Young people and families invited to make, do and learn together this summer at FACT

Learning at FACT. Photo by Georgia Glass

Young people and families invited to make, do and learn together this summer at FACT!

This summer, leading media arts centre FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool offers young people and families a chance to get hands-on with a range of digital and creative activities, from coding and electronics, to storytelling and filmmaking. Activities are inspired by FACT’s current exhibition The New Observatory, open until 1 October, which explores ways to measure, predict, and sense the world through data, imagination and other observational methods.

The open Learning Space in the FACT foyer invites families, schools and the local community to explore ideas around how we use the internet and how data collection could affect our futures. New art trolleys available in the space offer short creative activities suitable for all ages, and the weekly Do Something Saturday workshops provides a different way of experiencing the exhibition, by mapping the connections between the different works and instruments on display using observational drawing.

Working with artists and FACTLab, FACT’s experimental workshop space, these free, drop-in
sessions are designed for families to make, do and learn together.

Again this year, FACT’s Prototype Summer Camps invite creative young people to come along to FACT to imagine our future, and make inventions that respond to things happening on the Internet. In response to The New Observatory, participants are encouraged to make and test inventions in response to questions such as: How will we dress in the future? What technologies will we use? How will we travel? How will we keep safe? More information about the Prototype Summer Camps and how to book a place can be found on

An 8-year- old girl, who participated in Prototype earlier this summer designing a Kittybot – a robot that will alert future FACT about the River Mersey raising due to global warming – said: “Exploring coding at FACT is different because it is an art centre and there are lots things and people here that help to use our imagination.”


Lucia Arias, FACT’s Young People & Learning Manager, says: “We see FACT as a place for dialogue and artistic experiences, opening up possibilities for what society can become. Regarding creative technologies and learning new skills, we like this quote by Seymour Papert, one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence: You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know, when they need to know it. – and that’s what we aim to be doing, in exciting ways that suit all ages.”

FACT also offers school visits to The New Observatory, downloadable family and education packs, and a programme of films, Sci-Films to challenge the Future, which highlights topics such as climate change, the future of our planet, and stereotypes of young people in contemporary film. More information about FACT’s Learning team and activities can be found on

The New Observatory is produced in collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI).