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IN | artist run initiative x The Old Lock Up 

IN | artist run initiative is a new multi-disciplinary arts collective and not-for-profit organisation based out of The Old Lock-Up, Maroochydore. IN | is a place for artists to explore experimental, collaborative, diverse approaches to making art, sharing art, and talking about art. We're about new ideas, new conversations, new forms.  

Exhibitions | Residencies | Events | Performances | Artist Talks | Critical Engagement 


The collective offers project space + time for collaborations, mentoring, feedback, peer-critique, and a place to ‘talk shop’. IN | is a collective with more questions than answers- premise pushing through curiosity and driven by the Sunshine Coast’s increasing appetite for rigorous, agile contemporary arts dialogue. 


IN | artist run initiative Directors: Ruby Donohoe, June Sartracom, and Sharna Barker. 

IN | artist run initiative acknowledges the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people as Traditional Owners of the lands on which the space stands. We pay our deep respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Follow @the.old.lockup for upcoming projects, opportunities and events.

Find out more about IN | artist run initiative Directors: 
June Sartracom | @junometry
Ruby Donohoe | | @rubybridgetdonohoe 
Sharna Barker | | @sharna.a.barker 








Image by Cooper Brady Photography. Featuring work by Bridie Gillman and Sharna Barker . 








Image: Aaron Perkins, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, 2021


Cherry Stones

Aaron Perkins and Sam Dixon

8 - 18th December 2021

Opening event | 11th December 5 - 7pm

Artist Talk + Film Screening | 18th December 2.30pm

Followed by IN | artist run initiative’s monthly INCITE event.

A.A. Milne's Cherry Stones is a children's poem that wonders about what life will bring. The child asks whether they will be a tinker, tailor, soldier or a sailor; whether they will be rich or poor, virtuous or corrupt; and whether they'll turn rabbits out of their pockets or travel through space on rockets. They wonder at the seemingly inexhaustible possibilities of life and liken this to the abundance of cherries growing upon the little cherry tree in their garden. Yet the poem's title, Cherry Stones, reflects a diminished view from adulthood: that with each choice our possibilities successively narrow until all that remains are the consequences - the pits or stones - of these choices.

Artist Aaron Perkins and screenwriter/director Sam Dixon's Cherry Stones takes inspiration from children's games of make-believe that model these choices. Perkins and Dixon's paintings and writings converse across media to similarly invite make-believe and to offer an imaginative escape from the game of life carried on just outside the pockmarked and graffitied walls of The Old Lock Up.

Aaron Perkins | | @aamepepe

Sam Dixon | | @dickos_variety_hour



INCITE is a monthly event run by IN | artist run initiative at The Old Lock Up. A social meeting place for artists from all art forms to talk shop, test ideas, and meet up. In response to the month's theme, artists are invited to bring along some of their work; have a yarn or have a listen to an artist Show x Tell; and join an artist-led round table conversation about what provocations this concept might offer for artistic practice, processes, concepts, & aesthetics.

For each month's theme, check out our socials. Instagram: @the.old.lockup | Facebook: @INxOLU

the old lock-up site

Project Space
Cell 1 (with added light)




The Old Lock Up is available for venue hire or event proposals | Contact IN x OLU with more details



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The Old Lockup acknowledges and pays respect to the Gubbi Gubbi people, Traditional Owners of the lands upon which this project is situated.