22 December 2006

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is delighted to announce 2006 has been the most successful year in its history, having welcomed over 400,000 visitors over the last twelve months, an increase of more than 50,000 on the previous year.

Internationally renowned artists, interactive exhibitions, support and development for young and local film-makers, the establishment of a formal education programme and the introduction of HD (Hi-definition) technology to FACT's Moving Image Touring Exhibition Service (MITES) in 2006, have all contributed this year to strengthening FACT's position as the UK's leading organisation for the commissioning, presentation and support of artists working in film, video and new media art forms.

In October, FACT's annual Young Liverpool Film Night attracted a record-number of entries with over seventy, local 13 - 19 year olds submitting films they had made on and around Merseyside. An audience of over 250 enjoyed the short-listed films shown on the big screen at FACT.

Meanwhile, FACT and Arena-Housing's ground-breaking collaboration tenantspin continues to go from strength to strength, even receiving coverage in Australia. In 2006 it passed a significant milestone with its 400th web-cast download. 2006 has seen FACT's galleries filled with everything from a 'growling' interactive sofa to large-screen projections by some of the world's leading video artists.

In August, Aussie new media artists and their interactive exhibition, Experimenta: Under the Radar, smashed previous visitor records. The record-breaking continued during the Liverpool Biennial as over 37,000 visitors broke the previous FACT Biennial attendance by 7,000.  FACT's commissions have continued to attract international acclaim, most recently with the first major show by Brazilian Collective Chelpa Ferro. These artists have gone on to champion FACT and Liverpool, taking with them great memories of the city. Chelpa Ferro stayed in the UK for over a week. Instead of spending their last weekend in London as they'd planned, they decided to stay in Liverpool, where they found particular inspiration in the city's music and street performers.

Matthew Buckingham created his extraordinary film, Obscure Moorings in Liverpool which was shown at FACT as part of Liverpool Biennial International 06. He sent this message from New York and described FACT as "really the best, most organized and supportive arts organization I've worked with so far. It was amazing".