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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

For 16 - 19 year olds / £25 for full course

Deadline 5pm, 25 September 2015

This autumn, FACT is pleased to announce the fourth installment of the BFI Film Academy, from 28 October. Academy members will work alongside film industry professionals over an eleven week process. We will delve into the world of filmmaking and learn about every aspect of production. You don’t need any experience to apply, but lots of passion and commitment is a must!

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 is the name of our programme of events, and workshops aimed at 13-25 year olds who love getting creative with technology and film.
We often run one-off workshops to get you introduced to a variety of technologies and creative practices. These are often part of the public programme of events relating to the main exhibition at FACT. If you’re interested in those have a look at the 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 a bit more 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!

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We've been working with Liz Hardwick at DigiEnable to bring you the latest in our series of Tech Box workshops.

This free workshop is a chance to learn some basic electronics in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Find out what the voltage, ampage and resistance on electronics means and have a go at building your own circuit-based projects. We'll be keeping jargon to a minimum, and hands-on set to max.

Everyone is welcome, from beginner to expert, and no previous experience is 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. Throughout the course you'll get to experience Mobile Video Making, Basic Html and CSS, Game Design, Geeky Crafts, Digital Sound Art and Fun Electronics.

Next workshop: Fun Electronics

4 August /  5.30 - 8pm / FREE - booking required 

This workshop is a chance to learn some basic electronics in a safe and non-judgmental environment. find out what the voltage, ampage and resistance on electronics means and have a go at building your own circuit-based projects. Keeping jargon to a minimum and hands-on set to max.

Click here to book your place.

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.