You can rely on FACT to serve up a strong Biennial strand. And, this edition, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. Pillows included. We spoke to FACT to get the guided tour…

What’s Happening?

Three new Biennial commissions: Jemima Wyman’s Collective Coverings, Communal Skin; Pedro Reyes’s Melodrama and Other Games; and Ultimate Substance, a film by Anja Kirschner and David Panos. FACT is also showing the first UK solo show by acclaimed Lebanese filmmaker and photographer Akram Zaatari.

On top of that, the galleries will be open late every Wednesday, when we will also be
showing a programme of films, Q&As and events related to the Biennial theme of The
Uninvited Guest.

Why Should We Come?

Pedro Reyes’s games are great fun, and if you come and play one, you get a poster of
the artwork to take away. So if you fancy a pillow fight, a game of snakes and ladders-
style board game Melodrama and much more besides, head to the main public space.

If you’re feeling crafty you can get involved with the workshops helping Jemima Wyman’s hula hoop weavings grow throughout the building.

For something altogether more thought provoking, the film and photographic work of Akram Zaatari in Gallery 1 grabbed the attention of many critics over the opening weekend, thanks to its tender examination of real lives in the Middle East.

Upstairs in Gallery 2, Ultimate Substance is a documentary film about the Greek town, now nearly abandoned, which mined the silver that became the first currency.

What Shouldn’t We Miss?

The games in the foyer are really creating a happy atmosphere in the building, and it
is really nice to see people getting involved in the works and enjoying them so much.

Amazing Art Fact!

Akram Zaatari is one of the founders of The Arab Image Foundation, which collects, preserves and studies photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora taken over the last hundred years. If you liked his work you can see some wonderful pictures at the website

Any Special Dates?

Special guests including artists Wu Tsang, Karen Mirrza & Brad Butler, Al & Al, Matt
Wolf, and Ben Rivers will be with us for screenings of their films during our late
night Wednesday openings.

We will be hosting special event Break Bread Open on the Long Night of the Biennial (October 19), and will also host our special one-day event with talks and artist performances to celebrate the first anniversary of Channel 4’s Random Acts on October 26.

Your Biennial in Seven Words

International, local, fun, thoughtful – something for everyone.

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