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Rituals of Loneliness

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
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Nurturing artistic practice is central to what we do. Every year, we invite artists, scientists, technologists, radical thinkers and Liverpool communities to develop their practice and showcase their work through residencies. Throughout September and October 2021, in our galleries and online, we are showcasing the outcomes of our current artists-in-residence, who we have been supporting remotely during the pandemic.

Rituals of Loneliness is a collection of newly commissioned digital artworks by artists Shonagh Short, Linda Stupart and Ayesha Tan Jones, created in collaboration with a group of adults and young people from Liverpool.

Meeting and working together on Zoom, the group shared their personal tactics to defeat lockdown and celebrate the new rituals we all performed, from clapping on Thursdays, to fermenting and living room dancing.

The artworks reflect on the rituals that have made us feel more connected to the world around us during the past year of isolation. What have we done that has made us feel less lonely? What have we shared? What things did we choose to protect? What have we lost? What have we learnt?

All in our separate boxes, but doing things together.


It has been a horrible 18 months. The intimacy, together, in this project... there’s no loneliness through things like this.


Commissioned by FACT, Rituals of Loneliness is produced as part of Young at Art, a participatory arts programme that brings socially engaged arts and creative projects to the older population across the Liverpool Region. It is a partnership between FACT, Open Eye Gallery and National Museums Liverpool and funded by Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation.

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