Prime Meat at Pokolbin Pride

Pokolbin Pride founders and directors, Jimmy and Matty Kerr, reveal controversial art work Prime Meat, and announce the inaugural 2018 Pokolbin Pride LGBTQI Portrait Prize, hosted by Tamburlaine Organic Wines.

Prime Meat is a digital work by 23year-old Wollongong based artist Nick Prentoski of Toski Designs. Prentoski is Pokolbin Pride’s 2017 Artist in Residence.

The piece was commissioned to highlight to the tension, division, anger and hurt that has been caused by the Australian Government’s unnecessary Same Sex Marriage Survey within the both the LGBTQI and broader community.

“We also hope to ease some of this anger and distress, by poking fun at our former prime minister Tony Abbott and the ridiculousness of the out-dated views held by him and many like him,” says Jimmy Kerr.

The exhibition is not the first time Pokolbin Pride has showcased art by LGBTQI community members. Last year, artist ‘Nordacious’ headlined the Art Expo, with pieces inspired by the cult movie Muriel’s Wedding. This exhibition has now moved to Muse Clinic in Darlinghurst, Sydney and will open in November 10, to coincide with Muriel’s Wedding, The Musical.

“The success of last year, and having now worked closely with Nick Prentoski over the past few months, has sparked the idea that we should open the annual exhibition for both established and upcoming artists to create and submit a portrait piece of a prominent LGQBTI Australian, to be entered in to an Archibald Prize type competition,” says Kerr.

“We hope to award the winners with a sizeable grant to continue their work, as well as to raise money for ACON, as we do with the entire Pokolbin Pride festival each year. We will be releasing more on that very soon, along with details on how people can enter and who our corporate sponsors will be.”

Prime Meat will be on display at Tamburlaine Organic Wines for the duration of the Pokolbin Pride Festival (October 20-22), along with several other artworks by Prentoski, featuring well-known faces from the LGBTIQ community, celebrities and more.

Pokolbin Pride attendees can view the exhibition from 10am to 4pm daily during the course of the festival.

About the artist:

Nick Prentoski is a 23-year old self-taught digital artist from Wollongong, NSW. He works in Illustrator and Photoshop to create his work.

Prentoski, who identifies as Gay says: “My work is all about acceptance and the message that love and compassion can come from a single piece of art.

“With this particular piece, it felt great to know I was creating something for our community, which will bring a smile to people’s faces.”

“I was humbled to be asked to be a part of Pokolbin Pride. It has been an amazing journey to work with Matty, Jimmy and the team and I am so proud to be exhibiting my work at the festival.”

Prints of his work are available from the Pokolbin Pride website with all profits going to support ACON the festival’s community partner.

And the only winner of the Plebiscite is…

I came home tonight to find my husband in tears.

He had just deleted a post on social media, on the LGBTIQ community page Pokolbin Pride, slating the LGBTIQ community and he and I personally (as the organisers of Pokolbin Pride) as bullies. At the same time my husband banned the FB user responsible for the post from the page. Minutes later a friend and what looked like family member of the banned user reposted the same rant.

My husband has now removed himself from social media. “I’m logging out of social media until this whole plebiscite is over. I’m physically and emotionally drained. My mental health has suffered immensely and I can’t look at any more comments or shares regarding the no vote. I have tried my hardest to push the yes vote but can’t do it anymore. If you need me, Call or message me or contact Jimmy on Facebook,” Matty Kerr.

The Turnbull Government has made it illegal for broadcast media to refuse to run campaigns. The legislation excluded print and online media.

I will leave to one side the wrongness of the government getting involved in private decisions between legal entities on political advertising for now.

If a media owner wants to back a particular view or refuse advertising from a political group they should be allowed. Their customers will decide if it was a good decision.

Two weeks ago the Cessnock Advertiser owned by Fairfax Media chose to allow the Kurri Kurri Congregational Church through Rev. P Graham to run a full page advert promoting No to Same Sex Marriage.

Our community, the local LGBTIQ community, were and remain hurt by the untruths in the advert and frankly un-Christian tone it took.

