Back in mid-Feb, The Torch CEO and Barkindji artist Kent Morris joined Take It Blak co-host Jack Latimore (NITV) to discuss The Torch program. They spoke about going into prisons and communities in Victoria to provide First Nations people with cultural connection, healing and the opportunity to make art. Listen below!
Indigenous Arts Officer Tracy Wise was invited to speak at Norman Disney & Young’s Melbourne office last week for the launch of their first Reconciliation Action Plan. Tracy represented in-prison artist Sheldon, who’s work was licensed by the Tetra Tech company. The image of Sheldon’s painting is used on the front cover of their Reconciliation
The Torch CEO Kent Morris was selected to go into the Jan-Mar 2020 edition of Art Collector magazine. The cover story titled ’50 Things Collectors Should Know’ showcases Kent in the ‘Agenda Setters’ section, which highlights three curators, directors and artists set to influence the region in the year to come. The piece talks about the
This Wednesday at 7pm, a short documentary about The Torch program and post-release artist Chris Austin titled Inside Out will air as part of NITV’s Our Stories series. The short was created by local documentary filmmaker Daniel King, who followed long-term participant Chris Austin as he prepares to take part in the 10th anniversary of our annual Confined exhibition.
This year, Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) approached The Torch to facilitate a mural project to be painted on the west wall of the new Protection Unit exercise yard. The wall measures 25 metres in length, and 4.2 metres in height. The Torch brought professional mural mentor Tom Civil on board for the project, and he
The Torch had a fantastic night last night, celebrating the launch of our exhibition Dhumbadha Munga: Talking Knowledge at Metro Gallery. Five of our post-release artists that featured in the exhibition were there on the night: Kelvin Rogers, Renee Gray, Ash Thomas, Ralph Rogers and Marbukk, with Kelvin also making a terrific speech talking about
It’s carrying an important message As one of the eight recipients of the 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, The Torch has chosen to use this valuable brand exposure as an opportunity to shine a light on one of our country’s most harrowing statistics — the rate of incarceration amongst Indigenous Australians. First Nations Australians
We are thrilled to announce that the Australian premiere of ‘The Art of Incarceration’, a feature documentary exploring The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program, has sold out! The screening is taking place on closing night of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (Sunday 28th of July) and will be followed by an Q&A
In our 10th anniversary year, watch post-release artists Chris Austin and Kim Kennedy chat about how the program has shaped their lives. Thank you to the ABC breakfast team for a thoughtful story which also includes an interview with The Torch CEO Kent Morris. This story originally aired 30 Jan 2019.
The Torch is very excited to have been chosen as one of eight Yarra Trams Community Partners for 2019! The Torch will be featuring artwork created from our program on one of Melbourne’s trams in 2019. Stay tuned to see our tram wrap on the world’s largest tram network next year! Our video application for