The Torch invited our In Prison program participants to dream of a brighter future. Over 150 participants embraced this challenge.Future Dreaming exhibition is online from 11th November 2021.
I love the idea that someone has seen my painting and loved what I’ve done, and paid their money, and have it on display in their home. It gives me so much pride.Flick Chafer-Smith (Ngarrindjeri)
In the past I was a crook, you know, a jail bird, but now I am an artist. My daughter is so proud of that. I never used to think of myself that way.Chris Austin (Gunditjmara)
The Torch program is one of the best things that ever happened in prison since sliced bread. That’s to my certain knowledge.Uncle Jack Charles (Boonwurrung/Dja Dja Wurrung)
We provide art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria. Our aim is to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through art programs to define new pathways upon release.
100% of the sale price goes directly to the artist.
There are many ways you can get involved in The Torch’s work and do your part for the Indigenous men and women in our in-prison and post-release programs.