The Torch’s Confined Exhibition wins a HART Award

This year, The Torch received the Champions of Reconciliation Award at this year’s HART Awards for the annual Confined exhibition. Confined 12 began as an in-person and online exhibition this year, but COVID-19 restrictions pushed us to take the event online-only for the second year in a row. Our supporters were not phased by this

Torch Artist Melissa Bell Commissioned by Respect Victoria

Melissa Bell, Gunditjmara/Yorta Yorta woman and one of the post-release artists in The Torch program was commissioned by Respect Victoria to paint an artwork for various corporate documents including their Reconciliation Action Plan. Joining The Torch program, I didn’t think that I would get this far in life. I’m proud of myself and I am

Future Dreaming Exhibition Sells Out!

Future Dreaming was an exhibition of artworks created within Victorian prisons during 2021. It was launched on 11th November and wrapped up on 17th December 2021. We are so pleased to report that Future Dreaming was an overwhelming success and sell out show. During the online-only exhibition 205 of 205 artworks sold, raising $49,900 for

The Torch Artists & Staff among award winners at 9th Koorie Art Show

The 9th Koorie Art Show launched on 4th December 2021 and we are thrilled that Torch artists and staff were among the winners of the Award categories. Palawa artist Thelma Beeton took home the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award for her stunning artwork Multicultural. Indigenous Arts Officer with The Torch and Barkindji/Ngiyaamppa woman Tracy

The Torch Artist’s Create Container Mural

In an effort to raise awareness for the protection of marine biodiversity throughout Oceania, ANL & CMA CGM have created an outdoor container artwork exhibition in the Docklands. Featuring 8 containers, each mural has been created by an artist of different cultural background and style, showcasing both the rich appreciation for life below water shared

The Torch Holiday Hours & Delivery Information

Searching for the perfect Christmas gift on our Online Shop? To allow for artwork stretching, please place orders for unstretched paintings by Friday December 3rd if you would like your artwork to be stretched and posted in time to arrive before Christmas. If you have selected an artwork that is already stretched, please order by

Artist Insights: Mark O’Callaghan

Mark O’Callaghan is a Kurtijar man who has been painting with the Torch since 2015. His arts practice has been a journey of reclamation and has given him the opportunity to learn more about his culture and family. Being a member of the Stolen generation, Mark describes feeling lost, unsure of who he was and

Future Dreaming: Healing Through Art

Jack* is an established artist who had experienced a lot of success with his visual arts practice. Unfortunately Jack had been battling some mental health and drug abuse issues over the last couple of years and found himself in prison. He was supported by the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Worker and Aboriginal Programs staff in

Confined 12 Thank You Packs

Thelma and Ash, two of The Torch In Community artists, came into the office last week to put together Thank You packs for all of the 331 artists whose works were exhibited in Confined 12 earlier this year. Each year, after the Confined exhibition, The Torch produces a full-colour catalogue of all the artworks in

The Torch wins the City of Melbourne 2021 Aboriginal Melbourne Award

On Saturday, The Torch staff were excited to go along to the Melbourne Awards as The Torch was a finalist in the Aboriginal Melbourne – Kommargee Ketherba award. They were even more excited when The Torch was announced as the winner of this award! Now in its 19th year, the Melbourne Awards are the City