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FACT Together will offer four early-career artists based in the North of England a grant and production budget, plus 3 months of curatorial and production support to create a work that pushes online presentation, and experiments with how digital art can engage audiences.
For this round of funding FACT has partnered with guest curator and mentor Zaiba Jabbar of HERVISIONS – a femme focused curatorial agency supporting and promoting new media artists working with emergent technologies at the intersection between art, technology and culture.
As a curator whose practice is firmly founded in the production and presentation of online artworks, Zaiba’s experimental approach to digital space will help shape the final FACT Together commissions. As well as being a part of the artist selection panel, Zaiba will work alongside FACT to mentor artists with a focus on creating art in digital spaces.
Each new digital work created will become part of Radical Ancestry, FACT’s 12 month programme that explores how a fluid understanding of definitions, borders, and belonging brings with it the freedom to create, and to reimagine.
The 4 FACT Together artists will join a whole host of others, both internationally renowned and emerging, who will respond to the Radical Ancestry theme, exploring what happens when we move beyond outdated, unrepresentative structures and ideas which dominate how we see the world.
The first round of funding in 2020 saw artists create works ranging from podcasts, live streams, games, short films, interactive artworks and more. The open call welcomes all forms of online work including audio, video, text, games, performance, animation, social media and workshops. FACT is particularly keen to receive proposals from artists who are looking to develop their practice, so there is no need to have previously created digital or online work.
“The lifeblood of any art institution is artists. FACT is committed to supporting artists, and enabling them to experiment and develop new work. FACT Together is an important part of our talent development programme, specifically created for emerging artists – the new generation of artists and the future of art.”
“FACT Together offers a unique opportunity for artists to explore, experiment with and understand digital spaces. We are excited to see the varied work that artists and creatives are producing in the North, and to have the opportunity to work with and learn from them as they develop their practises.”
“Being part of FACT Together has changed the direction of my practice. As a socially engaged artist, my work has always been participatory and interactive in a live site-specific way but now I understand the potential of taking these elements into the digital realm. It was fun to be a beginner and have permission to play without any expectation of perfection.”
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