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A world of possibilities

FACT is a world-leading centre for art, film and the creative use of technology. We champion new ideas and experiences, nurturing the next generation of voices and visionaries to create a world of possibilities.

From our award-winning building in Liverpool, we present a vibrant programme of contemporary art that embraces new technology and explores digital culture. With cinema partner Picturehouse, our film programme showcases the best in independent, arthouse, foreign language and quality mainstream cinema from around the world.

Transformative experiences at the heart of the city

FACT is a friendly, social space, working with artists and people to create transformative experiences that spark the imagination and enrich lives.

We commission and produce artworks, exhibitions, projects and events that bring people together, both physically and virtually. We screen films in partnership with communities and in neighbourhoods around Liverpool that tell the stories of diverse communities from our region and beyond.

Making sense of the world today

As a centre for new stories and visions, we provide platforms and opportunities for people to create, listen, interact, and make sense of the world today.

Our Studio/Lab talent and skills development programme enables artists, creative professionals and young people to develop their practices and careers. Our learning programme collaborates with communities, particularly young people and intergenerational groups, working with them to explore their understanding of the world through artistic production and digital tools.

We strive for greater equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of what we do. Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Action Plan here.

Liverpool’s forward-thinking all-inclusive creative technology institution” - Dazed

"Here, things lean on the progressive and avant-garde; with installations and exhibitions that, at times, fearlessly tackle taboos or unpick uncomfortable subjects." - Condé Nast Traveller

"FACT Liverpool is a multipurpose space combining a cinema, an art gallery and a research centre. Catching an arthouse film before meandering around cutting-edge art exhibitions is a good way to spend a rainy Liverpool day." - The Guardian

"The space offers the opportunity to explore exciting and contemporary digital and film art, which engages radical thinkers, creatives and scientists to collaborate across Liverpool." - Lonely Planet


FACT started life as Merseyside Moviola, screening artist films and videos in a disused chapel. Moviola set up Video Positive, the UK’s international festival of video art, in 1989, which led to the establishment of Video Positive as a biennial event, responsible for introducing such artists as Tony Oursler, Mark Wallinger and Isaac Julien to a wider UK audience. In 1993, the organisation began the 10-year process of raising the funds to create a cultural centre dedicated to film and new media art on Merseyside.

When FACT first opened its doors on Wood Street in 2003, it was Liverpool’s first new arts building in over 60 years. Coinciding with Liverpool’s successful bid for European Capital of Culture, FACT quickly became a world-leading exhibitor and producer of video and digital art. The centre celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023.

Since its opening, FACT has commissioned and presented many hundreds of new media and digital artworks from artists including Isaac Julien, Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik, Black Audio Film Collective, Superflex, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Agnes Varda, Wu Tsang, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind, Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Rebecca Allen and Jenkin van Zyl.

"This is a gallery that allows digital artists to think like film-makers and have their ambitions realised in a professional environment." - Isaac Julien