Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings.
A small arts organisation punching well above its weight, The Lock-Up has become an integral part of the Hunter Region’s cultural landscape and is building a national reputation for its artistic program.
Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts space and hub for creative thinking and doing.
The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station and lock up from 1861 until its closure in 1982. Today it stands as a purpose-built gallery space alongside rare heritage listed cells, an event and installation space in what was the former men’s exercise yard and an onsite apartment for its nationally-renowned residency program.
Through its artistic and public programs, The Lock-Up aims to stimulate and challenge audiences and to promote the current, cross-platform, experimental and diverse practices of local, national and international artists.