'Echidna Dreaming', Trevor, Barkindji

Presenting an exhibition of artworks created by Indigenous men and women in or recently released from Victoria’s prison system, The Torch is proud to present YAWA: Journey exhibition on from 9- 30 May 2019.

Organised as part of the YIRRAMBOI Festival, The Torch presents Yawa – the journey of Indigenous men and women in the Victorian criminal justice system exploring, expressing and sharing culture through art.

Yawa, which means journey in Boon Wurrung language, shares 25 artworks exploring the theme of journey across sea, air and land from 22 artists participating in The Torch’s Statewide Indigenous Art in Prison and Community Program. The exhibition serves as an acknowledgement of the artists and their lived experiences.

The Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community Program focuses on the role that culture and cultural identity plays in the rehabilitation of Indigenous community members who are incarcerated. It aims to support Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders with an opportunity to connect with their community and to promote the practice of culture in rehabilitation.

Yawa artworks are for sale with 100 percent of the purchase price going to the artist with post release participants receiving the full sale value of their artwork directly and for those artists still in prison, the money earned is held in trust by Corrections Victoria until release. The artworks are available for purchase at the exhibition or online and can be shipped worldwide.

Yawa is presented at the City Library in Flinders Lane, Melbourne and is part of Melbourne’s YIRRAMBOI Festival - Australia’s premier First Peoples festival celebrating the vibrant living cultures and diverse contemporary practices of First Nations creatives.

Attend the official launch of YAWA on Thursday, 9 May 2019 - 6.00pm – 7.30pm. If not, see the full YAWA exhibition open this May!


Dates: 3 – 30 May 2019

Location: Melbourne City Library Gallery, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Time: Mon – Thur; 8am - 8pm, Fri; 8am - 6pm, Sat; 10am - 5pm, Sun; 12 - 5pm Cost: Free entry The Torch Website