The Torch plays an important role in supporting Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders to tell their stories, connect with the community and reintegrate back into society.
My totem is the emu. I love colours and mix them with creative ideas about Tasmanian emu’s. Thelma Beeton (Palawa)
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)
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)
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.