HeArt Open - Hunter Innovation Festival Panel, featuring Kirsten Drysdale with curator of The Lock-Up’s INSIDE ELANDS Una Rey, AfriB Creations Fashion Designer Bronwyn Hassan, Hunter Young Professional Daniel Drayton and Environmental Activist and Poet George Woods, May 2021.

The Lock-Up is an eighteenth-century police station, reimagined as a contemporary art space.

COURTNEY NOVAK
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 

Courtney Novak has extensive experience in curating, marketing, programming and event production. She has worked with various arts organisations in Australia including Artbank, Australia Council for the Arts and Newcastle Art Gallery. She has also worked extensively in the Middle East for The Third Line, Christie’s Middle East and Art Dubai, the largest art fair in the Middle East and North African region.

Courtney joined The Lock-Up in 2014 and has since worked closely with the Newcastle Reserve Land Managers to create a nationally recognised, multi-award-winning program. As Artistic Director, she has been instrumental in the direction of the organisation and has curated multiple exhibitions within the program, notably NIGEL MILSOM: JUDO HOUSE, SEEING RED, I LOVE YOU MELISSA and most recently SAM SMITH: ELEMENTS. Courtney holds a Master in Curating and Cultural Leadership, School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales, and an undergraduate in Fine Art, University of Newcastle.

HOLLY FARRELL
CURATOR 

Holly Farrell is responsible for coordinating The Lock-Up’s cultural programs, marketing and communications. She is the key contact for artists, curators and exhibition installation and works with the Artistic Director to coordinate program delivery. She also manages The Lock-Up and its team of volunteers, install and support staff. She has worked on numerous curatorial projects at The Lock-Up such as HOW DO I KNOW MY PARROT IS HAPPY: ROSIE DEACON, ELEMENTS: SAM SMITH and PLAYGROUND. She has extensive experience coordinating multidisciplinary arts festivals and arts event management. Holly has over a decade of experience working within various public, commercial and independent arts organisations and holds a Master in Curating & Cultural Leadership graduating with Excellence at the School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales.

NEWCASTLE HISTORIC RESERVE LAND MANAGER (NHRLM) IS A COMMUNITY TRUST UNDER THE CROWN LAND MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2016 FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS OF HUNTER STREET NEWCASTLE. 

NHRLM, on behalf of NSW State Government Department of Crown Lands, is responsible for the conservation, management and cultural use of three heritage listed government buildings including the former Newcastle Police Station and Lock-Up (1861) now operating as The Lock-Up. Revenue from corporate leasing of 74 and 88 Hunter St. and some area of The Lock-Up building, ensures the ongoing maintenance of the buildings and assists in funding the administration and activities of The Lock-Up. 

As a not-for-profit, The Lock-Up relies on a team of dedicated volunteers to help us to keep our doors open each day. The Lock-Up Volunteer Program attracts people with a range of backgrounds and skills, a shared commitment to the organisation and a desire to help us carry out our day-to-day activities.

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THE LOCK-UP: 1800S POLICE STATION REIMAGINED AS CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE

+61 2 4925 2265
90 Hunter Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia

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