Following the success of the FACT Together pilot program in 2020 – developed in response to financial uncertainty caused by the temporary closure of galleries and museums around the world – FACT is delighted to announce the second installment of the program.
FACT Together will provide four early career artists based in the north of England with a production grant and budget, as well as 3 months of curatorial and production support to create work that encourages online presentation and experiments on how digital art can engage audiences.
For this round of funding, FACT partnered with guest curator and mentor Zaiba Jabbar of HERVISIONS – a women-focused curatorial agency supporting and promoting new media artists working with emerging technologies at the intersection between art, technology and culture.
As a curator whose practice is firmly rooted in the production and presentation of artwork online, Zaiba’s experimental approach to the digital space will help shape the final commissions of FACT Together. In addition to being part of the artist selection panel, Zaiba will work alongside FACT to mentor artists with an emphasis on artistic creation in digital spaces.
Each new digital work created will be part of Radical Ancestry, FACT’s 12-month program that explores how a fluid understanding of definitions, boundaries, and belonging brings the freedom to create and reinvent.
The 4 FACT Together artists will join a host of others, both internationally renowned and emerging, who will respond to the theme of Radical Ancestry, exploring what happens when we move beyond the outdated and unrepresentative structures and ideas that dominate our way. to see the world.
The first round of funding in 2020 allowed artists to create works ranging from podcasts, live broadcasts, games, short films, interactive artwork 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 wish to develop their practice, so it is not necessary to have previously created a digital or online work.
Nicola Triscott, CEO / Director of FACT, said:
âThe cornerstone of any artistic institution are the artists. FACT is committed to supporting artists and allowing them to experiment and develop new works. FACT Together is an important part of our talent development program, specially created for emerging artists – the new generation of artists and the future of art.
Charlotte Horn, Senior Producer at FACT, said:
âFACT Together offers artists a unique opportunity to explore, experience and understand digital spaces. We are thrilled to see the varied work that artists and creatives produce in the North, and to have the opportunity to work with and learn from them as they develop their practices.
FACT Together 2020 artist Shonagh Short said:
âBeing 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 site-specific way, but now I understand the potential to take these elements into the digital realm. It was fun to be a beginner and to be allowed to play without any expectation of perfection.