Treaty for Victoria - First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria

Treaty for Victoria

Allira and Jarvis from the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria visited The Torch to have a yarn about the path to Treaty. After a challenging year, it is heartwarming to hear about the hard work being done by this mob. Treaty is our opportunity to make sure we always have the freedom and power to

Change the Date

26th of January

The 26th of January 1788, is the date Arthur Phillip led the First Fleet into what is now known as Sydney Cove in NSW. He raised a British flag on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation to proclaim British Sovereignty. The date marks the beginning of an unnecessary and brutal colonisation

Matty Chilly

Torch Arts Officer Matty Chilly selected for Blak Design

The Torch is thrilled to announce that Arts Officer Matty Chilly (Wiradjuri/Wemba Wemba/Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta/Waddi Waddi/Barapa Barapa/Gubbi Gubbi peoples) has been selected for the Blak Design program – fashion and textiles. As part of the Blak Design program, Matty will undertake intensive hands-on workshops; learning and refining their fashion and textile skills. They will be

Artist Insights: Sonia

Sonia is a Torres Strait Islander artist with connections to Papua New Guinea. Sonia is well known for her colourful woven baskets which take inspiration from the world around her, memories of childhood, and her Country. Sonia began weaving in prison, learning the technique from her sisters inside. This basket brings back memories of the

Jeffrey Jackson

Artist Insights: Jeffrey Jackson

Jeffrey Jackson is a Mutti Mutti man from north-west Victoria. Jeffrey is a talented painter with over ten years painting experience. Jeffrey paints about his relationship to his Country, particularly the area of Lake Mungo, Yanga and Robinvale. His palette includes the colours of the sand, the earth and the surrounding landscapes and his designs

My Two Daughters

The 11th Koorie Art Show features eleven artists from The Torch

The 11th Koorie Art Show launches on 9th December 2023 and runs to 25th February 2024. It features work by eleven artists (four of which are also staff) from The Torch program. Support this First Nations exhibition at Birrarung Building, Fed Square or browse all works online here. The Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square

Susannah Day and Kent Morris

The Torch Introduces Dual Executive Leadership Team

The Torch is pleased to announce a significant development in its leadership structure. Susannah Day, a Martu woman, will step into the role of CEO, while Kent Morris, a Barkindji man, will assume the position of The Torch’s Creative Director, forming a dual executive leadership team. From its inception in 2011 with just two staff


Artist Insights: Stacey

Stacey is a Taungurung/Boon Wurrung artist and Torch staff member who likes to paint about her journey. This includes the struggles that First Nations people face and the layers of intergenerational trauma that comes with this, including the despair that’s been passed down to her and how she gets through those struggles. Stacey’s grandfather and

Shane Lovett

Artist Insights: Shane Lovett

Shane Lovett is Gunditjmara man from Lake Condah. Painting and music are important components of his healing process, inspiring him and allowing him to express himself and explore his culture and identity. Through his paintings he visually portrays his life experiences and interprets his culture and his family’s stories. The Koori worker in prison encouraged

Artist Insights: Daniel Church

Daniel Church was born on Darug Country and is currently pursuing his cultural arts practice on Gunaikurnai Country in Gippsland, Victoria. His practice predominantly revolves around woodcarving and painting on canvas, which for him is about passing down songlines and cultural sharing. Following the art practices of his ancestors brings him peace and his connection