Art Write Light

Stage 5

From November 22 - December 10, 2021.


Inspired by the works of acclaimed visual artist Blak Douglas, students will investigate the political in art and consider how artists use their work to question and challenge society. Each student will create their own succinct and powerful 'statement poem' exploring the hopes and wishes they have for the world.

One-off workshops are available between November 22 - December 10, 2021.

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Stories from this Program

The Ravishment of Society

By Osam, Year 10

Covering themselves in the still shadow. The ravenous burning flames that heated them from inside. They acted like we were handed flowers. I had nothing to say to them, nothing...


By Nhi, Year 9

Trembling. She fumbled with the cassette, the apples of her cheeks flushed a pink tint as an immense amount of unease travelled from the bottom of her spine all the...


By Segia, Year 9

Gazing up in the sky, I’ve found my purpose Not knowing if I should look back to yesterday. Night comes along, beautiful stars glistened in herds, I can also see...


By Jessica, Year 9

Her world had ended, and it was about time to end everyone else’s. The sun had approached, closer and closer to the Earth every day and nobody knew why, but...

Diary Entry #223

By Shafeeya, Year 10

It’s been five months since my first gig, where I met the one and only JONATHAN SOUL! To this day I’m still overjoyed and in disbelief that that day actually...

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Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: