Image - Robby Wirramanda, Colours of Tyrrell #1, 2017, Acrylic on canvas.
Alliance Française de Melbourne in assiciation with The Torch & Yalukut Weelam Ngargee present:
An exhibition exploring the two-way relationship between arts workers
from The Torch & the artists they support.
7 February - 28 March 2018 | Free admission
Alliance Française, Eildon Gallery
51 Grey Street, St Kilda.
Monday to Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Opening night: Wednesday 7 February, 6:30pm-8pm
The Torch supports Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders through its Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program. Central to the program is cultural learning, strengthening, expression and sharing.
Dhumbadha Munga (talking knowledge), in the language of the Boonwurrung people, looks at the two-way relationship between the arts workers and the artists they support. Through dhumbadha munga they learn, develop and reinforce their cultural identity and express and share their stories through art.
As it has done so for generations, Indigenous Culture remains alive through talking and sharing knowledge.
Kent Morris, CEO, The Torch, is a Barkindj man, a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and an alumnus of the Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership program. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a practicing artist and curator, and is the CEO of The Torch. Kent designed and developed The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program and curates the program’s annual CONFINED exhibitions. Central themes in his work are connection between contemporary Indigenous experience and cultural practices, and their continuation and evolution.
Paul is a Marrithiyel man and a traditional landowner of the South West region of the Daly River (Northern Territory). Paul is a talented emerging artist who joined the Victorian Justice Department as an Indigenous Prison Officer then moved into an Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer role to better assist the Aboriginal community. Paul provides art and cultural support to Indigenous inmates across Victoria.
Ray is a Gunnai man with a long-standing and successful art practice and a background in community support programs. Ray runs The Torch’s In-Community program which provides art cultural and arts vocational support to Indigenous men and women who are transitioning back to the community after incarceration in Victoria. Ray won the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards in 2013 with a portrait of his mother and recently worked as the Cultural Lead at Bunjilwarra, a Koorie Youth Residential AOD Healing centre on the Mornington Peninsula. Exhibited nationally and internationally. Collections – Koorie Heritage Trust, National Gallery Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria.
Raymond Young was given drawings of traditional Gunai Kurnai designs through the Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community Program when he was at Loddon prison. Two-and-a-half years later, his ceramic works were acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. Raymond also presented solo exhibitions at Metro Gallery Melbourne and Nanda Hobbs Contemporary Sydney in 2017.
Robby Wirramanda is a Wergaia and Wotjobaluk artist. As a child, he painted with his grandmother who had a big influence on his artistic life. He wants his children to see his artworks as life lessons to learn from, drawing on personal experiences, cultural history and family to create his art.
Ray has been creating art for many years. A member of the Kuku Yalanji tribe form North Queensland, his art is deeply rooted in Indigenous culture and the way of living in this tropical region. He paints about practices and stories handed down to him from the old people. Stories about travelling and hunting the animals that sustain life and culture.
Jeffrey Jackson is a Mutti Mutti man from north-western Victoria who has been painting for the past 10 years. He first exhibited his work in CONFINED 5 exhibition 2013. Jeffrey paints about his relationship to his country particularly the area of Lake Mungo, Yanga and Robinvale. His palette includes the colours of the sand, earth and the surrounding landscapes and his designs explore the intricate patterns found there.
Veronica grew up in Central Australia and was interested in art form an early age. She grew up watching and listening to her elders, especially her Pop who taught her to draw in the sand. Her art is influenced by these experiences, her cultural knowledge and the stories that have been passed down to her by her family and Community.
Graham Gilbert’s paintings are renowned for their depiction of native Australian animals. His paintings intertwine the symbolism of native animals with landscapes that tell a true story of a time where the hunter and gatherer lifestyle was lived by his ancestors.
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