The Jerwood Arts / FACT Digital Fellowship emerged from FACT’s ongoing commitment to nurturing a diverse new generation of artists, curators, film-makers, creative technologists and critical thinkers based in the UK. The fellowship received applications from over 260 creatives.
Responding to FACT’s year of The Living Planet which focuses on themes including climate change, ecology and community building, the selected artists were chosen by a panel of curators, producers, artists and researchers: Mariama Attah (Curator, Open Eye Gallery), Gabrielle Jenks (Director of Digital, The Factory), Antonio Roberts (Artist and Curator), and Maitreyi Maheshwari (Head of Programme, FACT).
The Fellows will take part in a remote residency to research and develop their initial proposal. During this time, using digital tools, they will receive bespoke training, mentoring, crits, production support and research input from the team at FACT, the other Fellows, and an invited selection of wider collaborators. Each residency will take place remotely and Fellows will present their work in Spring 2021. The awarded Fellows are:
Yambe Tam (London, UK)
Angela Chan (East Midlands, UK)
Tessa Norton (West Yorkshire, UK)
The Fellows will be encouraged to experiment with different online platforms, as well as test out elements of their research with the public in Spring 2021. In addition, Fellows are invited to participate in FACT’s Transformer Summit 2021, a gathering of leading artists and thinkers to help shape the questions we will explore in our wider future programme. Through this new initiative supported by Jerwood Arts, FACT will continue to champion artistic, cultural and disruptive uses of new media and technology, and further art’s engagement with scientific knowledge.