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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 x 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 is founded by 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 

Amanda Bennetts | @amanda_bennetts_art







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



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IN | artist run initiative CELL MATES RESIDENCY 2022

One month

Two artists

Two cells

Unlock your practice

IN | artist run initiative is taking expressions of interest from artists who wish to take part in our Cell Mates Residency Program for the month of December 2022 (late Nov bump in). 



IN | artist run initiative will pair two artists together to undertake a collaborative residency. This pairing will be driven by the potentiality of either two divergent 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. 


Successful applicants will receive: 

  • Space: The Old Lock Up (4 First Ave, Maroochydore, 4558) 

  • Time: Four weeks at no cost. 

  • Featured artist profile on our website + social media showcasing artists’ practice and current work.

  • Support from IN | artist run initiative directors including consultations throughout residency and in development for public programming / outcomes. 

  • Should artists choose to run ticketed public programs, 70% of all income will go directly to the artists and 30% to IN for administration support. 



Successful applicants will be required to present a public outcome with your fellow Cell Mate residency artist. This could look like a workshop, exhibition, artist talk, screening, activation, listening party. (Outcome to be agreed upon in consultation with IN directors.)


Contemporary artists working across all art forms are eligible to apply. Artists that are local, First Nations, queer or gender diverse, and/or experience disability are encouraged to apply. 


Please get in touch via with any questions or curiosities. 





To apply please fill in the following form containing:


  • Description of your current practice and how you envisage using the space (max. 300 words)

  • Why are you interested in a collaborative residency? What do you hope to experience through this artistic exchange? In what ways will this residency expand and develop your practice? (max. 300 words) 

  • Support material including: 

  • Up to 10 images (or 5 minutes of video) that are indicative of your current practice and proposed direction for the residency. All images to be saved as: Image 1_Artist name_Artwork title etc. Please provide a list of image details/credits for all images. 

  • CV and short bio (max. 200 words)



Artists who wish to submit Video Applications (instead of a form) for access reasons are welcome to do so. Please notify us via email prior to submission to discuss.


Applications close midnight Friday 28th October 2022. 



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. 



There are no fees attached to this residency. IN | artist run initiative will provide a letter of support if you are applying for funding to support your residency. 

IN | artist run initiative’s headquarters at The Old Lock Up is made possible through the support of Sunshine Coast Council x Arts Coast.


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 Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi people, Traditional Owners of the lands upon which this project is situated.