Confined 10 – an exhibition showcasing artworks by Indigenous artists in or recently released from prisons in Victoria - is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
Held since 2009, this year’s exhibition is the largest ever held. Hosting over 200 artworks from more than 200 indigenous artists, this show is the result of The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program, which has received increased funding from the Victorian government for the next three years.
"The Torch program is growing in size and scope each year. It’s success and grassroots ‘no nonsense’ approach based on Indigenous knowledge and support systems, attracted the increase in funding. This enables The Torch to sustain and develop the program and to keep achieving positive outcomes in a complex and difficult area of Indigenous disadvantage," said The Torch CEO, Kent Morris.
The Torch program aims to support indigenous offenders and ex-offenders with an opportunity to connect with the community and to promote the practice of culture in rehabilitation.
These artworks are an expression of resilience, strength, the importance of cultural connection and the hope of a better future from Indigenous artists who are currently in prison or who have been recently released from incarceration.
Confined 10 will also feature copies of recently released hard-cover book, INDIGENOUS ARTISTS – A Selection of the Best - The Torch Collection. The artwork created through the program is featured in 152 pages, showing 126 artworks from 77 men and women in the program.
The exhibitions provide income to the artists with 100 percent of the sales going to the artist. Post release participants receive the full sale value of their artwork directly while the proceeds for artists still in prison are held in trust by Corrections Victoria until release. The Torch program is delivered in seven correctional facilities in Victoria.
See Confined 10, an exhibition with a higher purpose this February!
Location: St Kilda Town Hall (Corner of Carlisle Street Arts Space, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda)
Date: 30 Jan – 27 Feb 2019
Times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri8:30am -5pm. Thurs 8:30am – 7pm. Sat 12pm - 4pm