Future Dreaming talks of the future post-pandemic

Sheldon, 'Through Our Eyes', 2020 (cropped)

Future Dreaming is an exhibition of artworks created by Indigenous artists in Victorian prisons during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by The Torch, the online exhibition will run from 29 October – 17 December 2020.

119 Indigenous artists confined to Victorian prisons during the global pandemic have painted a brighter future for themselves, their families, their communities, their Countries and the world as a whole for Future Dreamingvisions of the future.

The 119 works span emerging artists such as Mark C, whose painting River Dreaming with Seven River Totems is his first artwork submitted to The Torch, through to seasoned artists Jaye (Coming Together) and Trevor (Hunting and Gathering). 100% of the sales from each artwork will go to the artist.

The Torch, which also presents the distinguished Confined exhibition annually, has faced a raft of challenges with delivering face-to-face support to Indigenous men and women incarcerated during the COVID -19 global pandemic.

“We have been very active supporting our participants during the pandemic. In response to restrictions accessing Victorian prisons during this time, we invited our in-prison artists to dream of a brighter future and bring that future to life."

A selected few of the artists' works

The artists, who are remanded across 14 Victorian correctional facilities, are participants in The Torch’s Indigenous Art in Prisons and Community program. They have expressed their hopes and dreams on 30cm x 30cm artworks that will be available to view and purchase online via a scrolling mosaic gallery. This exhibition gives voice to First Nations Australians who are isolated in prison during a global pandemic, mirroring the global communities wishing to reconnect with loved ones and dream of a better future.

"Future Dreaming provides a platform for participants to share their experiences, thoughts and ambitions through poignant artworks and stories that highlight the importance of cultural and community connection for Indigenous inmates during this time,” said The Torch CEO, Kent Morris.

The Torch has been delivering the Statewide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program (SIAPC) since 2011.

Find out more about exhibition Future Dreaming on The Torch's website here where you can see the full exhibition running till mid December.


Dates: 29 October – 17 December 2020

Venue: Online here

The Torch Website