The Torch

The Torch supports First Nations people in Victoria whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system to explore their identity and culture through art, and define new pathways for themselves upon release from prison. By embracing participants as artists, The Torch provides an avenue for change.

The program supports the development of self-esteem, confidence and resilience, through cultural strengthening and artistic expression, with the aim of reducing the disproportionately high rates of Indigenous incarceration and recidivism in Victoria. The Torch assists artists to reconnect with culture, earn income from art sales, foster new networks and explore educational and vocational avenues upon their release.