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The Lock-Up presents COLLECT | 21 May - 12 June

The Lock-Up is busy preparing for COLLECT, a group exhibition featuring almost 100 artists from the Hunter and beyond. As The Lock- Up’s annual commercial offering, COLLECT is an important fundraising exhibition, with all showcased works available for purchase.

Photography credit: Wanagi Zable-Andrews

COLLECT 2022 includes a diverse roster of young and emerging artists alongside high-profile artists from Newcastle and the Hunter, including Michael Bell, Sally Bourke, Lottie Consalvo, Dani Marti, Lucas Grogan, Vera Zulumovski and James Drinkwater.

This year’s opening night will feature drinks, food, dancing and a wild night of 80’s Karaoke, brought to you by COLLECT artists Bridie Watt, Jan Denzin and Lyndal Campbell.
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Art: Carroll Turner

COLLECT has become one of the most anticipated exhibitions in The Lock-Up’s program as The Lock-Up Director Courtney Novak explained, 

"By purchasing works in the exhibition, you are helping support artists and The Lock-Up simultaneously, as all proceeds from the sales go to participating artists and help raise funds for The Lock-Up." Courtney added,

"COLLECT has become the perfect platform for artists to connect with passionate collectors, while elevating young and emerging artist’s professional practice."

Now in its fifth year, The Lock-Up’s Young & Emerging Curator Internship has been awarded to Kar Mun Phoon, an emerging creative and Tantrum Youth Arts Resident who has worked locally in Newcastle within its private and public arts institutions. Kar Mun currently balances her position as a Youth Advisor at Newcastle Art Gallery, her COLLECT Curatorial Internship and her Tantrum Residency between her part-time career as a dentist.

Works will be available for purchase both at the gallery and via The Lock-Up’s online shop, which launches on the opening weekend of 20 May 2022.


Ben Adams | Gillian Adamson | Nick Barlow | Nicki Bates | Dean Beletich | Michael Bell | Brigitte Beyer | Laura Bishop | Sally Bourke | Michelle Brodie | Megan Burley | Lyndal Campbell | Wanjun Carpenter | Rob Cleworth | Chris Clifton | Dino Consalvo | Lottie Consalvo | Jen Denzin | Andy Devine | James Drinkwater | Helen Dunkerley | Sophia Emmett | Jono Everett | Saretta Fielding | Ryan Fitzgerald | Leslie Fitzsimmons | Sophia Flegg | Brendan Frost | Aidan Gageler | Ben Gallagher | Peter Gardiner | Michelle Gearin | Alex Golden | Li Goninon | Kitti Gould | Paul Graham | Lucas Grogan | Ellie Hannon | Ruby Hart | Ileigh Hellier | Georgia Herod | Doug Heslop | Clare Hodgins | Marlene Houston | Wolfe Jessie | Ellie Kaufmann | Ben Kenning | Mila Knight | David Kurzydlo | Jane Lander | Peter Lankas | Jen Lanz | Fiona Lee | Justin Lees | Damien Linnane | David Lobb | Jade Lomax | Peta Lumley | Holly Macdonald | Dani Marti | Patrick Mavety | Brett McMahon | Edward Milan | Rachel Milne | Nicole Monks | Brontë Naylor | Brett Piva | Izabela Pluta | Matt Prisnia | Scott Probst | James Rhodes | Edwina Richards | Bree Rooney | Simone Rosenbauer | Alessia Sakoff | Malvika Satelkar | Jo Shand | Shannon Simm | Bella Snape | Braddon Snape | Wednesday Sutherland | Annabelle Sutton | Annika Thurbon | Marguerite Tierney | Lezlie Tilley | Shan Turner Carroll | Gavin Vitullo | Bridie Watt | Clare Weeks | Ahn Wells | Sharon Williams | Kara Wood | Vera Zulumovski

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Photography credit: Wanagi Zable-Andrews

COLLECT at The Lock-Up

Where: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle
Opening: 5.30pm, 20 May 2022 with 80’s Karaoke happening from 7pm.
Exhibition Dates: 21 May - 12 June, 2022
Online Shop: click here

About 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. 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, and includes an event and installation space in 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.

Header Image artwork Michael Bell, Susan Weaver and Aidan Gageler.

The Lock Up

90 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Today - 1000 - 1600