16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

Chris Austin

Indigenous Arts Mentor
The Torch

‘Doing art and telling a story has given me direction and immense pride in using my culture, especially to teach people.’

Chris is a Keerraaywoorrong man from the Gunditjmara Nation of south western Victoria. Chris is immensely proud of his culture and has found creating art and sharing stories has given him direction in his life. Chris believes that through creating art he is sharing his stories and passing it on to the younger generations.

After over 30 years in and out of prison, Chris has now been In Community for over four years. He is an inspiration and has an amazing amount of lived experience and cultural knowledge to support our In Prison and Post Release artists as The Torch’s inaugural Indigenous Program Mentor.

Chris was recently featured in the documentary The Art of Incarceration (Netflix) that won the Best Australian Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.