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MAYHEM & MADNESS BALL – Raising Loot for The Lock-Up! 29 April 2017

April 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm



Raising loot for The Lock-Up

A small arts organisation punching well above its weight, The Lock-Up has become an integral part of the Hunter Region’s cultural landscape and is building a national reputation for its exhibitions, events, residencies and public programs.

The Lock-Up is now asking the Hunter Region to give back through a significant fundraising event.

For one night only The Lock-Up will be transformed for the MAYHEM & MADNESS BALL, a gangster themed extravaganza of music, feasting and art. Supported by a host of local businesses and by some of the country’s hottest contemporary artists, the event is the first fundraising event the independent not-for-profit organisation has held since it relaunched in 2014.

The ball will include; music by favourite local jazz outfit Half Nelson, nationally known DJ and producer Jayzeehazard and a new artist/musician outfit Rattlebone, a saloon bar by The Edwards and delicious food by The Wild Rabbit and Sprout Catering.

Guests are encouraged to embrace their inner gangster and dress up for the occasion whether it be 1920’s vintage glamour and sharp suits, or baggy pants and bling! The entire The Lock-Up will be transformed for the evening with The Lock-Up’s already darkly spectacular spaces being styled by Crab Apple Vintage and Little Wren.

An art auction will feature works by Nigel Milsom, Brett McMahon, Lottie Consalvo, James Drinkwater, Nicola Hensel, John Turier, Una Rey, Matthew Tome, Sally Bourke, Mignon Steele, Doug Heslop and Damien Frost, artists who have all been involved with The Lock-Up since its relaunch. The auction will be launched online to allow bids to be placed from 1st April. Final bids will be taken on the night with the works hung as a one night only exhibition in The Lock-Up’s main gallery space.

Funds raised will enable The Lock-Up’s capacity to deliver outstanding, thought provoking and inspiring cultural experiences as well as expenses that are not easily fulfilled by grant and sponsorship funding.

Event supporters include: Headjam, Burke Mead, The Herald, HunterHunter, House of Airlie, Crab Apple Vintage, Little Wren Flowers, The Edwards, Sprout Catering, The Wild Rabbit, Coopers and Jessie Jane Photography.


Two years ago The Lock-up relaunched as a contemporary art space dedicated to bringing outstanding contemporary cultural experiences to Hunter Region audiences. Since relaunching The Lock-Up has

showcased outstanding works by local, national and international creatives, inspired imaginations, challenged perceptions, supported Newcastle’s creative community and welcomed over 27,000 people through the doors.

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.

The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station and lock up from 1861 until its closure in 1982. Today it stands as a purpose-built gallery space alongside rare heritage listed cells, an event and installation space in what was the former men’s exercise yard and an onsite apartment for its nationally-renowned residency program.

Through its artistic and public programs, The Lock-Up aims to stimulate and challenge audiences and to promote the current, cross-platform, experimental and diverse practices of local, national and international artists.


PH: 02 4925 2265


April 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street
Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia


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