Communications Tower and the Freehander Fabrication

These obstacles are inspired and produced by Freehand (FACT's Young People's Programme). The Communications Tower demonstrates how the Freehand programme reaches out across the Northwest, bringing art and film into the bedrooms, youth clubs and computers of young people. Based on a telecommunications tower, a beacon for long distance communication, it demonstrates the important role that social networks such as Facebook play in keeping young people in touch with each other and with organisations like FACT. Satellite dishes on the tower show films and exhibit the projects that FACT and Freehand are engaged with. Through this work, FACT has literally brought the galleries to young people in our region.

These obstacles are inspired and produced by Freehand (FACT's Young People's Programme).
The Communications Tower demonstrates how the Freehand programme reaches out across the Northwest, bringing art and film into the bedrooms, youth clubs and computers of young people. Based on a telecommunications tower, a beacon for long distance communication, it demonstrates the important role that social networks such as Facebook play in keeping young people in touch with each other and with organisations like FACT. Satellite dishes on the tower show films and exhibit the projects that FACT and Freehand are engaged with. Through this work, FACT has literally brought the galleries to young people in our region.

 

The second obstacle, produced by the Freehanders - the steering group that helps drive the Freehand programme - is all about a future Liverpool taken over by creativity. It shows how Freehand and young people are part of Liverpool's artistic infrastructure and includes a striking new film commission produced by the Freehanders. The structure makes reference to their unique work by presenting a collage of familiar city centre sites -The Bombed Out Church, The Everyman Theatre and The Futurist cinema - as a future Liverpool landscape; one in which the real and the imaginary are interwoven. Within this landscape the Freehanders will create graffiti-billboards on which they will depict their visions of both possible and impossible futures for their city.

At the centre of the obstacle, an outdoor cinema offers a place to sit amongst the rooftops and view a show-reel of the Freehanders' work.

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