The Lock-Up

Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts space and inner city hub for creative thinking and doing.

Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station and lock up from 1861 until its closure in 1982.

The building includes a purpose built gallery space, rare heritage listed cells, an event and installation space in what was the former exercise yard, and an onsite apartment for multi-disciplinary residencies.

Since opening as a cultural centre in 2007, The Lock-Up has welcomed over 50,000 visitors.In September 2014 The Lock-Up relaunched as a dedicated multi-disciplinary contemporary arts space and an inner city hub for creative thinking and doing.

Through curated artistic and public 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.

The program includes contemporary art exhibitions, events, site-specific installation and performances, residencies, creative talks, workshops and a variety of activities designed to engage the arts community and the public and to encourage the sharing of ideas and creative vision.

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Nearby events

  1. Semsational Vintage

    Thursday 21 February 2019 , Newcastle

    Join Vigneron Jessica McLeish and the McLeish team to celebrate Vintage 2019 with a feast of seasonal flavours paired with McLeish Wines. Enjoy a Champagne on arrival, followed by a five course degustation menu created by acclaimed Chef…

    21 Feb
  2. Daniel O'Donnell

    Thursday 21 February 2019 , Newcastle

    Daniel is a legendary Irish singer - Ireland's most popular "easy listening" entertainer returns to Australia in 2019. Daniel performs with the famous and special guest, Mary Duff.…

    21 Feb