LOCATED IN ONE OF NEWCASTLE’S most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is an independent multidisciplinary contemporary arts space and creative hub. Through high-quality, curated programming, The Lock-Up aims to stimulate and challenge audiences and to promote current, cross-platform, experimental and diverse practice from local, national and international artists.
Listed on the NSW Heritage Register, The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station and lock up from 1861 until its closure in 1982. After numerous cultural iterations, the organisation was relaunched as a contemporary arts space in late 2014. Since relaunching, The Lock-Up has developed a national reputation for developing and presenting innovative and thought-provoking programming that features both established and emerging artists, that connects with the community, and that brings new audiences to contemporary arts practice.
The program includes exhibitions, events, site-specific installation and performances, on-site artist residencies, creative talks, forums, workshops and a variety of activities designed to engage the community and to encourage the sharing of ideas and creative vision. The building includes a purpose-built gallery space, rare heritage- listed cells, an event and installation space in the former exercise yard, and an on-site apartment for creative residencies.