The Lock-Up

Newcastle and surrounds - NSW, Australia

Price From $1,400
Cocktail 100
Seated 70

About This Venue

The Lock-Up

The Lock-Up is a unique cultural destination located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct. The building was originally Newcastle’s police station and holding cells from 1861 to 1982, and is an important example of colonial government architecture.

Now operating as a contemporary art space and inner city creative hub, the heritage-listed building includes a purpose-built gallery space, rare historic cells, an event and installation space in what was the former exercise yard and an onsite apartment for multi-disciplinary residencies.

The Yard

The former men’s exercise yard is the area of The Lock-Up that is available for hire. It has been sympathetically renovated to create a striking one-of-a-kind venue. Impressions of the former exercise yard still linger with traces of etched graffiti, overhead bars and the solid iron doorway acting as reminders of its history.

Modern additions, such as the automatic weather-sensitive louvred roof, new raised floor and wooden stage, ensure The Yard is a character-filled yet functional space.

The Yard is perfect for small to medium-sized events, including intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions, private parties, cocktail functions, long-table lunches, formal dinner parties, corporate events, meetings, small seminars and product launches. The great acoustics and size of the space also make it suitable for intimate live music and theatre performances.

Hire of The Yard may also include use of The Charge Room, the space from which entry into The Lock-Up is made from Hunter Street. The Charge Room can be utilised for event registration, cocktails or general overflow space for The Yard.


Photos by: Xanthe
Flowers by: Michelle Gearin

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Venue Facilities

  • AV system
  • Bar area
  • Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Bridal change room
  • BYO alcohol
  • BYO catering
  • Camping
  • Chapel
  • Clean-up included
  • Fire pit
  • Generator
  • Kitchen
  • Marquee or Tent
  • No curfew
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Power
  • Stage
  • Tables and seating
  • Water
  • Wet weather cover
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi

Owner / Manager

Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts space and inner city hub for creative thinking and doing.

Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, The Lock-Up was the Newcastle police station and holding cells from 1861 until its closure in 1982. The building includes rare heritage-listed cells, an event and installation space in what was the former exercise yard, a purpose-built gallery space and an onsite apartment for artist residencies.

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 from local, national and international artists.

The program includes contemporary art exhibitions, events, site-specific installation and performances, residencies, creative talks, workshops and a variety of activities designed to encourage the sharing of ideas and creative vision.

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