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IN | artist run initiative x The Old Lock Up 

IN | artist run initiative is a new multi-disciplinary arts collective 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.  

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 . 
Liminal States (2021) curated by June Sartracom, Petalia Humphreys, Mieke van den Berg, and Nicole Voevodin-Cash.



IN | artist run initiative is launching a new CELL MATES RESIDENCY in October 2021 and
are calling for expressions of interest from contemporary artists across all art forms.

IN | artist run initiative will pair two artists together to undertake a collaborative residency. This pairing will be driven by the potential of either two completely different artistic practices and/or practices that share common languages, conceptual anchors or processes. The residency is designed for artists looking to expand the boundaries of their current practice and those interested in cross-fertilisation.

WHAT IN | artist run initiative OFFER: Successful applicants will have access to The Old Lock Up, located in Maroochydore (Kabi Kabi Country), for the month of October at no cost.  They will be provided with a studio cell space, a featured artist profile on our website + social media showcasing artists’ practice and current work. Unfortunately, there is no artist fee or stipend associated with the residency. However, artists are able to take 100% of all profits from any ticketed workshops, activations, or showcases they choose to deliver as part of the residency. Events to be designed in negotiation with IN | artist run initiative. 

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WHAT ARTISTS OFFER: A public outcome with your fellow Cell Mates Residency artist. These could range from a workshop, exhibition, artist talk, screening, activation, listening party. Outcome to be agreed upon by the Cell Mates artists and IN | artist run initiative Co-Directors.

Artists that are local, First Nations, and/or experience disability are encouraged to apply. 

To apply please provide the following in an email to

  • Artist Bio and CV (2 pages max)

  • Tell us about your practice and why are you interested in a collaborative residency?

  • What do you hope to experience through this artistic exchange? (300 words) 

  • Up to 10 images (or 5 minutes of video)


Applications close midnight Sunday 29 August 2021. 


Artists will be notified of the outcome by Friday 10 September 2021. 


Access: Unfortunately, the venue is not currently wheelchair accessible. IN | artist run initiative urge artists who require wheelchair access to reach out to to discuss options. 

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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.