The Lock-Up AiR Program



Location: Newcastle, Australia

Mission: The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is a unique destination located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct. The building was originally Newcastle Police Station and Lock-Up from 1861 through to 1982 and is an important example of colonial government architecture.

Now protected under NSW Heritage Act, The Lock-Up has been re-purposed to house an art gallery, museum and an artist in residence program creating a vibrant and engaging contemporary cultural space. Its range of public programs provides unique experiences for independent visitors, tour groups and school children.

The Lock-Up is managed and administered by the Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust, a community trust under the Crown Lands Act of 1989. As a non-profit organization the overall purpose of the Trust is to conserve its heritage as sets and promote cultural programs for the benefit of the community.

Cost: Costs covered by The Lock-Up Artist in Resident Program include accommodation, offsite studio space and facilities and access to office facilities including internet and telephone services. Costs NOT covered by the residency program include living expenses, travel, transport or freight costs and material or production costs. These costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

Application Fee: Free

Number of Artists: Up to 1 – 2 at a time

Accommodations: The residency apartment is located on the second floor of The Lock-Up (not wheelchair accessible). It is a self-contained apartment incorporating a fully equipped kitchenette and lounge area with adjacent separate queen bedroom and shower ensuite. Additional amenities include television, DVD, fan and heater, A DSL and wireless internet access. A separate office/study room with a desk and futon day bed is also available for use.

Length of Stay: 2 – 12 weeks

Demographic: Emerging – Established National & International Visual Artists

Medium: The Lock-Up’s Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides a unique residency experience for contemporary artists with experience across a broad range of disciplines.

Benefits: Participants living on-site in the historical building are provided with accommodation, professional development and community engagement opportunities. The program encourages participants to find inspiration from their historic surrounds and explorations of inner city Newcastle. This is a self-driven working residency where the staff and partners of The Lock-Up Cultural Centre will be able to assist with creating and promoting public programming activities and, where possible, exhibitions.

Residents are required to engage with the community through public programming activities that can include lectures, artist talks, workshops, open studios, exhibition or performance or through direct involvement with the program’s partner organisations; the University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and Hunter Writers Centre. A written report outlining residency outcomes and feedback is required within 3 months of residency completion.

Through partnerships with the University of Newcastle and Newcastle Art School (Hunter St. TAFE) artists have access to off-site studio working space, photographic and printmaking facilities, sculpture workshop equipment and multimedia technology. For specific enquiries about access to workshop facilities and equipment contact The Lock-Up.

Deadline: Aug. 15




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