Take a walk through Katoomba’s Living Lanes: 5 new contemporary artworks woven into the heart of the CBD
Five laneways in the Katoomba town centre have been transformed by five new contemporary art installations created by local Blue Mountains artists for Living Lanes; the visual arts project dedicated to strengthening the liveability and vibrancy of the town.
After a year of pandemic-related delays, artists Andrew Belletty, Mark Leacy & Bianca Hayden, Mark Surtees, Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline and Georgina Donovan & Freedom Wilson are thrilled that their works, each uniquely celebrating the theme of ‘sustainability,’ are now on display at Penny Lane, Church Lane, Ha’Penny Lane, College Lane and the Cultural Centre forecourt.
The Blue Mountains is the state's inaugural City of the Arts and these five new contemporary works expand on this vision to both revitalise the township and attract new visitors, building on the successes of the existing Street Art Walk created in 2017 by Street Art Murals Australia and Blue Mountains City Council.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “The laneways that weave through the main streets of Katoomba's town centre often lead to some of the City’s best kept secrets. Cafes and restaurants, hotels, small retail businesses and art galleries play a huge role in both the cultural and economic fabric of the city. The Living Lanes project utilises the enormous potential our streets have to offer.”
Katoomba residents and Living Lanes artists Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline are looking forward to their interactive work ‘The Gift’ located in Church Lane, being viewed by the community.
“As local artists who have a deep appreciation for the area, we are so pleased to have been able to give back to our beloved Blue Mountains community with a work that builds continued resilience and sharing among locals and visitors.”
People are welcomed to observe and interact with the 5 works at their leisure, with a downloadable map for the Living Lanes art walk now available via the Living Lanes website.
Living Lanes is a community visual arts initiative developed in partnership between Blue Mountains City Council and Toolo, the Blue Mountains Tool Library.
This project is receiving funding through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative.