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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 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 . 




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


Hamish Sawyer | An artist's guide to curatorial perspectives 

An introduction to art curating with independent curator and writer Hamish Sawyer

July 4th | 11-2pm | The Old Lock Up


This introductory workshop on art curation with Hamish Sawyer will guide participants through the elements and practicalities of curating: from developing an exhibition concept, identifying and critiquing theoretical, social, cultural, and historical contexts, selecting artists, and working with institutions and ARIs. Hamish will also talk to the inclusion of an exhibition essay and/or review, the value and significance it lends, and how to approach a writer.

This workshop is open and suited to artists and curators interested in curating or to assist in understanding the role of the curator, the art museum, and art organisations. The workshop will benefit those in any discipline and any stage of career. In this brief overview of the fundamentals of curation, participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to produce solo and group exhibitions, and to assist in framing and locating your art practice.

Participants will have an opportunity to share any ideas and projects in a group discussion led by Hamish. Not currently working on anything and don't have anything to share? That's fine too! Everyone is encouraged to join in the conversation. 

TICKETS | $30 + bf

Find tickets here: A guide to curatorial perspectives | Hamish Sawyer Tickets, Mon 04/07/2022 at 11:00 am | Eventbrite

Spaces are limited. Register ASAP!

Bio | Hamish Sawyer is an independent curator and writer with more than fifteen years experience in programming and management roles across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. Credits: Outerspace Artistic Director (Current) and Caloundra Regional Gallery (2016-19)

Previous projects by Hamish include the recent exhibition at USC Art Gallery: Sandra Selig ‘Exploring giant molecules’, 2022, and Steeper than Legal (co-curated with Marian Tubbs) at Outer Space, Brisbane, 2022. Further projects include Laith McGregor ‘Borrowed Time’ at CRG in 2018. Hamish also led a professional development series commissioned by Sunshine Coast Council for emerging curators at The Old Lock Up in 2021. The outcome of this program was the exhibition Liminal States.























IMAGE | Sandra Selig ‘Exploring giant molecules’, USC Art Gallery, 2022. Image: Carl Warner


ACCESS | GENERAL | IN | artist run initiative is a collective of artists with diverse lived experience and, as such, work towards creating inclusive practice.

If you have specific access needs, or would just like to give us a heads up on something we should consider in the workshop planning, please get in contact with us or note this on your registration. Someone from our team will be in touch if we need further information.

You can also get in touch with us via if you have any questions regarding access. If you need to communicate with us in a different way - e.g. phone / text, send us a quick email there with your preferred method and we'll be in touch.


ACCESS | THE SITE Unfortunately, The Old Lock Up's Gallery Space is not wheelchair accessible. There are 4 x 30cm high stairs linking the yard area to the internal space. Please visit the following link for more info + photos :

We ask any participants who have mobility requirements to specify when purchasing their ticket their access requirements.

At this time, IN | artist run initiative are unable to provide Auslan Interpretation.

Participants who require the presence of a support worker to participate should register a support worker ticket. Support workers are welcome and encouraged to attend.


PARKING | Behind The Old Lock Up there is a large carpark that can be accessed via Corneal Parade.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT | Maroochydore Transit Station is approximately a 7 min walk from The Old Lock Up. Available buses include: 600, 602, 610, 611, 612, 614, 615, 616, 617, 619, 620, 622, 5703, 5708, 5711, 5718, 5781.


Nicholas Tossmann










Nicholas Tossmann


Exhibition Dates | 18 - 26 June

Opening Event | 18th June 5.30pm-8pm

“The absurd refers to one’s inherent need to find meaning in life despite there being no certainty in any meaning. The self is everything that makes us up. It is the combination of what we choose to be and what is inherent to us. Everything we experience is inevitably through the lens of ourselves.” - Nicholas Tossmann

Tossmann’s practice investigates his experience of being a conceptual artist as part of his philosophical search of self and purpose. He explores these ideas methodically by analysing and questioning his art practice, which involves the process of researching, making and critically reflecting. Text, diagrams and mapping are utilized as a self-reflexive approach to art making, often taking the form of performance, installation and moving image. Tossmann's work offers an insight into his oscillating sense of purpose through practice. His work invites a contemplation of the expansive potential of art to question our purpose.

Gallery Hours |

Mon 20th: 11-3pm

Fri 24th: 1-3pm

Sat 25th: 10-3pm

Sun 26th: 12-5pm

ARTIST BIO | Tossmann is a recent graduate from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) and upon graduating was awarded the EyeLine magazine Prize. He has recently completed a 4-month residency with The Walls Ormeau, and a 3-month residency with Level Up, Coolangatta. Tossmann recently exhibited in group exhibitions at Metro Arts and Outer Space. His first solo exhibition is in October 2021, at Wreckers Artspace, Woolloongabba.

Instagram: @nicholastossmann

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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.