Yawa means ‘journey’ in Boonwurrung language. This exhibition presents the journey of First Nations men and women in Victoria’s criminal justice system exploring, expressing and sharing culture through art.
The Torch program aims to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging participants to explore identity and culture through art, develop confidence and define new pathways for themselves upon release from prison.
Indigenous Australians make up less than 3% of the Australian population but represent 27% of the national prison population. They are 13 times more likely to go to prison than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous men are almost twice as likely as non-Indigenous men to return to prison within two years of release.
The Torch has been delivering the Statewide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program (SIAPC) since 2011. The SIAPC Program is set within the context of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement and its focus is on the role of culture and cultural identity in the rehabilitation of Indigenous prisoners.
The exhibition is open until Friday 31 May.