FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)

Liverpool. United Kingdom
www.fact.co.uk


Image: Clams, Marco Barotti

About the residency at FACT

For 2020, FACT particularly encourages applications from artists whose research and practice engages with global or local environmental/climate change issues (including animal and human rights).

For 2021, FACT particularly encourages applications from artists whose research and practice address issues relating to race and migration.

FACT is also keen for artists whose practices involve a participatory aspect or collaborative research to apply.


Image: Arrival City at FACT (2019). Photo by Rob Battersby

Residency Period

Each residency will take place over 2 months.

The 2020 residency will take place between March – August 2020 and the 2021 residency will take place between January – May 2021.

Applications can choose one of two timeframes or indicate that they are available for both. Please note FACT’s programme themes for each year above.


Image: Photo by Drew Forsyth

Equipment & Resources

Throughout the residency period, each artist will be granted access to FACT’s equipment and workshop space. The space, which is located on the third floor and next to FACT’s offices, is ideal for workshops, co-working, presenting, desktop-making, planning and teaching. It includes work surfaces, a central bank of desks and chairs (seating up to 18), presentation screens, basic kit and computers.

FACT also has a Learning Space, which is located on the ground floor and visible as you first walk into the building. This space is ideal for informal meetings, group discussion, workshops, maker events and engaging with the public.

Artists-in-residence will also have access to a gallery prep space in which they can cut, paint and undertake other dust-making work with access to a full range of basic tools (including power tools). FACT has a dedicated and friendly team to support artists during their residency including a Technical Manager, Learning Technologist, IT Manager, Video Production Manager, Senior Exhibitions Producer and Marketing Manager on site who are able to troubleshoot and assist during your residency.

Below is an indicative list of the general kit we have available to artists during their residency:

Screens:
1x 65” display 4K monitor

Kits and Maker tools:
6 x Raspberry Pi model B+ & peripherals
4 x Raspberry Pi model 2 & peripherals
10 x Arduino & programming cables
14 x Breadboards
Misc jumper leads & LEDs
7 x servo motors
7 x moisture sensors
7 x Infra Red distance sensors
7 x volume sensors
2 x heart rate sensors
8 x Ultrasonic sensors
5 x Soldering irons & gripper devices
1 x Oscilloscope
4 x MBot educational robots
1 x Bench Power supply.
1 x Makey Makey
6 x 5v A/C portable power packs

Printers:
1x Ultimaker 2+
1x Formlabs 2
1x UP! Plus 2
4 spools of Edge filament
3 spools of Verbatim filament
Various resins

Virtual Reality
1 x HTC Vive
1 x Oculus Rift CV1

Computers:

  • High-speed PC (i.e. ideal for rendering software etc)
    Specs: AMD Ryzen 1700 8 Core, 16 Thread, 3.7GHz
    16GB of Memory
    Very Fast Storage drive 256GB of storage
    4gb R460 GPU
  • 10x fully networked Intel Mac Mini 2014 computers equipped with both Windows and Apple Mac OSX (inc. Microsoft Office package). Ideal for teaching scenarios.
  • 1 Intel NUC i5 Computer for presenting on large screen + wireless KB and mouse.
  • HTC Vive
  • Range of iPads (4th generation)

Please note in addition to this, we also have a range of exhibitions-standard kit which can be used for testing and/or presentation if available, including:

  • Various Panasonic and Christie projectors
  • Varying size projection surfaces
  • 20x 40” NEC (and some larger Samsung) flatscreens
  • CRT monitors
  • Martin Audio and Genelec speaker systems
  • Sennheiser headphones

FACT also has a close partnership with the Liverpool School of Art and Design at nearby university, Liverpool John Moores. The school boasts a FabLab featuring laser cutters, powder printers, and large format 3D scanners. We are also very close to DoES Liverpool, a nearby makerspace, who host maker nights and have a wide range of kit which can be used by anyone after an induction, at a small cost.