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Lismore Back Alley Gallery grows with third street party

PARTY TIME: Istvan Kohary, 8, Oscar Nissen, 7, and Honey Moon Nissen, 5, all of Tuntable Creek, enjoy the Back Alley Gallery party on Saturday.
PARTY TIME: Istvan Kohary, 8, Oscar Nissen, 7, and Honey Moon Nissen, 5, all of Tuntable Creek, enjoy the Back Alley Gallery party on Saturday. Cathy Adams

LISMORE'S legendary back alleys continued their transformation from neglected to celebrated with the third annual Back Alley Gallery street party on Saturday.

Combining family-friendly fun in the form of face painting, yarn-bombing, and chalk drawing, alongside local musicians and street artists doing their thing, the party was all about making the most of Lismore's once-forgotten nooks and crannies.

The scale of musical festivities stepped up a notch this year with an industrial-strength stage rig giving the roster of local performers a chance to belt out some serious sounds.

Chief among those was headline act Bull Horn, an eight-piece brass hip hop band.

The event also went global, with Milan-born 27-year-old artist Judy Rhum contributing a mural to the gallery - her first piece in Australia.

Ms Rhum was invited to contribute after running into well-known local artist Justin Livingston on a visit to Lismore.

"I'm so happy because its one year tomorrow that I'm in Australia and this is the best way to celebrate," she said.

Back Alley Gallery curator Nathan Eyres said the gallery had become a landmark community asset.

"It's using a space which hasn't been utilised ... showing the community these lanes aren't just for cars, trucks and deliveries."

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