Waa the Protector

Update from The Torch: COVID-19 Response

As a valued member of the Torch community, we want to update you on The Torch’s response to the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic.

As we all navigate through uncharted waters, The Torch is committed to maintaining delivery of the Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program through innovative and adaptive methods that don’t require person to person contact. It will be challenging but we are determined and are already planning, implementing and developing unique approaches to both our In-Prisons and In-Community programs.

The First Nations artists connected to The Torch are all at risk of being additionally vulnerable during this time. We are maintaining as much contact with them as possible and we would ask that you do too by visiting our website and our Facebook and Instagram pages to engage with their artworks, culture and stories.

The purchase and licensing of artworks are available and continuing through this period so please browse our online gallery and make contact! Our art team has devised appropriate processes for the pick up or delivery of purchased artworks.

In line with recent developments regarding COVID-19, The Torch office and gallery will be closed until further notice. All staff will be working remotely and are contactable via phone and email. Our phone number and staff email contacts are on our website.

Our annual CONFINED exhibition, showcasing recent artworks by over 250 Indigenous men and women participating in The Torch program, will go ahead in either a physical or virtual form from May 14 – June 7. Please stay tuned for updates!

We encourage you all to follow guidelines to protect your health and the health of those around you. Please stay informed and safe.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Torch Team

Image: Stacey (Taungurong/Boon Wurrung peoples) Waa the Protector 2019