The Lock Up
Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, the Lock-Up was build to support the Newcastle Police Station, which was housed in the adjacent Court House, and was used as a lock up from 1861 until its closure in 1982.
Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, the Lock-up embodies the prosperity of early Newcastle.It is located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings-its one of a row of four significant buildings on Hunter Street in Sydney.
Currently, the Lock-up is used as a multidisciplinary contemporary art space, and an inner hub for creative thinking and doing.
Aside from the rare heritage listed cell and a purpose-built gallery space, the Lock-up include an event and installation space in what was the former exercise yard. The former men’s exercise yard has been renovated to create a stunning one-of-a-kind venue. This space is now used to serve public and private events.
What makes holding an event in Lock-up a memorable experience is probably the fact that it carries a rich history, evidently in the presence of etched graffiti, overhead bars, and solid iron doorway.
To make the space more exciting and accommodative, the management has included modern additions such as a newly raised floor, wooden stage, and weather-sensitive louvred roof. All these, not only make space look more appealing, but also add to the pragmatism of the space.
The yard is versatile at best and can accommodate different types of events and is perfect for small to medium size events including wedding ceremonies, reception, cocktail functions long table lunches, seminars, product launches, corporate events, small seminars to formal dinner parties, among other events.
What’s more, hire of the Yard gives you complete access and use of The Lock-up’s entry foyer. The foyer can be used for event registration, cocktail or even general overflow space for The Yard.