Event An Abolitionist Self-audit for Transformative Change

An Abolitionist Self-audit for Transformative Change


5 August 2023

In this workshop, attendees will be encouraged and supported to re-envision their daily lives, artistic practices, and workplaces through an abolitionist lens. Facilitated by Sisters Inside CEO Debbie KilroyBoneta-Marie Mabo, and Ruby WhartonBookings essential.



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

  • Partner:

    Presented in partnership with Sisters Inside

Guest Info
  • Debbie Kilroy OAM is one of Australia’s leading advocates for criminalised women and children. She is the founder and CEO of Sisters Inside, an independent community organisation that advocates for the human rights of women and girls in the criminal legal system. In 2003, Kilroy was awarded the OAM for services to the community for working with women in prison, and in 2004, was awarded the National Human Rights Medal. In 2007, she became the first person with serious convictions to be admitted by the Supreme Court of Queensland to practice law.

    Boneta-Marie Mabo is a proud Meriam/Munbarra artist and prison abolitionist. Walking in the footsteps of her grandfather, the late Eddie Koiki Mabo, she is a passionate activist. In 2017, she collaborated with the Royal Australian Mint in the design of a circulating commemorative 50c coin to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision. In 2016, she was the inaugural artist-in-residence for the State Library of Queensland’s kuril dhagun Indigenous centre. In 2014, she won the People’s Choice award in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Telstra Art Award. Mabo has been Youth Programs Manager at Sisters Inside since 2014.

    Ruby Wharton is a Gamilaraay Kooma Yinnar woman, leading community organiser, and passionate freedom fighter. An organiser within group Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance and advocate with Sisters Inside, Wharton is a strong advocate for change and works alongside community members, collectives, organisations, and others in pursuit of community care.

Installation view, Raphaela Rosella with Dayannah Baker Barlow, Kathleen Duncan, Gillianne Laurie, Tammara Macrokanis, Amelia Rosella, Nunjul Townsend, Laurinda Whitton, Tricia Whitton, and family, 'You'll Know It When You Feel It', 2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.