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For Framework for Trust, artist in residence Tessa Norton and artist Shonagh Short have produced a podcast by exchanging voice notes. Their unfolding conversation considers how questions of trust are important to their practice, and asks how learning to trust can offer solutions or create problems. Are artists trusted, or indeed trustworthy?

Shonagh Short features in our current exhibition, Rituals of Loneliness, 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.

Tessa Norton is one of three recipients of the Jerwood Arts / FACT Digital Fellowship, a new paid remote residency and artistic development opportunity. Tessa's work features in our current exhibition, Uncertain Data, which interrogates the trust we place in the data that governs us.

Listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podomatic or through the embedded player below.

Shonagh Short

Shonagh Short is a socially engaged artist based in Bolton, Greater Manchester. They make participatory, playful work that uses language in its widest sense, including metaphor and everyday visual language, as a lens to explore class, gender and society. Aesthetically they are influenced by their working-class background, utilising everyday items as materials in order to unpick preconceived notions and distinctions between high and low art, cultural value and societal status. They use humour as a site of resistance from which structural inequalities can be made visible.

Tessa Norton

Tessa Norton is an artist and writer based in West Yorkshire. Her work playfully explores cosmic and expansive worlds using unlikely theoretical frameworks like pop music, teen movies and ghost stories. Her publication The Fields Here Are Full of Ghosts was published by Wysing Polyphonic in 2019. Her writing has appeared in various publication including Tribune, The Wire and Burlington Contemporary, and in exhibitions and events at Rough Trade, Wysing Arts Centre, The Tetley, Liverpool Biennial, Flat Time House, and more. She is co-editor, with Bob Stanley, of the book Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall (Faber & Faber, 2021).

This podcast is made possible by funding from, and is part of, a wider research project funded by the European Union, called Artsformation. Artsformation has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation strand.

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.

Tessa Norton was awarded the Jerwood Arts / FACT Digital Fellowship in 2020. Funded by Jerwood Arts, the annual fellowship and remote residency appoints 3 emerging artists, curators, creative technologists, critical thinkers or cultural activists, from any background, to support their potential as producers of the future.