Good news for Art in the Heart

There's a “Boat” in Magellan Street, Lismore, as part of the Art in the Heart project.

The project is aimed at enlivening the CBD, with artists using empty shopfronts to create and exhibit their work.

On Monday, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell attended a celebration at The Boat artspace, to mark the conclusion of a successful Art in the Heart project – and to announce the good news that Arts NSW will continue funding the project for a second year.Inside

The Boat today, there's a second year Southern Cross University Visual Arts student, Emma Burrows, who has been artist-in-residence there for nearly three months, completing a site-specific work as part of her printmaking study unit.

“I called the space “The Boat” because it's in Magellan Street, in a city that floods, and it's a safe space,” Ms Burrows told The Northern Star.

“Boats are vessels that can explore unknown places.

Unexplored areas of the ocean are similar to unexplored parts of the human mind; they contain potential.

”Ms Burrows is the mother of a nearly six-year old boy, Jasper. He has been patient with his mum's nine-to-five routine at The Boat, spending his after-school time in a playspace she has set up for him there.As we talk, he comes to his mum with something he has carefully made for her out of brown paper and tape.

It looks a bit like a shuttlecock.

What is it? she asks him.It's a rocket ship, he says.

Ms Burrows has used The Boat for much more than visual arts projects. She has involved friends including performance artists, poets, musicians and dancers to use the space in many creative ways.

Everything is visible to the passing parade of people going about their business.

How has it felt to be so exposed?“

At first I couldn't get much work done because people were coming in and asking what the space was all about,” she said.

“But it's a great opportunity for creative people to do something they wouldn't normally have the space to do, and for skill-sharing.”

Ms Burrows' work is to be critiqued by her teachers and fellow students this afternoon. There'll be a street market going on outside and members of the public are welcome to visit after 5.30pm, to catch a glimpse of what Art in the Heart is all about.

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