Art and the Institution - Female Factory

The Parramatta Female Factory is an important site in the colourful history of colonial New South Wales. Since 1821 it’s been an orphanage, prison, asylum, medical facility and school. In Art and the Institution, Story Factory has partnered with the Parramatta Female Factory to allow Year 9 & 10 students from Western Sydney to explore both the pre-colonial history of the area as well as more recent history. Students have created both artworks and creative writing that investigates our shared history on Darug land.

The results will be published in a project anthology, and artwork displayed as part of an exhibition at the Parramatta Female Factory in Sept 2021.

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Story Factory acknowledges the oldest living culture in the world.  We also extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their ongoing connection to land, sea and community.  Always was and always will be.  Artwork by Danielle Mate.
This week Story Factory Executive Director Cath Keenan is down in Canberra to celebrate 20 years of the Australian of the Year Local Hero Award. The Local Hero award celebrates people who lead by example and encourage others to be active in their own communities and become agents of positive change for a more diverse and inclusive Australia. You can read more about the awards and some of the other amazing previous receipts here: https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/20-years-local-hero
Become a part of our vibrant volunteer community in 2023!  We are on the lookout for creative writing tutors both online and in-person to help nurture and amplify the voices of young people across NSW.  If you are interested in getting involved, the first step is to join us for an information session where we’ll provide more details about the volunteer role and what’s involved.  The next information sessions are on:  Thursday 19th January 3.30pm – 4.30pm via zoom.
Friday 20th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm at the Story Factory Redfern Centre.
Tuesday 24th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm via zoom.  Find out more and book in via the link in our bio.  📷 Jim A. Barker
Story Factory will be closed from Wednesday 21 December until Monday 16th January. We will respond to all enquiries, and mail all book orders, on our return in the new year.  Massive thanks to everyone for your continued support. We wish you  a very safe and happy holiday!
Recently we have been running a very special multilingual writing project called In a Flash, inviting people of all ages to send us a very short story or poem in English, Mandarin, Arabic or Vietnamese. 
We’ve been getting such wonderful responses that we’ve decided to extend the deadline to next year to allow more time for people to submit their writing!  Here’s one of the many great submissions we have received:  Stranded upon the shore, battered, beat and sore.
A glimpse of hope starts to rise
River water taking human size  River-person helped the boat
To keep it balanced and to stay afloat
As the boat sailed away into morning light
The river person sunk back into the water that night  Submissions are now open until the 28th February!  Follow the link in our bio to find out more and enter now.  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.