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FACT launches video-sharing platform to showcase the arts

FACT launches video-sharing platform to showcase the arts ,featuring exclusive content from Turner Prize nominee Elizabeth Price, RayDavies and David Shrigley

FACT is delighted to announce the launch of artplayer-  a new platform dedicated to supporting ,showcasing and promoting the UK’s arts organisations.

Supportedby Arts Council England, the stand-alone website for the platform launches this week and has been developed by FACT’s in-house team.

The platform forms part of FACT’s remit as digital lead in Arts Council England’s national portfolio of arts organisations.

For the viewing public, artplayer.tvoffers a video site specifically dedicated to the UK arts scene, with high-quality content, exclusive arts news and editorial that brings instant access to major artists and arts organisations. Current channel owners include Rambert Dance Company, Opera North and Nottingham Contemporary. Current video highlights includes coverage of Childs Play, a school play written by Kinks front man Ray Davies, an exclusive interview with TurnerPrize nominee Elizabeth Price for her exhibition at The Baltic and David Shrigley’s tattoo event at Abandon Normal Devices festival.

RogerMcKinley, artplayer Project Managersaid:

“The research we did showed us that the whole sector both wanted and would benefit from a centralised, tailored platform that could help promote the arts industryand support digital development across the sector. artplayer offers a place where the great work being done in the UK arts can really be consolidated and get seen. Crucially organisations can alsomanage their activity on artplayer themselves and tailor their “channel” on to reach this targeted arts audience.”

LucyDusgate, Relationship Manager (Digital & Creative Economy)Arts Council said:

“artplayer has the potential to be a place for cultural organisations and audiences to come together. A place to show and watch videos about art, share information and link to other websites in an easy-to-use way. We would encourage arts organisations to use multiple online sites such as this to reach wider audiences across the UK and internationally.” March 2012

Alongside the website, the platform includes mobile apps, and offers support services fororganisations including training, production and editing suite hire. The website also includes an editorialised strand including a monthly round-up programme of the UK arts called inFocus.

Branding for the website has been developed by Liverpool’s Error Creative Studio and apps are being developed by award-winning Liverpool developers Apposing.


Organisations that sign up on or before Wednesday 6 June will be entered into a prize draw for £5000 worth of artplayer services. For more information visit