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Word Plinth 2003
Gareth Jones

Mead Gallery University of Warwick
Until 26 June
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FACT Opens Flagship Building [added 20/3/03]

FACT, which opened the first purpose-built arts building in Liverpool for 60 years in February 2003, is the flagship organisation for the research, production and presentation of film, video and new media art, embracing digital imaging, moving and still pictures, film and interactive information technologies. The organisation has commissioned over 100 digital media artworks since its foundation in 1988 - including projects with Mark Wallinger, Barbara Kruger and Tony Oursler. The organisation has commissioned over 100 digital media artworks since its foundation in 1988 - including projects with Mark Wallinger, Barbara Kruger and Tony Oursler.

FACT combines an international artistic programme, focussing on new commissions or projects not previously seen in the UK by established and emerging artists, with a commitment to working with the culture and communities of Merseyside. It has extended the fundamental premise of film making as a collaborative practice, to work with education and community interest groups, running for example the first tenant run superchannel with residents of a Liverpool Housing Action Trust tower block and from this April Common Channel, a webcasting project with community groups across the North West. (www.tenantspin.org & www.commonchannel.org.) Formal education initiatives include a teacher in residence two and half days a week, engaged on working with other teachers as well as school children. (see article The Guardian, 15th October 2002 , click here. Artist-led projects with schools allow pupils access to tools otherwise unavailable to them and not ordinarily considered in standard arts provision. 'Stream and Shout', for example is a programme with primary and secondary schools in the Fazakerley and Croxteth areas of Liverpool, looking at the transition from primary to secondary education through four internet radio projects developed collaboratively with artists.

FACT operates a partnership with City Screen and has received funding for its capital development from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England, the British Film institute, City Screen, England's Northwest, English Partnerships, The European Regional Development Fund through the Liverpool Rope Walks Partnership, Liverpool City Council, North West Arts Board and Northwest Development Agency.

For further information see www.fact.co.u.