Aaron Duggan (Gunaikurnai/Wurundjeri)
The Torch has shown me a way of making money without crime and changed the way I earn a living. I can show I’m a better man.

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 in income for our artists.

The Torch continues to grow year on year. We currently have 23 staff members, and have just posted two roles on our job’s page. If you are interested to know more about becoming an Indigenous Arts Officer or Finance Manager with The Torch, then please get in touch.

Last year we curated two major exhibitions, as well as six bespoke/partner exhibitions. Confined 13 highlighted the over-representation of First Nations Australians in the criminal justice system, and we were blown away to have a sell out show, giving 349 unique artists the self-belief and monetary benefits that go hand in hand with selling an artwork.

Future Dreaming gave our in-prison participants a chance to showcase their work as they continued to be impacted by long lockdown periods. 207 artists have sold their work, leaving just 55 affordable artworks for sale.

Last year also saw the growth of our Projects Team, completing 11 projects and running a successful five-day mural workshop for ten of our participants.

Each mural project provides post-release artists with a platform to connect, explore and share their culture through art, defining new pathways forward, whilst diversifying their skills and experience.

We are so grateful to our supporters, staff and the men and women in our program for the growth of our community organisation, and look forward to 2023 being another step in the right direction. Thank you for supporting an organisation that is addressing the over-representation of First Nations people in Victorian prisons, one artwork at a time.