FACT Visitor Services Manager
Insurrection - 2 weeks of art, music, poetry and discussion put on by
Nerve Magazine at FACT from 31st March to 12th April.
By John Daly
Do arts organisations need to have more events
like Nerve Insurrection?
It’s absolutely our role to bring the best of art around the world
into Liverpool, and FACT has always been very internationalist in outlook
but what’s equally important is that the voices in your own city
also get heard; to get people in here to have a voice. As the first people
to come in here, in the 10 weeks of ‘Knowledge Lives Everywhere’,
Nerve have been fantastic. They set a really, really high standard.
Would you say Nerve has brought different
people into FACT?
Yes, I would. There are lots of people who are very familiar to me who
are regulars in here but there’s been brand new faces, and people
who might, perhaps, have been a little bit wary of coming in before. They
might see us as an establishment organisation, which in some ways it’s
fair enough to say that. Being able to have this space running in the
way it has, has made people feel more comfortable with us as an organisation,
and has given a voice to people in an establishment like this which wouldn’t
We do have non-establishment voices happening all the time really. But
to have something as well organised as this, and the continual input over
12 days is a real achievement.
Nerve Insurrection brought together over 50 artists of various kinds
with a budget of less than £500.