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Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project

contemporary art + social history

We work with

communities to transform the Parramatta Female Factory Institutional Precinct through  art and social action into

a place of public memory

as a creative, cultural hub

in the heart of

Western Sydney 


About Us

6 institutions - 200 years

Parramatta Female Factory Institutions Precinct represents a singular site that encapsulates the entire

history of Australia's institutional welfare system

for women and children

since convict times.


Contemporary art + social history projects that bring together artists, historians, academics and former institutional occupants to connect past to present, memory to action and community to place. 

Events, Exhibitions

We encourage visitors to connect with this site, its history, people and the

many thousands of stories

it has to tell through our annual exhibition and

events program. 

Parragirls Past Present

Unlocking memories of institutional 'care' at Parramatta Girls Home.


Commissioned for the Big Anxiety Festival 2017, the immersive VR film, Parragirls Past, Present

is a collaboration with media artists at the NIEA, UNSW that explores the institutional experience through the memories of former occupants.


Now on sale at a bookseller near you.


Lily Hibberd is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Scheme (project number DE160100142)


PARRAGIRLS Reimagining Parramatta Girls Home through art and memory edited by Lily Hibberd with Bonney Djuric, NewSouth Books.

This seminal publication traces the history of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project. Parragirls is the first of its kind to use images and creative writing of former institutional occupants to open up the difficult spaces of Australian child welfare legacies.




14 MARCH -

8 JUNE 2020

NIRIN, meaning edge, is a phrase from the Wiradjuri people of central western New South Wales.



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The 22nd Biennale of Sydney focuses on our city as an expansive, global city comprised of vibrant, complex villages.


A major partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, and a series of activations and creative partnerships with Blacktown Native Institution, Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, PYT| Fairfield, Bankstown Poetry Slam, 4ESydney HipHop Festival, City of Sydney Libraries, Randwick City Council, tertiary institutions around the country, grassroots organsiations and more.