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Sydney Laneways Art program is a surprising utilisation of empty spaces

Allowing artists free rein to make public art in disused alleyways and lanes is a great way to enliven the streets and also give emerging artists the chance to exhibit and shine while uplifting a city's spirits.

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Allowing artists free rein to make public art in disused alleyways and lanes is a great way to enliven the streets and also give emerging artists the chance to exhibit and shine while uplifting a city's spirits. Here is the link to the Laneways Art project, which is a successful example of Sydney's attempt to make the city a more vibrant, expressive place to live. The Laneways Art program is part of a wider annual "Art & About" festival, which brings art out in public, for the masses. Previously, the laneways of Sydney have been a place for the forgotten people of society to hide from the world, but now, many of the city's laneways are filled with fantastical sculptures, pop up shops, and even periscopes! Read more about the project here:  http://www.artandabout.com.au/projects/laneways

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Great to see Australian's innovating their lanes in more than one location: http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/revitalising-melbourne-s-laneways/ I haven't experienced the Sydney ones but recently stayed in the laneway area of Melbourne – and it was indeed vibrant!