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The Lock-Up Cultural Centre

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in Newcastle’s original Police Station, The Lock-Up combines an art gallery, Artist in Residence (AiR) program and museum to create a unique destination with a range of cultural activity not offered anywhere else in the Hunter Valley.

Since 2007 The Lock-Up has provided the opportunity for visitors to discover elements of Newcastle’s post-settlement history and culture within a uncommon setting, celebrating the city’s heritage and simultaneously supporting contemporary creative practices.

As a multi-arts cultural centre The Lock-Up fosters the work of visual artists, performers, writers, novelists, playwrights, architects and musicians with a calendar of activity that is as idiosyncratic as the city it resides in.

The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station from 1861 until its closure in 1982. Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, The Lock-Up is believed to be the only example in NSW that includes the work of three of the State’s important early architects; Alexander Dawson, Mortimer Lewis Jnr. and Walter Vernon. Constructed in Sydney sandstone, the building is one of a row of four significant buildings on Hunter Street that reflect the prosperity of early Newcastle.

Applications are now open for Artist in Residence and Independent Exhibitions Program for 2014. Further information can be found at

Location: 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Gallery Hours: Wed to Sun, 10am – 4pm

Phone: 02 4925 2265



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