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January 26 is not a day to celebrate Australia

January 26 is the date the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples changed forever. January 26 marks the beginning of dispossession, of children being stolen from their families and of the countless massacres that took place on this land. The Torch artist Ranga illustrates why he thinks January 26 is not a day

Artist Insights: Ranga

Ranga is a Mutti Mutti/Latji Latji artist, usually residing on Wadawarrung Country. He comes from a creative family, but he only started painting when he joined The Torch In-Prison program in 2018. His art practice has helped him to learn patience, keep in control of his emotions and connect to culture and people. When I do

Aaron Duggan (Gunaikurnai/Wurundjeri)

The Torch 2022 Wrap Up

We have been crunching the 2022 numbers and we are pleased to report our team have been able to support more participants, and sell more artworks, than ever before. In 2022 we worked with over 800 First Nations participants in The Torch program and, with your support, sold or licensed over 1,500 artworks, producing $1.1M

The 10th Koorie Art Show features nine artists from The Torch

The 10th Koorie Art Show launched on 3rd December 2022 and runs to 19th February 2023. It features work by nine artists and three staff from The Torch program. Support this milestone First Nations exhibition at Yarra Building, Fed Square or browse all works online here. The Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square takes Koorie

Ten artists learn the art of mural painting

Recently we held a five-day mural training program at Siteworks in Brunswick where we trained up ten artists in the art of mural making – from design, preparation, painting, airbrushing and aerosol work. What a successful week it was – progressing this exciting branch of our organisation and in turn increasing artist opportunity. THANKS SO

Artist Insights: Gumarran

Gumarran is a Yolgnu artist from the north-eastern Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory. He joined The Torch in 2020, and is a post-release participant living near the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. Gumarran’s paintings often incorporate flowing, expressive brushwork and a colour palette that takes inspiration from natural ochre colours, and more recently some

Future Dreaming is open at The Torch’s St Kilda Gallery

Future Dreaming – an exhibition of 263 artworks created by 263 Indigenous artists within Victorian prisons – opened online one week ago. There are currently 140 incredible works available for purchase, and you can now view the works in person. Simply drop in to 46 St Kilda Road, St Kilda on a Wednesday or Friday

Torch Artist Shortlisted in $217m Hospital Expansion

Alfred Carter (Gunaikurnai) has been shortlisted as one of three artists to have their artwork prominently displayed in the new $217 million hospital expansion at Latrobe Regional Hospital! Latrobe Regional Hospital put the call out for Expressions of Interest from experienced Victorian First Peoples artists, to commission visual artwork that will connect their new building

Artwork Licenses Making a Splash

Gunditjmara/Yorta Yorta artist Melissa Bell was over the moon when she heard the Victorian Public Tenants Association licensed her popular ‘Rain Coming Down’ series for their new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tenant Advocacy Pilot Program. The VPTA recently welcomed two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tenant Advocates to their team, Elly and Elsie. These roles are