No Gatton Women’s Prison is a community group that is organising to end prison privatisation and prison expansion in Queensland.
Join No Gatton Women’s Prison for Yarn Night. An evening of poetry, storytelling and art. We will hear yarns from emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander poets, stories from criminalised women and you will have the opportunity to purchase art from First Nations artists at our silent auction.
The speakers for the evening include:
– Debbie Kilroy OAM, Sisters Inside CEO & Principal Solicitor at Kilroy & Callaghan Lawyers
A former prisoner, Debbie has driven the development of Sisters Inside since the 1990s and was the first person convicted of serious criminal offences admitted to practice law in Australia. As CEO of Sisters Inside, Debbie has consistently advocated for the abolition of prisons; actively contributed to decarceration; spoken out against discrimination and abuse of prisoners; and lobbied for independent monitoring of human rights in women and children’s prisons. Debbie is also the Principal Solicitor at Kilroy and Callaghan Lawyers, a qualified social worker and has a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health.
– Melissa Lucashenko, an award-winning Goorie writer from Meanjin-Brisbane
Melissa has recently published her sixth novel, Too Much Lip, following on from the critical success of Mullumbimby, which won the Qld De Loitte Fiction Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights group Sisters Inside.
There will also be a silent auction featuring artwork by Judy Watson and artwork from Milani Gallery.
– Judy Watson’s Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland
In 2015 Judy was the recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts Award. Judy’s process lies in revealing hidden stories within Country, working from site and memory, revealing Indigenous histories, following lines of emotional and physical topography that centre on particular places and moments in time. In 2016 her works: living well, murri kitchen and fragments have been installed in the grounds of the Townsville Hospital. In 2016 Watson produced two new works. One of these is yara, an artwork featuring steel feather forms, mapping and text which was installed at Flinders University, Adelaide. Ngarunga nangama: calm water dream, featuring engraving, pigment and light on sandstone, which has been unearthed from the site, has been installed at 200 George Street, Sydney. Judy’s work is also currently displayed at the University of Queensland in two exhibitions: Concealed Histories and Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial.
All money raised from the silent auction will be donated to Sisters Inside’s Supreme Court Bail Program to assist women on remand to secure accommodation upon release from prison.
No Gatton Women’s Prison merchandise sales (t-shirts, totes and jewellery) and 10% of all drink purchases on the night from the Wandering Cooks bar will be donated to Sisters Inside’s Supreme Court Bail Program.
Food will be available to purchase at Wandering Cooks. This event is wheelchair accessible. There is limited street parking available.