Chris Austin’s first official prison visit as Indigenous Program Mentor

Today Chris Austin had his first official prison visit as Indigenous Program Mentor. After over 30 years in and out of prisons as an inmate, visiting Beechworth Correctional Centre as a mentor was a momentous day for both Chris and The Torch! Chris travelled to the prison with Indigenous Arts Officer Tracy Wise to catch

Torch Artwork features on LiverWELL’s Aboriginal Healthy Living Guide

Caring for Country and for collective wellbeing is something our First Nations have done for over 65,000 years. Building on that strength, and informed by community and artists, LiverWELL have launched a customised Guide that offers multiple tips and current links to support healthy living. The Guide was designed by graphic designer and Torch Indigenous

Happy Holidays from The Torch!

On behalf of all the men and women in our program, staff and Board we would like to thank you for your incredible support in what has been an extraordinary year. In 2020, your support has allowed us to be active with 600+ participants in and out of Victorian prisons, sell 885 artworks, license artists’ artworks 97 times and

The Torch teams up with Latrobe Valley GovHub

Fulham Correctional Centre in Gippsland has allowed Torch artists to expand their skills by introducing them to traditional Koori burning techniques, resulting in the creation of breathtaking wood-carved tables. This has led to an incredible opportunity with Morwell’s new GovHub building. GovHub developer, Castlerock, contacted The Torch to establish a partnership, allowing our artists to

The Torch are in the Linden Postcard Show

We are excited to announce that we have entered 12 gorgeous works in this year’s Linden Postcard Show. In lieu of our annual exhibition Dhumbadha Munga, that celebrates the ongoing cultural collaboration between our artists and their Arts Officer, this year we have submitted 5 artworks by the professional Indigenous artists on staff and 7

The Torch Holiday Hours & Delivery Information

Please place your order on our online shop by Thursday December 10th to ensure your item arrives by post in time for Christmas, or Wednesday December 23rd to collect in store. The Torch will close from Thursday December 24th to Sunday January 3rd. All online orders during this period will be processed and shipped after

Artist Insights: Wade Traplin

Wade is a Kuku Yalanji artists who was taught to paint by his big brother, Ray. His paintings are richly textured with intricate double dot work and he has developed a technique of warping his line work to give shape and dimension. His favourite subjects are animals that are full of life and expression, and

Blak Design – Expressions of Interest Open

Blak Design is an exciting four-year initiative by the Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) to foster Victorian First Nations led innovation within the design sector and provide a platform for nurturing sustainable, Indigenous-led and operated design businesses. Each year, Blak Design will focus on a different design discipline, providing mentoring in design, production, and small business

8th Koorie Art Show 2020 – Call for entries

Presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust, the Koorie Art Show is one of the most important annual exhibitions that showcases the diverse talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living in Victoria.  The show is an open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition, presenting the works of emerging, mid-career and senior First Nations Victorian artists, designers and