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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 association 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 Founders and Directors:  June Sartracom, Ruby Donohoe, 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 @in_ari 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: Public Palace

PURE POTENTIAL | do you know when you are *working*?

Grace Dewar and Laurie Oxenford (Public Palace)

19-24th April
CLOSING EVENT | Saturday 23rd April 6-8pm

GALLERY HOURS | Wed, Fri, Sat 11-2pm; Sunday 9am-12pm

PURE POTENTIAL: do you know when you are *working*? is a one-week intervention to
interrogate The Old Lock Up as a site and space for experimentation, interaction and social
practice. Presenting as a series of site-specific spatial experiments using temporary installation
methods and care practices, the artists will work with both art and architecture to offer a
response to the spatial ‘conditions’ and invite new ways of experiencing/moving through the site.
Both outcomes provide an opportunity to question how human and non-human resources might
inhabit space, revealing new and unutilised potentials.

Grace Dewar and Laurie Oxenford (Public Palace) work under the premise that the studio is
anywhere *work* takes place. In this way, the project will assume a residency framework,
allowing the artists to make continuous work in a set period of time, where the outcomes are
constantly evolving via live and durational art-making. This approach reveals traditionally
unseen actions to bring forward process, labour and experimentation, forcing a tipping point into
live performance and questioning where the *work* begins and ends.

Public Palace is a regionally-based collective exploring the social, critical and material potentials
of public space. Interested in collaboration across spatial practices, Public Palace encourages
the intersection of ideas via experimental, temporal and durational projects. Often realised via
psycho-geography and social practice, their shared spatial aesthetic is inherently concerned
with process, performance and conceptual art practices.

Acknowledging public space as a ‘participatory landscape', their object and action-based
experiments position public space as a studio and interaction as form. Their interdisciplinary
approach borrows methodologies from construction, architecture, public art, graffiti and
maintenance to intervene in existing structures in new ways – an unlearning of hegemonic
systems to offer small acts of resistance.

@_publicpalace | @laurieoxenford_art | @grace.dewar



Professional Development Workshop Series









IMAGE (Left to right):

Hamish Sawyer | Photo by Sam Cranstoun

Aha Ensemble | Photo from YOKE (La Boite, 2021) | 📷 ft. @kayahguenther and @rubybridgetdonohoe

Kellie O’Dempsey | Photo by Silvia Forni

Louise R Mayhew | Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, held at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / March 2020 / Image courtesy: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / Photography: Katie Bennett

IN | SIGHT Professional Development Workshop Series delivers five cross-disciplinary practice-led workshops by some of Queensland’s leading arts professionals to Sunshine Coast based contemporary artists. IN | artist run initiative x The Old Lock Up are proud to host Hamish Sawyer, Louise R Mayhew, Kellie O’Dempsey, Daniele Constance x Aha Ensemble, and Liesel Zink.

March 12th | Louise Mayhew: Communicating Your Practice

April 2nd | Aha Ensemble: No Refund | Contemporary Performance & The Body ‘As Is’ [POSTPONED: New dates TBC]

June 4th | Liesel Zink: The Collective Body in Public Space

July 4th | Hamish Sawyer: An Artist’s Guide to Curatorial Perspectives

July 30th | Kellie O’Dempsey: Site Design x Public Installations

Tickets for each workshop will be released at least two weeks prior to the above dates. Stay tuned via our socials @in_ari and on facebook INxOLU

This project is supported by Sunshine Coast Council x Artscoast RADF funding


INCITE is a semi-regular 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 event's theme, check out our socials. Instagram: @in_ari | 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



Thanks for submitting!


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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.