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Past Events

Art4Healing 2022

Art4Healing 2022 was a hybrid fundraiser consisting of a live event, online art auction and raffle draw. The event, held at The Gumbramorra Hall at Addison Road Community Centre, aimed to raise funds for WJN’s youth programs, Healing From Within and My Way Youth Mentoring. The event was made possible by the generous arts community who donated their artwork to be auctioned and the business community who donated prizes for our raffle draw. We also acknowledge the contribution of the women in prison who created artwork specifically for the event.

Rebecca De Unamuno – Host

Rebecca De Unamuno is an award-winning improviser, stand-up comedian, radio host, and voice-over artist. She has appeared on popular TV shows including Just For Laughs Australia, The Chaser’s War On Everything, Comedy Inc, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and Kath and Kim

Rebecca is a regular guest on Thank God It’s Friday and Mornings with Cassie McCullagh on ABC Radio Sydney. Her extensive voice-over work includes Happy Feet 2, working alongside Robin Williams, Sophia Vergara, Hank Azaria and Elijah Wood. 

Rebecca has toured multiple times with Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander and in 2001 she was a member of the winning Improv World Cup team at Just For Laughs, Montreal. She was the first woman in the history of the competition to be named Player of the Tournament.

Wendy Sharpe – Guest Speaker

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists. These include winning the Archibald, (she has been a finalist 7 times) the Sulman Prize 14 times (more than any other artist) and many other prestigious awards and prizes, including a commission as an Australian Official War Artist from the Australian War Memorial (the 1st woman since WW2). 

Wendy created and donated 52 colour pastel drawings for the Her Shoes exhibition with all proceeds going to Lou’s Place women’s shelter. She also  featured in the ABC documentary series Space 22,where 7 individuals with lived experience of mental illness participated in an experiment to test if participating in art could heal invisible wounds. 

Wendy has held over 60 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.

Online Art Auction

We have over 50 artworks (and counting) available to purchase. 

All items being auctioned have been generously donated by the Australian arts community and the women in custody who specifically created the work for this event. WJN wishes to thank every donor for their kindness and generosity.

Bids open on Tuesday 18 October at 12 noon and close Thursday 24 November at 11.59pm .. Attendees of the live event will have the opportunity to exclusively bid on magnificent artwork kindly donated by Wendy Sharpe, and Tim Ferguson and Kate Leutwyler. Don’t miss out on your chance to bid on these selected works.

Please allow 10 business days for delivery after payment is received. Delivery will be negotiated with the purchaser and some may incur delivery charges dependent on location.    

Raffle Draw

We have received over $3,000 worth of prizes, from arts and crafts, sports and leisure, family outings, theatre and film tickets, hampers and more. 

Ticket sales go live on 1 November and ends at 8pm on 24 November and the draw will take place at 8:15pm. 

You don’t need to attend the event to purchase tickets, however the draw will take place at the event and all winners not present will be notified by email on the morning of Friday 25 November 2022.

WJN wishes to thank all the companies that have generously donated to this fundraiser.

Your choice to be an agent of change means you will be helping women and girls like those appearing in these videos.

Watch how the guidance and support of their girl’s participation in the Mentors helped Fran and Ally to rebuild their lives after exiting prison. They are now members of The Women’s Justice Network’s lived experience Advisory Panel and are helping to shape change for women impacted by the criminal justice system.

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Listen to how a young girl’s participation in the Healing from Within Program positively impacted her life and gave her hope for a brighter future.

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“I want to share a video where I discuss my lived experience, my mission to help young women like myself and how this desire shaped the Healing from Within Program by creating a safe space for young women and girls impacted by the juvenile justice system and ‘at risk’ girls in the community.” 

– Ally, former Healing From With Group Facilitator

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Would you like to sponsor or donate to the fundraiser?

We are still accepting artwork donations and prizes for the raffle draw. If you would like to contribute please reach out, we would love to hear from you.

If you like to sponsor the event, $5,000 will see your company recognised for supporting the event with mentions of thanks, on our website, promotional materials, our social media platforms and throughout the evening.

If you are interested please contact [email protected]

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We will be posting updates on the event and additions to the art auction. Be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss out on announcements. Links in the footer.

Have a question?

Please direct all enquiries about this event to [email protected] or call 02 8011 0699.