Event Reimagine Our Communities: Poetry, Poster Making, and Prison Abolition

Reimagine Our Communities: Poetry, Poster Making, and Prison Abolition


20 May 2023

Prison abolition requires us to reimagine our communities without relying on policing, prisons, and punishment, creating a more just, equitable, and compassionate world rooted in principles of care and collective liberty.

Join Meanjin-based artists and prison abolitionists Boneta-Marie Mabo and Ruby Wharton to reimagine our communities through creative approaches to poetry, poster making, and prison abolition.

Free and open to all, this drop-in workshop accompanies the socially engaged exhibition You’ll Know It When You Feel It. The IMA Courtyard will be activated with a new banner made by women and girls supported by prison-advocacy organisation Sisters Inside Inc.


COVID-19 Advice

The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. ⁠



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.

To find out more, contact us at ima@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 Inc. and in association with Museum of Brisbane and BAD.

Image: Dayannah Baker Barlow, Kathleen Duncan, Gillianne Laurie, Tammara Macrokanis, Amelia Rosella, Raphaela Rosella, Nunjul Townsend, Laurinda Whitton, Tricia Whitton and family, 'You'll Know It When You Feel It' (installation detail), 2011–2022. Photo: Raphaela Rosella.

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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.