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The program is designed to revitalise Lismore’s business centres by transforming empty shop front windows into vibrant art exhibition spaces, showcasing the local arts sector and supporting local businesses.

Shining light for Indigenous artists – Albert (Digby) Moran’s, ‘Growing up on the Island’ exhibition installed at Lismore Regional Gallery, 2018.

Mayor Steve Krieg said works from Lismore Regional Gallery’s permanent collection would be reproduced and displayed on the windows of empty shops to help eliminate the negative visual impact of vacant premises.

‘This initiative is designed to entice people back into our business centres by bringing a sense of excitement to the streets of Lismore and promote our cultural richness,’ Mr Krieg said.

Lismore Regional Gallery Director Ashleigh Ralph said it was exciting to showcase reproductions of artworks from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

‘The artworks photographed survived the flood through careful conservation. In a way, these artworks have been brought back to life,’ she said.

‘We hope these artworks can also bring back a little life to Lismore while the Lismore Regional Gallery is restored.’

ArtVenture will evoke a sense of adventure and exploration, and invites participants to embark on an exciting art walk, discovering hidden treasures in unexpected places.

It promises a unique cultural experience that will leave a lasting impression on all visitors. The exhibition will cater to a diverse range of people, ensuring everyone can find something that resonates with them.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from vacant shop owners who are interested in participating in the program opens on 29 May.

The program is coordinated by Lismore City Council’s Destination and Economy team, which will oversee the program delivery.

Further information about the program can be found on Council’s website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au Simply click on the Your Say tab.

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  1. Oh damn. Reproductions? I thought this was gonna be something more vibrant and alive – giving space and support for local artists to make and show new work… like in Newcastle after the earthquake…


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