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The Lock-up launches ARTS IN THE YARD


If you need another excuse to check out Hunter Street on a Saturday, here it is. 

The Lock-Up is launching its new ARTS IN THE YARD program in a bid to introduce the arts world to kids of all ages. 

Kicking off on Saturday 18 February, the free art workshops will be delivered every Saturday in the space that promotes itself as being inclusive and welcoming. 

“It’s a fun and creative way to introduce contemporary arts practice to kids in an open and accessible way,” says curator Holly Farrell. 

The Lock-Up is launching Arts In The Yard on 18 February.

The program will kick off at 11am with a free creative workshop session for kids and their families.  

Each week, a new workshop will be developed and delivered by arts tutor Sia Cox, encouraging the next generation of creatives through contemporary arts practice in one of Newcastle’s most historic spaces. 

The program will begin with a mini tour of The Lock-Up’s historical spaces viewing The Lock-Up’s current exhibition, followed by a free workshop aimed at kids presented in the historical men’s exercise yard. 

Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts space and 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, 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 creative space has previously been the recipient of two Imagine Awards, presented by Museums and Galleries NSW for two children’s programs presented as part of its Artistic Program – Argo Pacifico kids Club (2018) and How Do I Know My Parrot Is Happy? (2020). 

As The Lock-Up staff and volunteers have taken part in Disability Awareness Training conducted by Accessible Arts, this initiative will reflect this ethos and has been developed to ensure families with children with a disability have equal access to participate.  

This program is supported by the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

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