Christmas Countdown 🎅🏻

Open search Close search

Close menu

Art

FACT Liverpool celebrates 20th birthday with weekend of free events

2 months ago

By The Guide Liverpool

FACT Liverpool celebrates 20th birthday with weekend of free events
FACT Liverpool Exterior on Wood Street. Courtesy of FACT Liverpool

On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October 2023, FACT celebrates its 20th Birthday with a weekend of free events for all to enjoy.

Marking two decades since the opening of the acclaimed arts centre, FACT Liverpool will host numerous celebrations for their birthday including the unveiling of two new major exhibitions.

There will be talks by contemporary artists and influential figures, family-friendly activities, the grand opening of Studio/Lab – a dedicated space for artistic experimentation, and a birthday party.

Jack Tan, Performing Boardness (2022). Performance at FACT Liverpool. Photography by Rob Battersby
Jack Tan, Performing Boardness (2022). Performance at FACT Liverpool. Photography by Rob Battersby

Friday 20 October events:

FACT is thrilled to unveil two new immersive exhibitions by Jenkin van Zyl and Uma Breakdown alongside a day of talks from artists, curators, and sector leaders. Across three panels, speakers reflect on the possibilities of art to inspire more activist outcomes, what artists need in terms of support from institutions, and how the landscape of art and creative technology has changed over the years since FACT opened.

Panelists and guest speakers include Nicola Triscott (CEO/Director, FACT); Eddie Berg (Founding Director, FACT); Ruth McCullough (Former Director, Abandon Normal Devices); Helen Starr (Curator); Dr. Alan Dunn (Artist); Jack Ky Tan (Artist); Dr. Emma Murray (Criminologist-in-Residence at FACT); Larry Achiampong (Artist); David Blandy (Artist); Zinzi Minott (Artist); and Isabel Ramos of Keiken (Artist).

Liverpool Biennial 2023 Family day at FACT (2023). Photography by Rob Battersby. Courtesy Liverpool Biennial
Liverpool Biennial 2023 Family day at FACT (2023). Photography by Rob Battersby. Courtesy Liverpool Biennial

To conclude Friday, FACT is delighted to partner with Mandela8 to present a screening of their latest film. From Dream to Reality follows the journey and realisation of a new memorial to Nelson Mandela in Princes Park, Liverpool. Joining the celebrations, Picturehouse is proud to present a curated 35mm double-bill of Repo Man and Walker from acclaimed director Alex Cox.

Saturday 21 October events:

The festivities continue into Saturday, offering a lineup of free events and interactive experiences throughout the day. Highlights include guided tours, artist performances, family-friendly workshops, gaming tournaments and celebratory parties.

Visitors are welcome to explore Studio/Lab – a new space dedicated to artistic development and experimentation – to play with motion tracking technology, virtual reality, live 3D sculpting and VJing. Studio/Lab will play a key part in FACT’s future, providing emerging artists with support and equipment through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Digital Accelerator Programme and The Foyle Foundation.

FACT at 15 (2018). Photography by Jay Chow
FACT at 15 (2018). Photography by Jay Chow

Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy host an engaging afternoon of gaming tournaments and conversation suitable for all ages, while artist Jenkin van Zyl and a group of local young people lead a tour designed to share their unique perspective on van Zyl’s immersive exhibition. Artists-in-residence The (new) Constellation will also present behind-the-scenes content from their recent commission alongside a costumed performance.

In the evening, visitors are invited to the opening of two major solo exhibitions by Jenkin van Zyl and Uma Breakdown. Breakdown’s multimedia installation, Earth A.D. 2 (2023), explores the structures and history of Gothic narratives, and their creative relationships to time, space, identity and social relations. Van Zyl’s Surrender (2023) transforms the galleries into a series of immersive environments.

From the belly of a rat to an energy-drink-lined trophy room, van Zyl’s hallucinatory film explores ideas of productivity, escapism and community.

Sian Fan, Deity (2022). Performance at FACT Liverpool. Photography by Drew Forsyth
Sian Fan, Deity (2022). Performance at FACT Liverpool. Photography by Drew Forsyth

As part of the celebrations, van Zyl has also created a new short film that expands his psychotropic world, which will be available to view from inside a limousine at the opening.

The festivities culminate with an official after party at District in the Baltic Triangle, 61 Jordan St, Liverpool L1 0BE.

FACT has partnered with local promoters PLUSH and Social Hours to curate the evening’s musical lineup, alongside cabaret performances programmed by EAT ME, and a special headline DJ set by exhibiting artist, Jenkin van Zyl.

urning Together workshop with Rae-Yen Song (2023). Photography by Kieran Irvine
urning Together workshop with Rae-Yen Song (2023). Photography by Kieran Irvine

Nicola Triscott, CEO/Director at FACT, said:

“In 2003, FACT was Liverpool’s first purpose-built arts centre for more than 60 years, brought into reality by a grassroots campaign for a centre for film and the then emerging field of electronic art.

“It grew out of the extraordinary success of the city’s Video Positive festival and was a landmark moment for Liverpool and the UK, giving moving image and digital art a home in which to experiment and find a national and international audience.

“In 2023, as we mark the centre’s 20th birthday, we celebrate that rich history and look towards FACT’s next twenty years as a place where we nurture the next generation of artists and filmmakers and enable new stories to be told through the converging fields of film, art and creative technology.”

Maitreyi Maheshwari, Head of Programme at FACT, said:

“Over the past 20 years, we have had the privilege of working alongside visionary artists, curators, and researchers who have created transformative experiences for and with our audiences, locally, nationally, and internationally.

“The grand opening of Studio/Lab, a dedicated space for artistic experimentation, signifies our commitment to centering artist practice, development and innovation in all the work we do. As FACT continues to evolve, we look forward to the next two decades of collaborating with a future generation of artists, championing new ideas, and shaping our artistic landscape.”

For more info on FACT Liverpool’s birthday events click HERE.

Share

Tags

The Guide Liverpool

About Us

We showcase the very best of Liverpool City Region through stunning video features and keep residents and visitors updated on what's on and what's good. About Us

The Guide Liverpool

Meet Our Team 👋

Meet Our Team
Eurovision 2023 - Jay And Gem - The Guide Liverpool Video Production

The Guide Liverpool

Video Production & Advertising

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse quis eros sit amet mi eleifend tincidunt. Services