The Lock-Up

Caitlin Dempsey, Lucas Grogan, Jumaadi, Marikit Santiago and Jodie Whalen.

I Love You Melissa

Well-known for its startlingly brutal architecture and melancholic past, The Lock-Up is a historic site long-associated with dominance, oppression and sadness. Found scrawled up a upon the walls one of the historical cells are the words I Love You Melissa, a tiny memento, in amongst a building’s history of despair and sorrow, love was and is ever present. Using this piece of graffiti as the curator’s muse, five contemporary artists have been selected to respond accordingly, showering The Lock-Up in love – love of the familial, love as devotion, lust, longing, love of lovers and lovers lost. Curated by Courtney Novak and featuring artists Caitlin Dempsey, Lucas Grogan, Jumaadi, Marikit Santiago and Jodie Whalen.

1 Jun - 21 Jul

The Lock-Up

90 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300

www.thelockup.org.au