During the COVID 19 Pandemic 122 Indigenous artists were confined to Victorian prisons. Not being able to see their family and friends, it was very stressful and sad times. With the support of the Torch, these talented artist were able to express themselves and find some peace. The Torch program offers new pathways through art and cultural learning. They provide art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria.
The Torch aim is to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through art programs to define new pathways upon release. This year, The Torch have launched the 'Future Dreaming...visions of the future' online exhibition 100% of all sales go directly to the artist.
Sean Miller has been part of the program himself and with his passion and care for others, he now delivers the Art in Prisons program. He yarn with Natasha about the importance of connection to art and Culture and the healing that has transpired through the Torch this year. thetorch.org.au/.../future-dreaming-visions-of.../ Each artwork is 30 x 30 cm and priced between $200-$300.
"Being away from all my family hurts. But when I paint the blue wren it makes me think about the future when we will all be back together. Dreaming about the day all our paths bring us back together on our Country." Jaye, Gunaikurnai people, Coming Together 2020
We provide art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria. Our aim is to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through art programs to define new pathways upon release. The Torch 122 Indigenous artists confined to Victorian prisons during the pandemic have painted a brighter future for themselves, their families, their communities, their Countries and the world as a whole.