs and musicians performing throughout the weekend and a skateboard demonstration on the Saturday.

Lismore City Centre manager Katie O'Rourke said the feedback throughout the weekend was "overwhelmingly positive".

"It was great to see people of all ages, from grandparents to newborn babies coming down to experience it," she said.

Project manager Nathan Eyres said it was rewarding for the artists to have so many people coming to watch them work.

"The whole thing was amazing... It's good to have complete strangers coming up to us and expressing their feelings about your art and about the project," he said.

There are plans to keep extending the project and Katie O'Rourke said she already has a couple of lanes in mind, possibly for early next year.

"The focus now is to finish the short film and we got some great images from the weekend. We're still trying to raise the last of the money to get it ready for the big screen."

You can see the trailer and make donations at


The film will screen at Birch Carol and Coyle in Lismore in October.

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