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The Living Planet

A year of exhibitions, artworks and events presented online and in real life that explore our relationship with the natural world.

Whilst we stay home and stay safe, The Living Planet looks at how we can build a more sustainable, responsible global community. In the midst of a global pandemic, we are all trying to find ways to connect with each other and the world around us and although our building may be closed at times, we are still open, creating moments where people, art and technology meet and merge.

This programme now feels more real than ever before. In 2020 and 2021, we will be trying to think beyond the human, looking at ways in which wildlife, plantlife and other ecological systems have responded to the impacts of our actions. We are collaborating with local and international artists, filmmakers, educators and experts to commission and create artistic content that will be shared through our social media, website and weekly newsletters.

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We wish all of you well in this period of uncertainty and hope you will join us in an exploration of what it means to exist digitally in our new shared reality.

Explore artworks, events, projects and resources that explore The Living Planet or take a look at some of the highlights below.


Events from this season

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Exhibition: And Say the Animal Responded?


Discover the exhibition online! Walk with the animals in a virtual tour and watch interviews with the artists as we explore the relationship between human and animal.

Augmented Empathy 2020 Keiken Sakeema Crook Ryan Vautier Photo by Drew Forsyth Installation view at FACT 11

Exhibition: Augmented Empathy


Immerse yourself in this new free exhibition that uses Instagram to explore how social media can be used as a space for exchange and artistic creation. Created by artist collective Keiken with Sakeema Crook and Ryan Vautier.

Keiken Collective Feel My Metaverse Mind Body and Screen

Live Performance: Augmented Empathy

Step into an augmented world that brings Instagram filters to life. Join us for a special event by artist collective Keiken and dance artist Sakeema Crook that uses augmented reality and your phone to present two live augmented performances.

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Artist Talk: Natural Glitch

Join us for an online conversation with Kasia Molga and Ivan Henriques as they discuss their work, Natural Glitches.

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.

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Soft Boys


Kiara Mohamed’s work examines the ways we exist alongside one another and our environment, as well as what happens when we readdress our traumas through moments of radical joy.


Liverpool Biennial 2021


Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port looks at the body and ways of connecting with the world with works from B.O.S.S. (Black Obsidian Sound System) and Zheng Bo.

We Are Symbiotic Greg Herbert

FACT Together


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

Latest articles

Artist Q&A: In Conversation with Uma Breakdown

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.

by Gina Schwarz

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

Blog: Chris Tynan, RSPB Liverpool

We invited Chris Tynan from RSPB Liverpool to share his knowledge to help you identify birds and bird calls in around Merseyside.

by Josh Barrow

RSPB Liverpool Robin