20th October – 3rd December, 2023
Newcastle-based Biripi artist Nicole Chaffey unravels a complex family history with direct connections to The Lock-Up.
20 October – 3 December 2023
OPENING NIGHT, FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 5:30PM
feral is the coming to terms with the harsh and heartbreaking reality of inheritance. Compelled to investigate long held family lore to uncover the true story behind her fleeter heritage, Chaffey discovered a much darker history of a lifetime of heinous acts, which left an indelible mark on the generations of women who followed. Eerily, and with uncanny timing, she unearthed a direct link to her ancestor, who was an inmate for a time, in The Lock-Up’s own cells.
About Nicole Chaffey
Nicole Chaffey is a Biripi woman, Newcastle based painter and ceramicist. A graduate of the University of Newcastle School of Fine Art and the Wollotuka Institute, her creative practice has long been founded in family history, story and connecting to culture and Country. In recent years Chaffey’s focus has been administrative and curatorial, working directly with First Nations creatives and communities Australia-wide to develop their arts practices and tell their own stories.
PROMISE THE EARTH
18th June 2022
7th August 2022
Promise the Earth is the next in a five-part exhibition series launched two years ago at The Lock-Up. Curated by Meryl Ryan and Naomi Riddle, each exhibition takes one of the elements – water, earth, fire, air and æther (the post internet realm) – as its defining feature.
21st August 2022
2nd October 2022
CREATION is a new religion, manifesting in spectacle and intimacy. A faith, a gathering of intention and purpose with which to face an era when paid opinion trumps environmental evidence. CREATION proposes a crowd-sourced belief system teeming with pleasures and possibilities.