About the Lock-Up

Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is an award winning independent multidisciplinary contemporary arts space and inner city creative hub.

Through curated artistic and public programs, The Lock-Up aims to stimulate and challenge audiences and to promote diverse current cross-platform and experimental practices of local, national and international artists. The program includes 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.

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.

The Lock-Up is an initiative of the Newcastle Historic Reserve Land Manager, a NSW Crown Lands Reserve entrusted with the care and management of a block of three significant heritage-listed buildings in the Newcastle East precinct on behalf of NSW Crown Lands. Commercial tenancies and fundraising activities help preserve and maintain the buildings, while The Lock-Up – through cultural programming ensures these spaces remain accessible to the public and relevant and inspiring for contemporary audiences.

The Lock-Up is supported by the NSW Government through Crown Lands and Create NSW.

To download The Lock-Up's 2021 - 2025 Strategic Plan, click HERE.

Board of Management

Newcastle Historic Reserve Land Manager (NHRLM) is a community trust under the Crown Land Management Act of 2016 for the preservation of the historic buildings of Hunter Street Newcastle.

Read More

The Lock-Up Staff

The Lock-Up engages, stimulates and challenges audiences.

Read More


The Lock-Up Volunteer Program attracts people with a range of backgrounds and skills, a shared commitment to the organisation and a desire to help the art space carry out its day to day activities.

Read More