27 November 2006

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is delighted to announce it has been awarded a grant of £5,620 to develop work with young people with disabilities. The grant, from Awards for All, will help FACT's Collaborations Programme develop its partnership with North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF) through the Outside the Box project.

Young People's Programme Manager at FACT, Angy Williams says, "It's fantastic for FACT to have been given this grant from Awards for All as it allows us to provide the additional resources and support to make projects accessible for young people with disabilities."

The project will involves young people creating stop frame animation using their own stories and figures. FACT and NWDAF will hold a week-long residency for deaf and disabled young people at FACT with a deaf or disabled artist/filmmaker to facilitate the development of the participants' new media skills through a combination of film, animation and audio work. The finished work will be showcased at DaDaFest, the north west disability arts festival.

This project demonstrate FACT's commitment to establish an ongoing relationship with NWDAF and to ensuring the FACT centre is accessible to all, bringing together young people from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds. Awards for All England is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are awarded for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.