Eltham artist Jay Manby in the Magellan St art space in Lismore. In the background are friends Anna Mackney and Dave Barkas.
Eltham artist Jay Manby in the Magellan St art space in Lismore. In the background are friends Anna Mackney and Dave Barkas. Jacklyn Wagner

Gallery pops up to show paradise

A DISUSED travel agency has been turned into a pop up art gallery as part of a project to transform empty shopfronts in Lismore's CBD.

Eltham artist Jay Manby has just installed his exhibition, Bird of Paradise, in the former Harvey World Travel agency site at 56 Magellan St.

It's the latest in a series of pop up exhibitions launched by Art in the Heart Lismore to transform vacant or disused buildings.

"It's called a pop up gallery because we're going to have a high rotation of exhibitions," said Art in the Heart co-ordinator Stephen Nelson.

"Succeeding Jay's work it's likely that we'll have the very best of Lismore's art and craft on display before Christmas and then we will think about what will happen in the New Year."

It's the first time Mr Manby has held an exhibition in Lismore and the works examine the idea of paradise in western culture.

"Lismore hasn't got that many galleries so it (Art in the Heart) does give local artists the opportunity to share their work and I think it's a great idea. It just brightens up the centre of town."

The building's owners, Lynn and Darren Bassey, have offered their ground floor premises to successive Art in the Heart projects.

Mr Nelson said he is looking for other landlords who are willing to temporarily let their buildings to artists.

"I think art can occur anywhere," he said.

The exhibition will be launched by Genevera Hooper of Eltham Village Gallery at 6.30pm tonight and it runs until December 3.



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