Artist Insights: Wade Traplin

Wade is a Kuku Yalanji artist who was taught to paint by his big brother, Ray. His paintings are richly textured with intricate double dot work and he has developed a technique of warping his line work to give shape and dimension. His favourite subjects are animals that are full of life and expression, and

Two new Indigenous Arts Officers join The Torch

Please join us in welcoming Clare and Bianca to The Torch family, coming on board as Indigenous Arts Officers! The Torch’s Indigenous Arts Officers are integral to The Torch program and we are excited to have two extremely talented women take up the positions. Clare Williams is a Wiradjuri woman with a passion for art

The Torch is now a proud member of The Indigenous Art Code!

The Torch is now a proud member of The Indigenous Art Code! Indigenous Art Code members undergo a rigorous application process to demonstrate a commitment to fair and ethical business with First Nations artists. It means we value transparency in the sale and promotion of work, which gives our artists greater self-esteem, confidence, and improves

The Torch selected as official Charity Partner of Affordable Art Fair Melbourne

The Torch is proud to have been selected as the official Charity Partner of Affordable Art Fair Melbourne. Held over four days in September, the event will showcase original contemporary artworks from over 40 carefully curated galleries, including The Torch. You and a friend are invited to be a guest of The Torch at the

The Torch Partners with Schwartz Media

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Schwartz Media – the publisher that brings you The Saturday Paper, The Monthly magazine and the daily podcast 7am. These outlets offer a nuanced examination of Australia and the world, focused on fresh insight and literary expression. We are pleased to be partnering with a group

Torch CEO Kent Morris part of the Gallery in the Sky

As part of Crema Constructions Gallery in the Sky initiative, the Melbourne-based building company partnered with The Torch CEO Kent Morris whose artwork is currently on display at 263 William Street, 15 stories in the sky. The Gallery in the Sky program is a charitable initiative established by Crema Group in 2015. Every year, Crema

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