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 1800s police station, reimagined as a contemporary art space.


Courtney Novak has extensive experience in creative programming, exhibition development and project management and arts marketing.


Courtney joined The Lock-Up in 2014 and has been instrumental in the organisation’s strategic direction, enabling the contemporary art space to become a nationally recognised, award-winning institution. She has curated multiple exhibitions within The Lock-Up’s program, notably NIGEL MILSOM: JUDO HOUSE, SEEING RED, I LOVE YOU MELISSA and most recently SAM SMITH: ELEMENTS.


Courtney has worked with various arts organisations across Australia including Artbank, Australia Council for the Arts and Newcastle Art Gallery. She has also worked in the Middle East including The Third Line Gallery, Christie’s Middle East and Art Dubai. She 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 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.


Holly has worked on numerous curatorial projects such as +++I’M GOING THROUGH CHANGES+++, 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, 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).

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.


6 hours p/week

One year casual contract commencing October 2022

Includes Saturday work

Award/Rate: $30 p/hour


The Lock-Up is looking for a Casual Children’s Art Educator to lead and create the gallery’s new children’s art workshop program. We are looking for someone to join our small team who is passionate about experimental and contemporary art and arts education.


Suited to a motivated, well organised individual who is both a team player and able to work independently, the Casual Art Educator must be well presented, a skilled communicator and able to be an enthusiastic and friendly face of the organisation.


The position has the possibility of being extended depending on future funding.


The Lock-Up is committed to diversity and strongly supports applications from First Peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI+ people, and people with disability.


About the Role


– Creates and delivers multidisciplinary professional education art experiences for children that relate directly to The Lock-Up’s artistic program.

– Creates educational activities that are accessible and inclusive.

– Reports to and takes direction from the Galley Director and Curator.

– Works to support, and in collaboration with Gallery staff

– Work schedule includes 3 hours workshop planning and assisting staff with general gallery duties mid-week (flexible days) in addition to 3 hours for workshop delivery on Saturdays.


Essential Selection Criteria

– Experience working with education with children of all ages

– Experience in the creation and facilitation of children’s art workshops

– Be able to use a diverse range of artistic mediums such as acrylic, water colour, clay, collage, digital etc

– Knowledge of contemporary and experimental arts practices

– Ability to run workshop sessions independently

– Fine Arts or Education Degree or equivalent experience

– Working With Children Check



– A current contemporary arts practice

– Driver’s license and own mode of transport

– Experience coordinating volunteers



Please email your CV with references and a one page word doc addressing the essential criteria to The Lock-Up Artistic Director Courtney Novak courtney@thelockup.org.au


If you would like further information to discuss the role call 4925 2265 or email courtney@thelockup.org.au

Applications close 5PM 26 September 2022.




+61 2 4925 2265
90 Hunter Street
Newcastle NSW 2300

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