NAIDOC Week 2024

The Torch proudly supports this year’s NAIDOC Week 2024 theme – Keep the Fire Burning! – Blak, Loud and Proud.

The flame has been the visual symbol of The Torch logo for over 25 years; the original accompanying text was “Art that sparks social change”. In line with this year’s NAIDOC Week 2024 theme, The Torch continues to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experiencing incarceration in Victoria to share their stories through their own voices and to connect with the community through their art and culture.

Nine years ago, on the back of 40 years of advocacy from Victoria’s Indigenous Community, The Torch was able to change government policy in Victoria so that artists connected to The Torch program could sell and license their artworks while in prison. Artists receive 100% of the proceeds to build economic independence upon their release and are also able to provide support for their families whilst incarcerated.

Working collectively, and keeping the fire of creating change burning, we can keep momentum moving forward for justice and equality to reduce the mass incarceration of Indigenous Australians through time-honoured First Nations traditions including cultural learning, expression, sharing and community connection. states “This year’s theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.

“Blak, Loud and Proud” encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

Through our collective efforts, we can forge a future where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the oldest living culture in the world.”