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FACT Together

A new online commissioning scheme to support artists in lockdown. 10 artists and artist groups will receive grants of £1,500 each plus 3 months of support to create work from home.

FACT Together was set up in response to the financial uncertainty caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the temporary closure of galleries and museums across the world.

Open to all early-career artists in the North of England, FACT Together received proposals from over 250 artists, highlighting the growing need to support our creative community during these difficult times. The whole of the North was strongly represented with proposals from Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, Lancaster, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. Each artist will create a new work that will respond to The Living Planet, the title of our online programme and theme for 2020. The Living Planet, taking place across our website and social media looks at ways in which wildlife, plantlife and other ecological systems have responded to the impacts of our actions.

Awarded artists will develop their ideas over the next few months with professional development and support provided from our team who are working remotely. The open call asked artists to submit ideas that could be shared digitally which resulted in hundreds of proposals for podcasts, live streams, games, gifs, animations, performances, short films, social media takeovers, interactive artworks, workshops and more. Many of the artists selected for FACT Together have not previously created digital work, making this an exciting opportunity for both the artists and our online community.

FACT Together Artists FACT Liverpool MICHAELBRAILEY, Milda Baginskaitė, Jessica El Mal, Day Mattar, Gregory Herbert, Niloo Sharifi, Shonagh Short, Tammy Reynolds, Elle Bulger, Uma Breakdown

Meet the FACT Together artists!

Top from left to right: nil00 Sharifi, Shonagh Short, Tammy Reynolds, Elle Bulger, Uma Breakdown.

Bottom from left to right: MICHAELBRAILEY, Milda Baginskaitė, Jessica El Mal, Day Mattar, Gregory Herbert.

Animal Agency (2020)

Uma Breakdown is an artist, writer and researcher who uses horror studies, feminist literature and queer role-playing games to create art. Play the downloadable game, Animal Agency, online and find out more about the concept ‘ahuman’ which inspired the creation of the artwork

Shonagh Short PESTS Live Illustration by Rob Jackson


Online Event: PESTS Live


Take your place around the table as either a human or a household pest as we attempt to negotiate a new agreement for sharing space.



Live Meditation: You, Copiphora Gorgonensis


Join us from Facebook Live on Thu 22 October at 8pm and experience our latest FACT Together commission You, Copiphora Gorgonensis, created by MICHAELBRAILEY.

We Are Symbiotic Greg Herbert


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FACT Gallery

This exhibition presents 10 digital artworks created by artists in the North of England during lockdown in 2020.

Podcast: Accessibility as a Radical Creative Practice

On this episode of the podcast, Tammy Reynolds (artist and performer), Natalia Bedkowska (artist) and Dot Alma (queer audio describer and access worker) discuss accessibility not just as a basic right, but as a radical creative practice.


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In Conversation: Uma Breakdown and Lesley Taker

Uma Breakdown has made a visual novel in the form of a downloadable game for FACT Together, released earlier this week, called Animal Agency. Lesley, our Exhibitions Manager, had a chat with them about horror, critters, love, and how this commission altered Uma’s approach to world-building in the game space.


Screenshot from Animal Agency 2020 by Uma Breakdown Image courtesy of the artist


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