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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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Freehand Film Club

We are starting a new Film Club as part of Freehand; FACT’s young people’s programme. We are recruiting 20 young creatives aged between 13 and 19 to be a part of a fun & innovative film group. 

The group will: 

  • Meet every week (on Tuesday or Thursday evenings)
  • Organise a young people’s film festival to take place at the end of July/early August as part of FLUX
  • Have the chance to complete the Bronze Arts Award.
  • Provide you with a group of like-minded new friends.
  • Get involved in different film making/watching/hacking/critiquing activities.
  • Gain skills in event management/organisation, marketing, presenting, film making and more. 

Who are we looking for?

  • People who are passionate about film.
  • People who can commit to weekly meetings.
  • People interested in organising an exciting film festival at FACT.

Please note; this group looks at all areas of film and is not solely a filmmaking club. The main activity this Spring/Summer will be to organise a film festival for young people at FACT.

To apply for this opportunity you will need to fill out an application form and attend an interest evening on 22 April. Please see the end of this post for more details of how to apply.

Freehand Archive Film Project

We are running a short film project working with live action film (filmed there and then) and archival footage (film footage from the past.) 

We are looking for 14 young people (aged between 13 and 19) to work with a filmmaker to create a brand new piece of film. The finished film will be shown as part of FACT’s young people’s film festival at the end of July. 

Working over three Saturdays (May 17, 24, 31) participants will:

  • Work with a professional filmmaker/artist
  • Work with archival footage
  • Gain skills in creating video art (film that is classed as an art work)
  • Make new friends
  • See their work screened on the big screen in a young people’s film festival at FACT.

Applicants must be available for ALL of the Saturday workshops (May 17, 24 & 31) 

Both of these projects are completely free.

Refreshments will be provided.

All of FACT’s engagement projects are staffed by people with up to date, Enhanced CRB Checks. 

To apply for either of these projects (or both) please download and fill in the application form that is to the right of this text. Please email it to or post to:

Mark Anderton
88 Wood Street
L1 4DQ 

Or fax to: 0151 707 4445 addressing it to Mark Anderton


There will be an ‘interest evening’ on 22 April where you can come along to FACT and learn more about the projects and meet the staff. It is important that you attend this session.

If you need the application in an alternative format, you would like us to post one to you, or you have any questions, please email or call 0151 707 4444

Some of our film work is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network which is supported by The National Lottery

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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.

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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Working in collaboration with local organisations like DoES Liverpool and LJMU, Freehand runs ad hoc Maker workshops and projects, responding to our exhibitions, trends and other things happening in the world of Hacker/Maker culture.

We are currently working on Innovation Labs, a large scale project presented and funded by Comic Relief, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Nominet Trust.

For this project, a group of 16-25 year olds based at FACT are developing a major new app called In Hand in collaboration with Red Ninja (Liverpool based app agency) and Mersey Care (our local mental health care provider) which aims to support young people in managing their mental health and well-being.

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.