Colour is coming to Kempsey’s Savages Lane

Published on 17 January 2023

a mural artist painting a laneway

The collaborative community project to revamp Savages Lane will get back underway as artists prepare to wow Kempsey.

Stage two of Streets as Shared Spaces project to revitalise key laneways in Kempsey will start up again in Savages Lane from Monday 23 January, weather permitting.

Aisha Spokes, Community Projects Officer at Council said it is exciting to have local, regional and metro artists involved, creating more vibrancy and art in Kempsey.

“This fun and exciting project unites our community through a collaborative process of listening to their ideas and engaging with artists who are helping to bring those ideas to life.”

“Local and regional artists have a unique connection to our area and history and the metro artists coming are going bring some really incredible styles to the laneway."

Selected through an expression of interest process, the artists include locals Jason Ridgeway, Kelly Purvis, Deb Broughton, Stephen McLeod and INDO The Artist, while the regional and metro artists hail from Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane.

Keeping the community involved in this project will continue with a Laneway festival in the works to celebrate Youth Week which takes place from 20 to 30 April.

“A section of the laneway will be kept blank for youth collaboration and a mentoring project as part of the upcoming Laneway Festival.”

“This will give young people of Kempsey the chance to showcase their talents for the whole shire to admire."

The project has been made possible through funding from NSW Government.

For more information on the project, head to

Upcoming Savages Lane closures

As the project is rolled out through January, February and March, Savages Lane will be closed completely at times.

Savages Lane will be closed from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 January and Monday 30 to Tuesday 31 January for preparation works. Residents have been contacted separately and advised of access arrangements during these times.

Savages Lane will also be closed from Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 14 February, and Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 14 March for the installation of the murals.