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The Torch Christmas Hours & Delivery Information

The Torch will close from Monday 23rd Dec to Tuesday 7th Jan. All online orders during this period will be processed and shipped on Monday 13th Jan. Please also note the following bullet points relating to opening hours and shipping information: All orders made from Wednesday 18th Dec will most likely arrive after Christmas Day

The Torch to feature on NITV’s ‘Our Stories’ series on 11th Dec 2019

This Wednesday at 7pm, a short documentary about The Torch program and post-release artist Chris Austin titled Inside Out will air as part of NITV’s Our Stories series. The short was created by local documentary filmmaker Daniel King, who followed long-term participant Chris Austin as he prepares to take part in the 10th anniversary of our annual Confined exhibition.

MAP Mural Planning Meeting

Work gets underway on a 25-metre Mural at Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP)

This year, Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) approached The Torch to facilitate a mural project to be painted on the west wall of the new Protection Unit exercise yard. The wall measures 25 metres in length, and 4.2 metres in height. The Torch brought professional mural mentor Tom Civil on board for the project, and he

2019 Dhumbadha Munga Exhibition Launch

The Torch had a fantastic night last night, celebrating the launch of our exhibition Dhumbadha Munga: Talking Knowledge at Metro Gallery. Five of our post-release artists that featured in the exhibition were there on the night: Kelvin Rogers, Renee Gray, Ash Thomas, Ralph Rogers and Marbukk, with Kelvin also making a terrific speech talking about

Have you seen The Torch tram around?

It’s carrying an important message As one of the eight recipients of the 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, The Torch has chosen to use this valuable brand exposure as an opportunity to shine a light on one of our country’s most harrowing statistics — the rate of incarceration amongst Indigenous Australians. First Nations Australians

‘The Art of Incarceration’ sells out

We are thrilled to announce that the Australian premiere of ‘The Art of Incarceration’, a feature documentary exploring The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program, has sold out! The screening is taking place on closing night of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (Sunday 28th of July) and will be followed by an Q&A

Confined 10 celebrated on ABC TV

In our 10th anniversary year, watch post-release artists Chris Austin and Kim Kennedy chat about how the program has shaped their lives. Thank you to the ABC breakfast team for a thoughtful story which also includes an interview with The Torch CEO Kent Morris. This story originally aired 30 Jan 2019.

2019 Yarra Trams Community Partner!

The Torch is very excited to have been chosen as one of eight Yarra Trams Community Partners for 2019! The Torch will be featuring artwork created from our program on one of Melbourne’s trams in 2019. Stay tuned to see our tram wrap on the world’s largest tram network next year! Our video application for

The Torch Collection book launch

Jeff Kennett launched The Torch’s very first publication on Thursday 13th December 2018! The Torch has published a stunning, hard copy coffee table book ‘Indigenous Artists, A Selection of the Best – THE TORCH COLLECTION’. This book celebrates the strength of artwork created through the program in 152 pages, featuring 126 artworks from 77 men

First recipients of the Palais Theatre Community Fund!

The Torch is pleased to be one of the very first recipients of the Palais Theatre Community Fund! Thanks to the Palais Theatre, Live Nation and City of Port Phillip. These funds will go towards custom built storage units to help The Torch store increased artworks from participants in our program at our office in