Art in the Heart is a project which aims to place creative workers from Lismore and the Northern Rivers NSW in empty shops and other premises in the Lismore CBD in order to activate these spaces and encourage more life in the city centre. The Art in the Heart project is a partnership between Arts NSW and the Lismore City Council city centre revitalisation program, and is the recipient of Arts NSW Creative Enterprise Hub funding.The project is governed by the 7-member Art in the Heart Taskforce. Coordinator Stephen Nelson also reports to the Lismore Business Promotion Program, which has provided additional resources for the scheme.Art in the Heart has received widespread community support and positive media coverage and interest since it commenced in mid 2010.
Art in the Heart is an integral part of the revitalisation of the Lismore city centre - heart of the Northern Rivers, NSW
The taskforce comprises:•Dr Ros Derrett OAM (Chair), former Head of the Office of Regional Engagement at Southern Cross University•Brett Adlington, Director, Lismore Regional Gallery (Vice Chair)•Bill Sheaffe, Member, Lismore Business Promotion Panel•Paul Deegan, Principal, LJ Hooker Real Estate, Lismore•Katie O’Rourke, City Centre Manager•Peter Wood CEO Arts Northern Rivers•Brent McAlister, Executive Director Sustainable Development Lismore City Council.
The Art in the Heart Taskforce
The teamThe Art in the Heart Project staff consists of (from L to R) volunteers Viv Martin and Kim McLean, plus coordinator Stephen Nelson
Preparing the ‘MENAGERIE’ pop up exhibition at 56 Magellan Street.Read the article
Laszlo Biro working on his latest sculpture at the MENAGERIE pop up exhibition. (3 hours into the clay)