We took to social media to share the hurt and chose as a group to review the Cessnock Advertiser’s decision via their Facebook page. Within 12 hours their review score had dropped from more than 4 stars to less than 2. The Cessnock Advertiser then decided to remove the opportunity for public review from their FB page.

An additional response to the running of the No advert was a local crowd funding campaign to run a Yes advert. Funds were raised and the advert ran today. The Cessnock Advertiser happy to take Yes money as much as No money.

Another full page No advert ran today at the same time as the Yes advert.

There were no reviews two weeks ago from the local community supporting the Cessnock Advertiser’s decision to run the No advert.

The review functionality remains turned off on their FB page. Perhaps if this feature was turned on again the readers would be able to share their support or otherwise for the advertising decisions made over the last few weeks.

Through our businesses my husband and I had committed a fairly significant sum to advertising across Fairfax’s titles on and off line. As a result of their decision to run No adverts we will never spend money with Fairfax again. We encourage Yes voters to boycott their titles and cancel any planned advertising.

The editorial and advertising team were well within their legal rights to refuse No money and they decided otherwise.

Today we were contacted by the Newcastle Herald another Fairfax title as they are planning to run an LGBTIQ feature pull-out on the weekend of Pokolbin Pride.

Their salesperson wrote this “The format of this feature is strictly non-political in relation to the current postal survey. Its sole focus is to support the LGBTIQ community in the region, inform interested readers on the history of the Pride movement in the region and cover events, venues, support services and other related articles of general interest to the LGBTIQ community including the float entry for the next Mardi Gras.”

I wrote back explaining that Pokolbin Pride was a not for profit community festival the only one of it’s kind the Newcastle and Hunter Region. Did we need to “pay for advertising to get coverage in the pull out.”

The response “As with all our features we invite editorial submissions from supporting advertisers…. Pokolbin Pride will be covered whether you advertise or not but we cannot guarantee the level of coverage it will get. Along with the general interest editorial our supporting paid advertisers, some of who are non-for-profit organisations, will get priority with their events and services as well.”

Our feeling is that the pull-out is a shameless attempt to extract dollars from LGBTIQ groups on the back of the plebiscite and neither our businesses nor Pokolbin Pride will be supporting it.

The only winners of the Plebiscite are Australia Post and the media running the campaigns.

  • Turnbull regardless of the result is done for at the next election.
  • The public’s lack of faith in the political system has definitely increased.
  • The Yes campaign, whilst it looks like a positive result, have not so far rebutted the No campaign with the vigour that is needed to protect our community properly.
  • The No campaign will likely and hopefully go down in history as one of the last times inhumane, fascist, sexist, racist and homophobic views were given airtime in a seemingly civilised democracy.

Matty and I encourage YES voters of any sexual or political persuasion to join us and hundreds of others at Pokolbin Pride on the 20-22nd October for music, fun, great wine and food and a celebration of love and kindness.

Yes that is plug for our Festival, this is our media channel and we will do what we like with it.

Love will win,

Jimmy & Matty Kerr

You can help create our art history


You can help create a piece of art and history…

According to the 2016 Census published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are just over 46,800 same-sex couples in Australia. We know there are lots more…
As part of this year’s Art Expo hosted by Tamburlaine Organic Wines at Pokolbin Pride we want to create a piece of history depicting as many LGBTIQ relationships as we can with photography.
Send a picture of your relationship to jimmy@pokolbinpride.com.au to be a part of the work.

By sending or uploading your image to our FB page you give unlimited permission for its reproduction as part of Pokolbin Pride activity.

Many thanks

Jimmy & Matty Kerr xxx

This initiative is only possible with support from our community partner ACON & corporate partner Aurizon.

Free Transport


Free Transport for Pokolbin Pride 

Some excellent news… 

We are delighted to announce that Aurizon Group, who employee many hundreds of people in the Hunter Valley region, have made a significant donation to help make Pokolbin Pride happen in 2017.

