A: 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW

P: +61 2 4925 2265



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.


  • Free guided tours
  • Historic building
  • Workshops & classes
  • Wheelchair access



Lucas Davidson, Living with Uncertainty, 2020. Translucent…

Group Exhibition: all things are water

The Lock-Up presents the group exhibition 'all things are water'.

Group Exhibition: I LOVE YOU MELISSA

The Lock Up presents the group exhibition 'I LOVE YOU MELISSA'.
The Lockup_Rakini Devi

Group Exhibition: KNOWN | UNKNOWN

The Lock-Up presents group exhibition titled KNOWN | UNKNOWN.

Braddon Snape: Internal Pressure

The Lock-Up presents work by Braddon Snape.