In December, we were thrilled to be invited to the Town Hall to be presented with a Veterans Support Award by Liverpool Veterans HQ and Liverpool City Council. We have been delivering our Veterans in Practice (VIP) programme since 2012 and it's been an amazing for years working with veterans in Liverpool and further afield to produce creative digital projects collaboratively with artists, technologists and designers.
Thinking back on all of our activity from the past year, the projects that the veterans have created in 2016 are incredible. For example, the film FF Gaiden: Control was made by veterans in HMP Altcourse working with Larry Achiampong and David Blandy using GTA V, and explores labels and identity. The Simplicity of Truth exhibition by VIP and Mark Storor, brought together performance, film and installation to interrogate contemporary masculinity. Veterans War Helmet, a prototype Virtual Reality helmet designed by VIP and Krzysztof Wodiczko, was included in Liverpool Biennial 2016, and lots of funny, creative trailers were also produced by the group for Ex-Forces Film Club at FACT throughout the year.
At FACT, we're all really proud of the Veterans in Practice programme and the inspiring, creative, funny and warm people who make up the group, both past and present. To receive the Veterans Support Award is a wonderful end to a year of learning, questioning and taking risks together in producing art.
Find out more about Veterans in Practice at FACT here.