Recent History

In 2001 the Trust embarked on an ambitious program to completely renovate and refurbish the historic Newcastle Police Lock-Up.

After the police station closed in 1982, the Hunter Heritage Centre was developed to encourage the participation, appreciation of the city’s unique heritage. In 2001 the Trust embarked on an ambitious program to completely renovate and refurbish the historic Newcastle Police Lock-Up. This included the opening of a museum, artists in residence accommodation, and the opening of the John Paynter Gallery space.

In 2007, The Lock-Up was launched as a multi-arts hub in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct. The John Paynter Gallery provided exhibition space for independent and emerging practitioners to hire as well as presenting work developed through the Artist in Residence program and curated exhibitions by The Lock-Up staff such as The Star in 2009 & Brought to Light: Unlocking Newcastle Newcastle’s Secrets in 2010.

In September 2014 The Lock-Up re-launched as a dedicated contemporary art space as a place for exchange, ideas, exploration, information and cultural endeavour.