Artist Insights: Aaron Duggan

Last week we sat down with Torch participant Aaron Duggan, one of the artists in our post release program, to chat about his artistic journey so far. Aaron is a Gunaikurnai man originally from Gippsland who has been an active and committed participant of the Torch program since 2011, having just started to learn to

Torch Artists paint LIVE in Melbourne CBD for NAIDOC Week

This week four Torch artists were invited to paint LIVE in office buildings throughout Melbourne CBD as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. Artist’s Ash, Thelma, Peter, Mel (and four lucky Torch staff) have been in their element in the past two days – painting some incredible artworks and chatting to interested passers-by and city workers.

Every artist in Confined 13 sells an artwork!

Confined 13 – the flagship event of The Torch – was an overwhelming success this year, with every single exhibiting artist selling their artwork! Confined 13 was an exhibition of 394 artworks by 351 Indigenous artists who are either currently incarcerated or recently released from prisons in Victoria. The vast amount of works in one

New Mural: A Tribute to the Boon Wurrung Culture

The Torch created a new artwork commission as part of Monash University Museum of Art’s ‘Collective Movements’ project. Watch this incredible timelapse of artists Ray Thomas, Sean Miller, Ash Thomas, Trevor Mitchell and Leroy McLaughlin creating this special mural titled ‘A Tribute to the Boon Wurrung Culture’. Collective Movements is a wide-ranging project focusing on

National Reconciliation Week 2022

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. Last year Reconciliation Australia encouraged all Australians to take action; not just in National  Reconciliation Week but

This Weekend at Glen Eira Gallery

Sunday 22nd May, 1pm-5pm Live Painting with Aaron Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield Join Gunaikurnai/Wurundjeri artist Aaron in the live painting of his artworks.  Aaron is a Gunaikurnai man originally from Gippsland who has been an active and committed participant of the Torch program since 2011. Aaron’s style of painting is graphic and bold,

Artist Insights: Peter T

Peter is a Palawa/Gunaikurnai artist who has been exhibiting with The Torch since 2019. One of Peter’s first paintings, ‘No Refuge’, was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. When incarcerated, Peter’s painting practice allowed him to mentally escape the confines of prison to ‘somewhere nice’. Peter had an early career in the scientific glass

This Weekend at Glen Eira Gallery

Saturday 14th May, 1pm-5pm Live Wood Carving with Timothy W Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield Join Wiradjuri artist Timothy W and Gamilaroi artist and Indigenous Arts Officer Sean Miller in live carving of wooden artworks. Location Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield View map Gallery hours Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday

Artist Insights: Jeffrey T

Jeffrey T is a Barkindji artist who has been a part of The Torch program for four years. After his release last year, Jeffrey has been highly active in the community with his art practice and with The Torch directly – working casually in the office and assisting in painting murals. His bright and colourful