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The Torch at WNBL Indigenous Round

The Torch is proud to partner with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers for the Women’s National Basketball League Indigenous Round on Saturday March 19th. The WNBL’s inaugural Indigenous Round is an important date in the WNBL calendar, recognising and acknowledging Indigenous culture and people across Australia. Players will be wearing playing singlets designed by an Indigenous

Artist Insights: Dale A

A proud Palawa man, Dale A. has recently made the transition in The Torch’s Program from in-prison artist to in-community artist. Dale paints breathtaking portraits of people who are important to him and that inspire him. He also paints birds which are native to Tasmania, including the yellow-tailed black cockatoos and green rosellas, in collaboration

Artist Bio: Graham Gilbert

Graham Gilbert (Gil) is a Wiradjuri man with connections to central New South Wales. Gil grew up on Wiradjuri land in the country town of Condolbolin. His totem is the goanna (griiawaa), an animal he has dreamt about since he was a young boy and to which he maintains a strong connection to today. Gil’s

We’ve made some changes to our pricing structure for paintings

From 7th February you will have the choice of purchasing a painting from The Torch online shop either as a flat canvas or stretched and ready-to-hang. Most of the paintings that The Torch sells on behalf of the artists in our program we receive as flat canvases. Each painting is priced by our Art Team

Artist Bio: Ash Thomas

Ash is a Yorta Yorta artist who creates detail-orientated paintings that interconnect culture, spirituality and realism. My art practice at the moment is based on my recovery and my journey so I do it each and every day, which seems to work. I love that the torch lets me create what I want, so I

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