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Freehand is the name of our programme of events and workshops aimed at 13-25 year olds who are interested in getting creative with technology and film.

We run one-off workshops called Do Something! Saturdays to get you introduced to a variety of technologies and creative practices. These are part of the public programme of events relating to the main exhibition at FACT. If you’re interested, have a look at our What’s On page for the latest.

Looking for something a bit more in-depth? We’ve also got opportunities to get involved in ongoing projects. The best way to find out about these is to get on our mailing list – drop us an email and we’ll sort this out for you.

We also run projects in the community, which are tailored to different groups’ requirements and aims. If you’d like to explore this further or arrange a free tour of the building for your group, get in touch and we’ll have a chat!

Check out these short videos to see the sort of thing we do at Freehand:

Film Club

In Hand


"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 and engaging, but useful too." Reuben, Freehand member

"FACT has helped me explore my creative skills, 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

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For 16 - 19 year olds
£25 for full eleven-week course

We’re delighted to announce that FACT is running a fourth BFI Film Academy this Autumn. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to work alongside film industry professionals over an eleven-week process starting on 26 October. As a participant in the Academy, you’ll be working with like-minded people to create your own film, building up a portfolio for your Silver Arts Award along the way.

We’ll introduce you to all aspects of film production so you don’t need prior experience – but passion and commitment are a must!

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 25 September. If you're interested, please download this application form and email it to or post it to Laura Haddick, FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ.

In order to be eligible, you need to make sure you are able to attend ALL dates for Group 1 OR Group 2. We will receive more applications than we have places for, so please be aware that this is a competitive process.

Group 1
26 October 11am - 4pm
27 October 11am - 4pm
28 October 11am - 4pm
7 November 11am - 5pm
10 November 6pm - 8pm
14 November 11am - 5pm
21 November 11am - 5pm
28 November 11am - 5pm
29 November 11am - 5pm
12 December 11am - 5pm
9 January 11am - 5pm
10 January 11am - 5pm
23 January 11am - 5pm
27 January 6pm - 8pm
17 February 1pm - 3pm

Group 2
26 October 11am - 4pm
27 October 11am - 4pm
29 October 11am - 4pm
8 November 11am - 4pm
10 November 6pm - 8pm
15 November 11am - 5pm
22 November 11am - 5pm
5 December 11am - 5pm
6 December 11am - 5pm
13 December 11am - 5pm
16 January 11am - 5pm
17 January 11am - 5pm
24 January 11am - 5pm
27 January 6pm - 8pm
17 February 1pm - 3pm

"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

We’re always running Freehand workshops to introduce you to art, film, and creative technology. The most regular events are Do Something! Saturdays, which are usually linked to current FACT exhibitions.

If you want the most up-to-date information about our programme, please email Laura and she’ll make sure you’re signed up to our young people’s newsletter. Whether you’re a young person or you work with young people, she’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime, why not have a look at our What’s On page to find out what’s coming up?