Press Release

Art, Memory, and Sites of Conscience

Acclaimed Australian Artist Presents Work In Hudson Valley

For Immediate Release

Tracy Huling, Founder/Director, Prison Public Memory Project (United States)
Phone: 518-819-9123

Lily Hibberd, Visiting Artist & Creative Director, Parragirls Female Factory Memory Project (Australia)
Phone: 516-830-5598

Looking through the bars into the Parramatta Girls Home, a Catholic orphan school in New South Wales, Australia.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 6 - 8 pm at SOLARIS, 360 Warren St. in Hudson, NY, the Prison Public Memory Project presents a fascinating evening with Lily Hibberd, distinguished Australian interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator and Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.  

Dr. Hibberd’s work centers on marginalized people and the representation of their histories through the collaborative production of new forms of memory documentation. More detail about her work can be found at:

Through an illustrated talk, audience discussion, and a 'meet & greet’ artist reception with light refreshments, Hibberd will share her practice as an interdisciplinary artist working with historical sites of institutionalization and incarceration outside the United States. She will focus in particular on her work in Australia at the Parramata Female Factory Precinct, among the most significant sites of incarceration and institutionalization in Australia’s colonial history.  She will also engage in discussion about how local artists in the Hudson Valley region might approach working with similar sites here.

A participant speaks about her work during Lily Hibberd's painting workshop.

About Parramatta Female Factory Precinct
Established in 1821 in Australia, the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct has been in continuous use as a place of confinement, first for convict women, then orphaned, destitute or abandoned children, juvenile offenders, and people with mental health conditions, and until recently female prisoners.

About Prison Public Memory Project (PPMP)
Currently based in Hudson, NY, PPMP uses public history, art, and new media technologies to engage communities in conversation about the complex roles of prisons in society. The Project works with local individuals and organizations across the United States to recover, preserve, interpret, and honor the memories of what took place in these important institutions.

*This event is free and open to the public*

Art, Memory and Sites of Conscience
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM

Solaris Camphill Hudson
360 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

A hand points out the name Cecily Williams carved into a wall among other graffiti.