IMG_6998 (1).HEIC

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 . 




medicament for your predicament


Medicament For Your Predicament is an experimental pharmacy of political medicines.

From antidotes to ire and diuretics for disillusionment to cures for capitalism – tonics, salves, gargles and powders for our soluble and insoluble bodies.

Drawing on her unique sensory, botanic and social practices, artist Cat Jones creates space for participants to share recipes passed down through generations and across diverse communities whilst experimenting with new approaches to collective and mutual care for our complicated times.

open lab!

Take part in OPEN LAB! a hands-on workshop to diagnose matters close to the heart and formulate your very own remedy and recipe for transformation. 

When: Sat 27 – Mon 29 Aug / 9.30am–1pm
Where: IN | artist run initiative, 4 First Ave, Maroochydore QLD 4558
Tickets: From $35 — purchase here, places limited


  • Must be vaccinated to participate (workshop only)

  • Face mask advised

  • Suitable for ages 16 and above (workshop only)

open pharmacy!

Then visit OPEN PHARMACY! an installation and subversive retail space showcasing the medicaments made in OPEN LAB! and serving up quick and dirty prescriptions, medicinal beverages, and the effervescent power of conversation.

When: Thu 1–Fri 2 Sep / 5–7pm 
Where: IN | artist run initiative, 4 First Ave, Maroochydore QLD 4558
Tickets: Free event — register here

creative team 

  • Artist: Cat Jones  

  • Guest Artist: Marissa Georgiou

  • Provocateurs:

    • Ju Row Farr (UK) and

    • Maja Kuzmanovic (BEL)

  • Invigilator Open Pharmacy: Ruby Donohoe

  • Lighting: Neil Simpson

“What makes [Cat Jones’] artworks important is the capacity to experience as a community, large or small, a shift in thinking.”

Image credits | Jacquie Manning and Cat Jones



This project will be presented at IN | artist run initiative by Horizon Festival. 

This project was developed with support from pvi collective, Blast Theory and The Australia Council for the Arts, Performance Space, City of Sydney, Create NSW, Vitalstatistix, and Metro Arts and MAAS Powerhouse. With thanks to Ashley Dowell and Peter Mouatt, Southern Cross University.


Public Installations: In-Sites // with Kellie O'Dempsey ** POSTPONED


New date to be confirmed | 10am - 1pm | The Old Lock Up

WORKSHOP DETAILS | Always been curious or want to get insights into public installation art, its histories, practice and processes? Next up in our INSIGHT Professional Development Workshop Series is with  Brisbane/Sunshine Coast based public installation artist, lecturer, and mentor Kellie O’Dempsey. 


Kellie’s practice develops site-generated installations and performances, incorporating projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, performance and digital drawing. Her diverse practice investigates notions of transformation through improvisation and happenstance, and interrogates public and private space as shared experience.


In this workshop Kellie will share her experience, insights, and incite collaborative discussions on developing site-designed public art installations. Kellie will elaborate on the relationship between location, place, and practice by delving into historical examples of expanded sculpture, site-specific installation, and contemporary site-designed work. Through first hand experience, Kellie will unpack the EOI process and expand on the implications of working in the public realm including medium and site and stakeholder requirements.


Kellie’s performances and exhibitions include: Biennale of Sydney, and MONA FOMA, Hobart, Draw/Delay at White Night Melbourne, Draw to Perform@ N3mber Performance Space London, Kentler International Art Space, Brooklyn, NY and NGA Play at the National Gallery of Australia.


All welcome to attend. Support workers and creative practitioners seeking experience in Access and Inclusion are welcome to attend.

TICKETS | $30 + bf 

Tickets available when new date is confirmed


or contact us with any queries.

Image credit | Thomas Oliver | 'What did you say?" Botanica 2020, Brisbane Botanical Gardens.


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 12 | Louise Mayhew: Communicating Your Practice

JUNE 4 | Liesel Zink: The Collective Body in Public Space

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

JULY 22 | Aha Ensemble: No Refund | Contemporary Performance & The Body ‘As Is’ 

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED | Kellie O’Dempsey: Public Installation - In-Sites

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

Screen Shot 2022-07-12 at 11.57.01 am.png

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!


82758A_ArtsCoast 2019_stacked logo_PMS11CP_TO PRINT-01 (1).png

supported by


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.