To Serve: an artist discussion and screening

Thursday 6 April / 6:30pm / FREE, booking required
The Box (FACT, 88 Wood Street)

We invite you to join us for an artist discussion and screening event exploring the spaces between military, custody and civilian life through the lens of collaborative artworks produced by veterans and artists, including the first public screening of The Separate System, a new collaborative commission produced by veterans at HMP Altcourse and HMP Liverpool with artist Katie Davies.

The exact number of former Armed Forces personnel in prison in Britain is at present unknown and figures are widely contested, but it is believed that the number represents ‘a significant subset of the adult male prison population and by occupation, potentially the largest’. With a move to now better recognise and support veterans within the criminal justice system, what does this identification mean for the individuals themselves?

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been working to produce creative projects with military veterans since 2012, through the Veterans in Practice programme. This work has now been developed further, to understand the issues and contexts for veterans within the criminal justice system.

The Separate System (2017) is a new collaborative commission facilitated by FACT’s Veterans in Practice programme, produced by veterans through workshops at HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse with artist Katie Davies. This cinematic film considers the distinct, yet interconnected, spaces of the military, custody and ‘civilian’ life. Alongside The Separate System we will be showing FF Gaiden: Control (2016), FACT’s pilot project by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy with veterans at HMP Altcourse. The event will be chaired by
Dr. Emma Murray, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of the Reimagining Conflict: Policy, Pedagogy and the Arts research centre.

We hope you can join us for this special screening and discussion event.

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Supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.