Underground art in CBD heart

Scenes from the Back Alley Gallery. Photos by NATSKY.
Scenes from the Back Alley Gallery. Photos by NATSKY.

The second stage of Lismore's Back Alley Gallery was completed on Saturday and co-ordinator Nathan Eyres said all 13 artists involved were really pleased with the results.

Nathan was approached by or invited people from Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Murwillumbah and one from Germany, as well as a bunch of Lismore street artists, based on examples of work they had done previously.

"Plenty of research goes on to see what kind of stuff they do, if their art is acceptable," he said. "It has to be community friendly. Nothing political or religious, otherwise it gets too full on or opinionated. So I look for people who are good with crazy characters and abstract stuff or are good with lettering.

"It's a massive compliment to be invited to a different place to paint on the walls," he said.

Nathan was given a budget from Lismore City Council, provided materials for the artists and co-ordinated how much space and where each artist's work would sit within the gallery.

"You try to plan as much as you can, but if the artist doesn't see the wall (until they arrive) sometimes the space doesn't work for them. One artist from Brisbane had to change his whole sketch and idea to work with the wall space."

Nathan said there was a "good vibe" on the day, despite the rain.

The works can be seen in Eggins Lane and Nathan said stage three will continue around the corner into Larkin Lane and out onto Keen Street later in the year.

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