Contact: Dr Mark Wright
FACT is concerned with internationally significant arts in new media, including a focus on learning for young people.
The close relationship between FACT, an Arts Council England NPO client, and Liverpool John Moores University is several years old.
In 2014 the university funded its first INSPIRE post at FACT which meant embedding a senior researcher to develop FACT LAB. Along with a creative technologist, the researcher makes learning content to build value and knowledge in the organisation.
FACT runs short courses in various creative technologies, and provides opportunities for exhibition or to curate a show.
FACT uses broad themes e.g. Politics and Identity, to bring draw together students from different disciplines and to explore and unpack those ideas as a springboard for both public and participants.
Undergraduate, MA and PhD students all benefit from this skills development.
It is difficult to demonstrate the impact of this work. FACT interacts with many young people from Primary level upwards and counts among its HE contacts – Liverpool University, Hope University MMU and Manchester and Newcastle, as well as universities overseas in Australia and Singapore, for instance. Through these various universities FACT, a cultural collider, reaches hundreds of thousands of people.
Liverpool Hope University’s Anthony Hamlyn, a Fine Art Student won the first FACT Hope Liverpool Production Residency Award
As an NPO, FACT is obliged to monitor its diversity profile. This has included an Ugandan artist (name) running a workshop for women in setting up a radio station.