Art in the Heart Lismore

Art in the Heart logo

In March 2010 Stephen Nelson - then City Centre Manager for Lismore - organised a forum to introduce the community to the idea of an empty spaces initiative to foster local creativity. By the end of 2011, the Lismore Art in the Heart Project had become an Arts NSW Creative Enterprise Hub hatching 13 pop-up projects and a flagship model of an empty space program for rural Australia.

Empty Spaces asked Stephen about setting-up the project and their challenges and successes to date and talked to Revolutionary Ceramicos' artists, Clare Urquhart, Cassandra Purdon and Deborah Gower, about the benefits of using pop up exhibition spaces.