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FACT's young people's programme is called Freehand and is designed to support 13 - 25 year olds develop skills in a range of areas including filmmaking, management, and digital art and design. The Freehand programme focuses on three areas of development; FilmArt and Makers. 

"Freehand is a social hub for anything creative. Ideas, small or big are always acknowledged and encouraged no matter how far-fetched they sound. It's a backstage pass to the creative world and opens up opportunities that are not only fun engaging, but useful too." Reuben, Freehand Member

"FACT has helped me explore my creative skills, and given me the opportunity to collaborate with other young creative people and enabled me to execute my own ideas through film, curating and other types of media" Teresa, Freehand Member

If you would like to hear about opportunities within Freehand please email

You can find out more on Freehand's blog and Twitter

See our full list of events for young people here


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We run a film group as part of Freehand: FACT’s young people’s programme. The group is for young creatives aged between 13 and 19.

"FACT was an amazing place to get started. It helped me decide that film is my future. Meeting others who were as passionate was so great.Milo, 16

The group are involved in lots of different filming activities including:

  • Film making
  • watching/hacking/analysing films
  • organising events
  • event management
  • marketing
  • film programming

There will be the opportunity to organise pop up screenings across Liverpool with like-minded young people and learn more about film. 

The group will meet on Thursday evenings starting this Autumn. 

The Freehand film group is currently full, but if you're interested in joining send us an email with your name, age and a brief description of your interest in film to so we can add you to the waiting list.

BFI Film Academy

Recruitment has now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied.

The BFI Film Academy 2014/15 Network Programme is delivered by FACT for committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19. 

BFI Film Academy participants will get to work with professionals from the film industry and take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops, hearing their top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry and get practice in developing and pitching ideas and producing their own work. 

For more information, visit the BFI Film Academy project page.

Check out what we’ve been up to

FLAG Film Festival 31 July - 2 August

This summer saw the launch of Freehand’s first film festival, FLAG, which was a great success! Freehand Film organised events, screenings and workshops for young people to get involved with over the three-day festival and gained first hand experience of how a film festival works. 

Freehand Makers

Freehand Connects is a group of 16 to 25 year olds who are interested in our artistic programme and meet at FACT every two weeks on a Thursday.

The group is made up of students, artists, filmmakers, bloggers and curators based in Merseyside who collaborate with FACT’s programme team to plan, create and deliver workshops and exhibitions to compliment FACT’s exhibition programme. 

Freehand Connects members lead the programme; generating research, artwork, public workshops and tours and have the opportunity to 

  • Exhibit their own work
  • Blog for FACT and Freehand
  • Get involved in the Young People's Festival (a city wide cultural festival for young people planned for Summer 2014)
  • Learn more about career pathways into the creative industries & how this sector works
  • Be offered internship/work experience opportunities.

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Join us for some tech fun in The Box at FACT. Working with different professionals from the art/maker world we will get together and have a go at some of the coolest things in tech and art. No previous experience required-we will provide all the goodies for you to get stuck into some Maker madness!

These workshops are aimed at 13 to 19 year olds with an interest in technology. 

The workshops kicked off on 12 August with a hands-on look at video production and editing. It gives you not only an insight into how powerful digital storytelling really is, but how you can get the most out of it too. We can show you how to plan, structure and produce a video and some clever hints and tips on how to promote the video to the rest of the world once it’s made.

Throughout the course you'll get to experience Mobile Video Making, Basic Html and CSS, Game Design, Geeky Crafts, Digital Soundart and Fun Electronics.

The next workshop is: Game Design

17 February

Ever wanted to create your very own mini computer game?  This workshop will have you generating ideas and learning the code to design and create sprites, levels for your game and code events in-game, to generate something you can take away and play with. 

Please email if you are interested in getting involved.

In Hand

In Hand is a digital tool to support young people in managing their mental health and well being.

For this project, a group of 16-25 year olds based at FACT worked in collaboration with Red Ninja (Liverpool based app agency) and Mersey Care (our local mental health care provider) to develop the app, which is now available to download.

In Hand is part of Innovation Labs, a large scale project presented and funded by Comic Relief, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Nominet Trust.

Find out more about In Hand here.

Freehand offers a wide range of workshops and projects tailored to your young people's needs.

We have a wealth of experience and we are committed to delivering valuable, safe and inspiring young people's projects. We believe that young people should be at the heart of the projects they take part in.

"Louise the young people co-ordinator is great at maintaining enthusiasm, troubleshooting difficulties young people encounter and ensuring participation of all young people in sessions." Nicky Fearon, Merseycare

We deliver workshops in a wide spectrum of art forms, including filmmaking, curating, script writing, sound art, animation and computer game design.

All of our artists have current, enhanced CRB and are experienced in working with young people.

We can also fully manage young people's projects for you, however big or small.

Please see the What's On section for examples of workshops and projects that we have delivered. 

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Merseyside Youth Association's Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Promotion Project are working with FACT to produce a new art work in collaboration with an artist, which will be part of an exhibition in 2015.

We are seeking young people from the age of 13 up to 18 to work with an artist to produce a piece of art work on the theme of mental health and technology.

We will meet on Tuesday evenings (5.30pm - 8pm) from 25 November to 10 March 2015 at FACT to develop and complete the work, which will then be featured in the exhibition Group Therapy.

To express your interest in this exciting project please complete this online survey and we will be in touch.

The deadline to fill out this survey is 19 November at 5pm. We will let you know if you are in the group on 21 November

You should apply if:

  • You like art​
  • You would like to have an artwork you have worked on in a major international exhibition at FACT
  • You are passionate about changing people’s perceptions around mental health and well being.
  • You would like to work with professional artists
  • You would like to make new friends

The project is free and we will pay for your travel to get to and from the sessions.