Confined 10 | The Torch celebrates a ten-year milestone

The Torch celebrates a ten-year milestone with the presentation of ‘Confined 10’, an exhibition delivered annually under the Statewide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community (SIAPC) program aimed at nurturing positive change and rehabilitation.

‘Painting has given me a lot of faith in myself, more confidence and I have a stronger connection with community’ – Ray Traplin, Kuku Yalangi.

Jeffrey Jackson, Sands of Time Lake Mungo, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 99 x 152cm. Courtesy the artist and The Torch, Melbourne

‘Confined 10’ showcases a vibrant display of over 200 works by Indigenous men and women artists who are currently in, or have been released from Victorian prisons and is on show at Carlisle Street Arts Space, Melbourne until 27 February. The large number of works on view are a strong visual metaphor for the over-representation of Aboriginal people in Australia’s criminal justice system.

The exhibition is part of the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Indigenous arts and cultural festival, gathering at O’Connell Gardens in St Kilda on Saturday 2 February, which will host a day of free family-friendly activities and will feature dancers, artists, live music, food, market stalls and workshops.

The SIAPC initiative is a platform for participants to explore their Aboriginal culture and identity, develop artistic practice, tell their stories and connect with community, and provides a pathway to generate sustainable income from the sale of artworks.