Press release: artplayer launch

artplayer launches – a video-sharing platform to showcase the arts, featuring exclusive content from Turner Prize nominee Elizabeth Price, Ray Davies and David Shrigley

We are delighted to announce the launch of artplayer –  a new platform dedicated to supporting, showcasing and promoting the UK’s arts organisations.

Supported by Arts Council England, the stand-alone website for the platform launches today (22 May) and has been developed by the the in-house team at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

For the viewing public, offers a video site specifically dedicated to the UK arts scene, with high-quality content, exclusive arts news and editorial that brings instant access to major artists and arts organisations. Current channel owners include Rambert Dance Company, Opera North and Nottingham Contemporary. Current video highlights includes coverage of Childs Play, a school play written by Kinks front man Ray Davies, an exclusive interview with Turner Prize nominee Elizabeth Price for her exhibition at The Baltic and David Shrigley’s tattoo event at Abandon Normal Devices festival.

Roger McKinley, artplayer Project Manager said:

“The research we did showed us that the whole sector both wanted and would benefit from a centralised, tailored platform that could help promote the arts industry and support digital development across the sector. artplayer offers a place where the great work being done in the UK arts can really be consolidated and get seen. Crucially organisations can also manage their activity on artplayer themselves and tailor their “channel” on to reach this targeted arts audience.”

Lucy Dusgate, Relationship Manager (Digital & Creative Economy) Arts Council said:

artplayer has the potential to be a place for cultural organisations and audiences to come together. A place to show and watch videos about art, share information and link to other websites in an easy-to-use way. We would encourage arts organisations to use multiple online sites such as this to reach wider audiences across the UK and internationally.” (March 2012)

Alongside the website, the platform includes mobile apps, and offers support services for organisations including training, production and editing suite hire. The website also includes an editorialised strand including a monthly round-up programme of the UK arts called inFocus.

Branding for the website has been developed by Liverpool’s Error Creative Studio and apps are being developed by award-winning Liverpool developers Apposing.

Organisations that sign up on or before Tuesday 19th June will be entered into a prize draw for £5000 worth of artplayer services. For more information visit


For interviews, images and further information, please contact:

Lucie Davies
PR and Communications Officer
+44 (0)151 707 4405

Stuart Robarts
artplayer marketing
+44 (0)151 707 4401

Notes to Editors

About FACT
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool.

About Arts Council

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Between 2011 and 2015, Arts Council England will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


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