So what happened in 2015? Here's a round up of some of the best bits...
4 Major Exhibition Premieres
We explored the effects of our digital world on our mental health in Group Therapy and how new tech can combine with old skills in Build Your Own. We also presented the world premiere of a beautiful new work examining amnesia by Shona Illingworth, and a world famous performance which kicked off our latest exhibition, Follow.
1 Global Performance
Artist collective LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner launched Follow with the performance #TOUCHMYSOUL which invited participants to connect with them over the phone. #TOUCHMYSOUL was watched, Tweeted and written about around the world and culminated in Shia LaBeouf having the words You. Now. Wow. tattooed on his arm. Watch the video here.
1 Turner-Prize winning collective
This summer, we presented the exhibition Build Your Own in collaboration with the Crafts Council and Norfolk Museum Service. As well as 3D printing prosthetic hands for local children, we were the first to show the unique handmade fireplaces created by the Turner-Prize winners Assemble and Will Shannon for the Granby Four Streets Project.
2 Apps and 1 Online Game
Our app In Hand has received 10,000 downloads and we've been working with schools and our Veterans in Practice and Digital Heritage groups to create heritage app Tagging Communities, now in beta stage. Plus, the Networked Narrative project has engaged young people across the North to create a new online text adventure game!
595 Films Screened
From SPECTRE to Star Wars, Carol to Amy, The Lobster to The Lady in The Van, and Inside Out to Rastamouse, our cinema screens have been home to 595 new releases, old classics, documentaries, live streams, theatre, ballet and opera recordings, plus kids specials, autism and dementia friendly shows. See what's coming up on the big screen in 2016.
245 Backers on Kickstarter
Thanks to 245 amazing backers, we have raised over £6,500 to help us premiere acclaimed Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa's new work! Opening 11 March, unfold will visualise the birth of stars, transporting you into space through beautiful visual and sonic environments. See the campaign & video here.
10 New Board Members
In 2015 we welcomed 10 exciting new appointments to the FACT Board including Pat Connor (BBC), Neil McConnon (Barbican), Andrea Cooper (LFC Foundation), Janet Beer (University of Liverpool), and Wayne Scholes (Red Touch Media). See all of our Board Members here.
45 Hack Nights
2015 saw the birth of FACTLab, a new resource to help visitors get to grips with creative technology. Led by resident artists Thiago and Radamés FACTLab's drop-in sessions and workshops - including the popular Hack Nights - have introduced people of all abilities to new tech! See what's coming up next.
5 New Affinity Partners
As well as FREE cinema tickets and year round offers here at FACT, FACT Members receive discounts at a host of carefully selected local bars, shops and restaurants. This year we added cocktail bar Berry & Rye, Bold Street eatery Maray, burger joint Rookwood, alternative cafe abd music venue Jacaranda Records and the recently opened Chez Le Coq to the mix. Find out about FACT Membership here.
189 Events, Hires & Film Commissions
In 2015 we hosted 68 events for clients in our cinema screens and meeting rooms, our high-quality projectors and 4k cameras have been hired out 96 times, and we worked on over 25 films - from short trailers to editing feature films! Find out more about FACT Services and venue hire.
We hope you'll be sharing as many memories with us in 2016. Thanks to everyone on Instagram for these brilliant images of events this year - click on each image to see the credit.