What is Fabrica?
Fabrica is a visual arts organisation based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton that commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building.
Fabrica is a place where artists come to make new work. Fabrica supports and encourages the artists with whom it works to be adventurous and to test the boundaries of their practice. It encourages an open dialogue between artists and visitors within the gallery space and produces an integrated programme of education and audience development activity that strives to remove barriers to access, engagement and understanding.
There are six interlinked strands that define Fabrica’s activity.
1. An exhibition programme of three main shows each year often developed in partnership, for example with Brighton Festival. Alongside the exhibition programme we regularly commission artists in residence and run a rich programme of events and activities which offer our audience different routes to enjoying the exhibition itself as well as the themes and ideas from which it was developed. You’ll find more information about the current exhibition programme here.
2. An integrated learning and audience development programme, which is regularly reviewed to reflect Fabrica’s priorities and current audiences. Our learning programme covers artists’ professional development as well as work with schools, further and higher education students and community groups. Click here to find more details about our learning programme.
3. One off projects. Alongside our core activity Fabrica often takes on one off projects that may play out over a significant period of time and which inevitably inform our programme and regular activities. Current examples include Growing an Older Audience, which looks at encouraging people over 70 to engage with contemporary visual art and In Transition a collaboration between Fabrica volunteers and We Are The People Too a group of young film makers at the Brighton Youth Centre. Find out more about past and present projects here.
4. Support for artists. Built around the Artist Resource which offers a reference library, one-one sessions, talks, workshops, seminars and networking events, Fabrica is committed to the support and continuing professional development of artists. Please visit our Info for artists pages to find out more.
5. A volunteer and work placement scheme providing people of different ages and backgrounds with opportunities front of house, in the office and with the exhibition and education project teams. More details about volunteering with Fabrica can be found here.
6. Developing online presence. We recognise the important opportunity offered by social media to encourage creative participation in Fabrica, to allow the different voices of the organisation to shine through and to highlight some of the activity at Fabrica that may not have a public outcome. We are therefore continuing to build a strong and meaningful presence online and to cultivate an online audience which we consider to have equal value to our physical audience. You can find/follow us via the social media icons at the top of the page.
How is Fabrica funded?
Like most arts organisations Fabrica is funded from a variety of ever changing sources. Researching and applying for funding is a major occupation for us. There are some basic areas into which our current funding falls.
Regular funding. We are fortunate enough to have regular funding from Brighton and Hove City Council and from Arts Council England for whom we are an NPO (National Portfolio Organisation). This funding is typically awarded over a three-year period and regular reapplication is required. This public funding covers about 35-40% of our costs and we have to consistently seek additional sources of funding as detailed below.
European funding. Fabrica has a 10-year history of successful applications to the European Union Interreg programme for cross-border collaboration. During that time we have successfully completed and delivered a number of projects with partners in the UK, France and Belgium. We currently have two Interreg projects happening; Time and Place and Out of the Blue-Waide.
Project funding. We regularly apply for funding for specific projects. Growing an Older Audience is an example of this type of funding.
Venue hire. Hiring out Fabrica for social occasions and conferences/meetings is valuable income for us. You can find out more about hiring the space here.
Individual giving. We welcome donations in the gallery during exhibitions and events the majority of which are provided free of charge. If you would like to make a donation to Fabrica, you can do so via our donations page.
Registered charity number: 1055584
Registered Business Number: 3185119