CREATION : Deborah Kelly & Collaborators

CREATION by Deborah Kelly
  • Venue

    City Hall View map


    02 October Performance 7:00pm
  • Venue

    The Lock Up View map


    21 Aug - 02 Oct Exhibition open Wednesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    21 Aug - 02 Oct Exhibition open Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm


  • Standard Gala $25, exhibition free

CREATION is an artwork in the form of a “queer, insurrectionary science fiction, climate change religion” instigated by award-winning Sydney-based artist Deborah Kelly. It is a multi-pronged exhibition manifesting across visual art, crowd-sourced wisdom, dance moves, animation, gatherings and (especially for Newcastle) transcendent, glorious collective singing.

Deborah Kelly’s CREATION brings ceremonial, communal climate action to life with regalia, chanting, banners, movement and (ir)reverence. 
Exhibiting at The Lock-Up, CREATION is accompanied by a series of public workshops in costume-making, song, and dance. Working with local artists, choirs, and dancers, the workshops will culminate in a spectacular procession and concert showcasing the “Songs of CREATION” composed by Lex Lindsay. These songs are urgent and provocative, to collectively express frustration with climate inaction and injustice, and to honour life’s beauty and potential. Deborah Kelly and collaborators will stage an ornate choral procession across Newcastle, adorned in rich regalia, performing musical works based on poems by Ellen van Neerven, Evelyn Araluen, Jinghua Qian, Virginia Barratt and Heather Grace Jones. 

The performance work will be presented at the New Annual glorious gala closing event on Sunday 2 October 2022. Or simply take in the visual beauty of Deborah Kelly's work at The Lock-Up.


Instigating artist Deborah Kelly, in collaboration with Music Director Lex Lindsay, Choir Captains Kit Spencer and Natasha Rusterholz, Choreographer Cadi McCarthy and Catapult Dance with a host of local singers and dancers. 

Performance 60mins.
Art Exhibition Performance VisualArt