Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement

This kind of diversity-as-activism is written into Sweatshop’s DNA. It’s not about appearances, it’s about ensuring often ignored voices are heard at every level.

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Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney which is devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through training and employment in creative and critical writing initiatives.

Sweatshop operates in partnership with WestWords: Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organisation for Young People and the Western Sydney University Writing and Society Research Centre.

Sweatshop initiatives result in publications, films, podcasts, plays, performance readings, exhibitions, and arts and cultural seminars which aim to create new and alternative forms of representation for marginalised communities throughout Western Sydney, and similar communities throughout Australia. These projects are often produced in collaboration with groups and organisations which include: The New City of Canterbury Bankstown, Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service, Urban Theatre Projects, Seizure, Campbelltown Arts Centre, SBS, Shopfront, NSW Writers’ Centre, The Lifted Brow, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Emerging Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs Eye of the Storm Festival and Adelaide Short Story Festival.

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Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.