Worsley will join FACT in mid July for this one-month long residency, resulting in an artwork that will be exhibited in the context of the exhibition No Such Thing As Gravity (10 November 2016 - 29 January 2017).
This major new group exhibition, curated by London based curator Rob La Frenais, continues a year of art and science at FACT, and explores science as a continuing search for knowledge by addressing questions regarding scientific truths, conspiracy theories, and alternative science.
Using the exhibition as a starting point, Fine Art students from Liverpool Hope University worked with Physics students from University of Liverpool to create proposals for new work to be developed during the residency period. These were then presented to a panel of representatives from FACT along with the exhibition’s curator.
The FACT+Liverpool Hope Production Residency Award was established in 2015, as part of the overall shift in FACT’s approach to making production a more visible part of the exhibition process, and is hosted in the context of FACTLab - an experimental making space for researchers, technologists and artists to collaborate and produce projects in an open environment.
The residency grants Worsley funding, and technical support by FACT's technologists and producers throughout the whole creative process and production of her proposed project.
Worsley, who specialises in installation and sculpture, says: “My interest tends to be an exploration of the human condition and the psychological impact art can play in understanding others and our surroundings. The FACT+Liverpool Hope Production Residency has created the opportunity to broaden my practice and expand on these ideas of our existence and develop my knowledge in technology. I am excited to start the next chapter in my art practice and I am grateful for the opportunities Liverpool Hope and FACT have given me.”
Last year’s winner Ant Hamlyn created the interactive artwork The Boost Project during his residency, which was included in FACT’s 2015 winter exhibition Follow alongside artists including LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, Cécile B. Evans, and Aram Bartholl. Hamlyn has since completed a residency in Brierfield in Burnley exploring socially engaged and ethical practice, and has been involved in a number of events, exhibitions and engagement activities across the North West. As well as developing his own practice and assisting students at Liverpool Hope University working as a graduate technician, Hamlyn was recently selected to work as artist in residence alongside an existing project run by Manchester School of Art.
Funding for the residency has been provided by FACT and Liverpool Hope as part of a three year Partnership Agreement.