Dhumbadha Munga, which translates as ‘talking knowledge’ in Boonwurrung language, is an exhibition of artworks from previously incarcerated Indigenous artists and their contemporary Indigenous artist mentors opening this Thursday, 10th of October and runs till 26th of October.

The exhibition explores the transformative power of art and cultural exchange between the former inmates and Arts Officers from The Torch, a not-for-profit organisation delivering the Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program across Victoria.

As it has done for generations, Indigenous culture continues to evolve through talking and sharing knowledge and the 26 artworks from 17 artists demonstrates the interconnectedness of Torch staff and artists exploring a two-way dialogue of artistic and cultural exchange.

For the first time Dhumbadha Munga will be hosted by Metro Gallery, whose commitment is to exhibit contemporary work from promising emerging artists. Their presentation of Dhumbadha Munga will enable The Torch artists to have their work exposed to the broader art world and gallery system.

Many artists in the show are already enjoying a level of recognition for their artwork. Included in this is Ralph Rogers who had his first solo show at Deakin University earlier this year; Mutti Mutti man Jeffrey Jackson’s artwork which has been circumnavigating Melbourne on the side of a Yarra Tram; Chris Austin (Gunditjmara Keerraaywoorrong), who was recently featured in the documentary The Art of Incarceration that won the Best Australian Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and Kent Morris, Bardkindji man and The Torch CEO, who has been shortlisted for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Both Kent Morris and Sean Miller have artwork collected by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Robby Wirramanda, 'Burning Off', 2019

Other artists exhibiting are Graham Gilbert (Wiradjuri), Renee Gray (Yorta Yorta), Blackgin (Wurundjeri), Marbukk, Paul McCann (Marrithiyel), Sean Miller (Kamilaroi), Kent Morris (Barkindji), Veronica Mungaloon Hudson (Pitjantjatjara), Gary Reid (Pitjantjatjara/Yankuntjatjara), Kelvin Rogers (Yorta Yorta), Ralph Rogers (Baranbinja), Garry Scott, Ash Thomas (Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri) and Robby Wirramanda (Wergaia/Wotjobaluk).

The exhibition is presented by The Torch, an organisation that supports Indigenous men and women both in prisons and post-release in Victoria to explore their Indigenous culture and identity through practising art.

Don't miss out on seeing the Dhumbadha Munga exhibition at the Metro Gallery this October!


Exhibition opening launch: Thursday 10th October (6.30 - 8.30pm). There will be drinks and Indigenous inspired canapes to celebrate.

Dates: 10th – 26th October 2019 Location: Metro Gallery, 1214 High St, Armadale Times: Tuesday – Friday; 9:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday; 10:30am – 5:00pm The Torch Website