Darcy Murray, River Dreaming. Image via Deakin University Art Gallery.

An exhibition staged by  Deakin University Art Gallery in partnership with community arts organisation The Torch to showcase artworks by Indigenous artists in its latest pop-up exhibition at Deakin’s Downtown site.

Open until Friday 14 July, the exhibition “No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch” features works by 11 Indigenous artists who participated in The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program.

The program supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria by focusing on cultural strengthening and artistic expression in the rehabilitation process.

Manager of the Deakin University Art Gallery, Leanne Willis, said the Deakin University Art Gallery was proud to support The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program.

No Turning Back is a testament to the success of The Torch’s cultural and arts vocational support for Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders. The exhibition provides participants with an opportunity to share their stories and connect to the community. Each of the stunning artworks provides a glimpse into the artists’ lives; their stories, culture, and hopes for the future.

 Chief Executive Officer at The Torch, Kent Morris, explained that the implementation of the Aboriginal Arts Policy Model in 2015 allowed Indigenous artists in custody in Victoria and involved in the program to sell their artworks through The Torch organisation.

 This allows artists to build self-esteem and economic independence, both key factors which have been shown to increase the chances of Indigenous offenders successfully transitioning from prison to the community. One hundred percent of the purchase price goes direct to the artist with the major part of the purchase price held in trust until the artist is released. Interest from the Trust account goes to a fund supporting victims of crime.

Exhibition Dates: Monday 29 May to Friday 14 July. Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Venue: Deakin University “Pop-Up” Gallery, Deakin Downtown, Level 12 – Tower 2, Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Docklands.