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Locked In // Revealing Historical Characters and Events Inside The Lock-Up

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WHEN: 2:00pm, Sunday 12 May 2024

Established in 1861, The Lock-Up, originally a police station with holding cells, has been transformed into a vibrant contemporary art space. On this historical walkthrough led by The Lock-Up Director, Warwick Heywood with research assistant, Isabel Whittle discover the stories of intriguing characters and events which transpired during the building's 120-year tenure as Newcastle’s primary police station.


Come face to face with the space formerly used as a place of short-term confinement for both men and women whilst they awaited sentencing and explore original carvings made on the walls by those who were incarcerated from 1861-1982.

The conservation of The Lock-Up’s historic padded cell has been made possible by the generosity of the Copland Foundation.

This is a free event held in conjunction with the Australian Heritage Festival.

Image: Alex Seton 'Everything was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt' 2022. Soda Glass, nylon, steel, marble offcuts. Dimensions variable. Glassblower: Katie Ann-Houghton.


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