bloc // April 14, 2011

Eddie Berg ⁄⁄

Eddie Berg became the Artistic Director of the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank in spring 2005. He is also leading the development of the arts vision for a new £100m international centre for film and the moving image in London by 2012 on behalf of the BFI. He was formerly the founder and Chief Executive of FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. He was responsible for conceiving and leading the £11m FACT Centre development, which opened to public and critical acclaim in Liverpool in February 2003, forming a crucial part of Liverpool’s successful bid to become European Capital of Culture 2008. The first purpose-built arts project in the city for more than 60 years FACT is now Britain’s leading centre for film, video and new media art.

Since FACT’s inception in 1988 Eddie has been responsible for commissioning and producing more than 100 projects by UK-based and international artists working in film, video and new media and has curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, screenings and events across the world. He has extensively lectured internationally and served on juries and panels at film, art, media, government and corporate events and festivals internationally; was part of the curatorial team for the 2002 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art; was a judge for the 2004 Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists, was a member of the Alexander Korda Jury for the Best British Film at the 2006 BAFTA’s and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded the £10,000 ART 05 Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Cultural Life of England’s North West jointly sponsored by the Arts Council and the BBC.