Part of the donation is being used to fund bus shuttle transfers between Hunter Tent Stay and Pokolbin.

The campsite is the ONLY remaining affordable accommodation option this year due to so much happening in the Valley.

Camping starts at $89 per person for two nights including breakfast. There are plenty of BYO and ‘get them to do it’ glamping options available.

There will be free transport available from the campsite to Peterson House for the Bubbles & Beats Party on Friday 20th October. The last bus will leave Peterson House at 11.45pm on Friday night.

There will be free transport from Hunter Tent Stay to all participating venues throughout the day and for the evening Party at Tamburlaine Organic Wines on Saturday 21st October. The last bus will leave Tamburlaine at 12.30am on Saturday.

There will be free transport available all day from Hunter Tent Stay including the Ivanhoe Easy Sunday Recovery Party on 22nd October. The last bus returning guests to the campsite will leave Ivanhoe Wines at 4.30pm and Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen at 4.45pm.

You will need to show the driver a valid ticket for a Pokolbin Pride 2017 event to use the bus service.

Buses will be provided based on the number of guests booked at the campsite for Pokolbin Pride.

Buses will only stop at Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen and Peterson House. Anyone deemed unfit for travel will be refused by the driver. Please behave and let us make this a part of of every Pokolbin Pride in the future.

Please book your camping now, book your tickets now and let us make your Pokolbin Pride experience a fabulous one.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Aurizon and their generous donation.

See you next month at Pokolbin Pride.

Matty & Jimmy Kerr xxx

Yes, Yes, Yes


Here’s my 5c worth after some very deep thought and Google research along with illegally marrying my darling husband last December. These are the views of Jimmy Kerr personally a Founder of Pokolbin Pride and no one else.

  • 1 in 5 straight people get married more than once.
  • 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce.

Less straight people got married in 2015 than in 2014 (the last accurate numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

11% and growing; the proportion of marriages that are second marriages for both parties.

More than 70% of marriages are overseen by a Civil Celebrant rather than a Priest or religious celebrant. Marriage is no longer a Christian or religious property by any stretch of the imagination.

Dissecting the statistics one time, life long marriage between a Christian man and a woman accounts for less than 10% of all new marriages.

Marriage as an solid social, let alone Christian, institution is pretty much non-existent in our society.

The LGBTIQ community includes 46,800 same-sex couples according to the 2016 census results. Many of whom who have been in hidden stable relationships for a lot longer than their straight counterparts.

Allowing these relationships to be included in Marriage statistics by extending the right to marry would go a long to immediately ‘save’ the institution of Marriage from a statistical perspective.

11% of the Australian population identify as LGBTIQ allowing us the right to get married opens up the institution to about two million potential new customers.

Let’s give everyone the chance to screw it up even further.

Or perhaps, just perhaps let’s give 11% of adults the opportunity to give marriage another chance at success and reinvigorate for generations to come.

Vote Yes. 

Because a no vote is a not just inhumane judgement on 11% of the population similar to racism or sexism in the last century: a No vote is a vote of no confidence in the institution of marriage as viable vehicle for our social structures in the future.

Facts for this opinion from;

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3310.0

http://mccrindle.com.au/the-mccrindle-blog/marriages-in-australia
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/census-2016-data-reveals-australian-residents-older-and-increasingly-faithless/news-story/e943c28e1e9f5c72759e3f1a3387fb82

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/face-facts-lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-and-intersex-people

2016 Pokolbin Pride Launch

On Saturday 4th June we hit 3000 followers on Facebook and officially launched the 2016 Festival;

  • Community Survey Open (closes 10pm Friday 17th June)
  • Public Consultation Meetings Sunday 19th June to Tuesday 22nd June (Checkout the Facebook page)
  • Partner  Development Meetings 23rd June to 30th June
  • Festival Calendar Launch 9am Monday 4th July
  • Campaign Launch Monday 8th August
  • Festival Launch Thursday 20th October 2016
  • Festival Closing BBQ Monday 24th October 2016

Pokolbin Pride Launch Press Release June 8th 2016

Media Coverage so far…

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