Events

Events and Talks

  • Going to See Culture Together: August

    Monday 1 August, 2pm - 4pm

    Join Jonathan Quarterman for a group visit to ONCA’s exhibition, Experiencing Change / Changing Experience, which investigates a world where environment and society is in a state of flux with large, and sometimes devastating, changes predicted for the future. Change can seem inevitable or out of our hands, so how much influence do we have on change? Do we just react to the changes we experience or can we intervene?

    Find out more information on ONCA’s website here

    Booking essential – click here to book. For more assistance please call Fabrica on 01273 778646 or by emailing office@fabrica.org.uk. If you would like support with transport to attend Going to See Culture Together please enquire.

    We invite you to donate no more than £3 at the event, which helps to pay for any expenses at our meetings.

  • Experimental Life Drawing

    Tuesdays 2, 9 & 23 August, 10am - 1pm

    These drawing sessions create a space for people to explore their own drawing; to experiment, to take a risk, to think through drawing as they work from the life model. The sessions are open to all, whether experienced or beginners. Jane Fordham will support and guide individuals in their own quests to explore.

    Materials and refreshments provided.

    To book please email jane.fordham@fabrica.org.uk

  • Artist Story – Dan Thompson

    Wednesday 3 August, 6-7.30pm

    Dan Thompson is an award-winning social artist, writer, and speaker living in Margate.
    His work is about people and places. He is interested in the creation of social capital, in abandoned or underused spaces, and in DIY approaches to art, culture and social action.

    Dan is currently making new work for the first Estuary Festival, working with Southampton Cultural Development Trust to map creative use of space across the city, collaborating with artist and printmaker Dawn Cole with the history of printing in Union Crescent, Margate as their starting point and writing a report into starting a pop up for a national charity.

    Dan will talk about his past and current projects for this talk at Fabrica.

    This event is free however booking is advisable: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-story-dan-thompson-tickets-26148214012

  • Both Sides Now: Art, Science, Tech

    Thursday 4 August, Doors & Bar 8.15pm, Event starts 8.30pm

    Art, Science, Tech brings together work by five artists who work with creative technology, to explore science, philosophy and culture. Larry Achiampong & David BlandySemiconductor and Feng Mengbo will present work at Fabrica on 4 August, as part of videoclub and Videotage‘s programme, Both Sides Now 3.

    The programme will include films by Achiampong and Blandy, and Semiconductor, and a live performance by Feng Mengbo who is here especially from Beijing to deliver his performance.

     £3 entry

    We recommend booking in advance for these events as places are limited. Book online via Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Walking the Labyrinth

    Sunday 7 August, 12.45 - ­1.45pm

    Jeff and Kimberly Saward outline the origins and symbolic function of the labyrinth. Jeff and Kimberly are the co ­founders and directors of Labyrinthos, the Labyrinth Resource Centre, Photo Library and Archive, publishers of Caerdroia, the Journal of Mazes and Labyrinths, and were founding members of the Labyrinth Society in 1998.

    £3/£1.50 concessions. We recommend booking in advance for this event as places are limited. Book online via Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Conversation Piece: Every Apple Tells a Story

    Tuesday 9 August, 2.30-4pm

    The plants we cultivate are as much a cultural product as the books, theatre and art we make: reflecting who we are, our ideals, our heritage. Brighton Permaculture Trust manages the National Collection of Sussex apple trees which includes over 30 varieties, some of which are extremely rare.

    Guest speaker Peter May, Co-founder of the Collection joins Lorenza Ippolito to discuss our centuries-old relationship with the apple: touching on its provenance, myth, Sussex folklore, varieties and conservation.

    This event is free but we welcome donations.

  • Cemetery of Splendour – Brighton Premiere

    Wednesday 10 August. Doors & Bar 8pm, Event starts 8.30pm

    Presented by Open Colour and Fabrica Film Club

    The latest masterpiece from visionary Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul is, like his beguiling Palme d’Or winner ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’, a transfixing, enigmatic work of restrained “magical realism” that delivers the mythical and mundane in equal, hushed tones.
    In ‘Cemetery of Splendour’, a unit of soldiers have succumbed to a mysterious sleeping sickness. A young medium acts as a go between using her psychic powers to help visiting family and friends communicate with their comatose loved ones. As events unfold she begins to suspect the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome links them to an ancient burial ground that lies beneath their makeshift clinic.
    Mesmerising and gently humorous, ‘Cemetery of Splendour’ is a sublime fusion of history, memory, mysticism and socio-political allegory.

    Top 10 film of 2015 for Sight & Sound, Cahiers du Cinema, and Cinema Scope.

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Malaysia | 122 minutes | 2015

    £4 Advance / £5 on door.

    We recommend booking in advance for these events as places are limited. Book online via Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Animated Doodles

    Sunday 14 August, 10.30am - 12pm

    Developing the short film created at Doodle on Video on 16 July, this workshop offers participants the chance to learn basic drawn animation techniques to add detailed animated doodles and personalisation to clips of the film footage. Filmspot’s pop-up studio at Fabrica will give a semi-professional experience that includes using animation paper and peg bars, and will respond to themes in the exhibition.

    After the workshop, the animations will be scanned and set in sequence, with the final animation released online. Participants will be able to collect their animations after scanning, in the form of flickbooks.

    Suitable for beginners aged 10+ (under 16’s must be accompanied by a guardian, who gets in free).

    £5 (guardians free). Materials and refreshments provided. We recommend booking in advance for this event as places are limited. Book online via Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • MOVING PICTURES: A mini-programme of film-based events

    Film Forum: Living on the Outside

    Monday 15 August, Doors & Bar 5.30pm, Event starts 6pm

    Exploring the representation and documentation of homelessness through film and filmmaking, the Film Forum team will collaborate with filmmakers and exhibitors, screening a selection of films to reflect on local and wider experiences of the homeless community in our society.

    Free popcorn and a low-cost bar provided

    Draw to Film: 51 Paintings

    Tuesday 16 August, 1 – 4pm

    An experiment in ways to watch film by making drawings. Connect your eyes with your hands and let the film’s images take over, filling you with new ideas and possibilities.

    51 Paintings is the first of five experimental art films shot between 2006-2013 in Germany, England and Australia. After visiting the German medieval church of St Michael’s in Schwabisch Hall, Australian director Shaun Wilson recreated 51 characters found in the displayed religious paintings into other places of historical note with actors, friends and other filmmakers playing out an idea of creating a ‘memory’ of each painting through video.

    There are no words spoken, only moving paintings and is meant to be experienced, not understood. This experimental, non-narrative film plays out the notions of slowness as a means of cinematic device by exploring the poetic links between memory, art and time.

    Basic drawing materials and refreshments provided

    Film Club: Into Eternity (75mins, 2010, Rating 12)

    Tuesday 16 August, Doors & Bar 7pm, Event starts 7.30pm

    This jaw-dropping documentary explores the long term storage solution for our nuclear waste – Onkalo in Finland. A uniquely unnerving delivery makes this feature stand alone as a piece of factual storytelling and considers the decisions we are making for future generations – and other intelligent beings – in our environment over the next 100,000 years.

    Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. Time seems to stand still. That Into Eternity is indeed nonfiction—and would make for a great midnight scare flick—renders it all the more startling and disturbing. – SLANT Magazine

    Free popcorn and a low-cost bar provided

    Programme Pass £10 / £8 or each event £5 / £3
    Buy programme pass
    Tickets: Living on the Outside
    Tickets: 51 Paintings
    Tickets: Into Eternity

    We recommend booking in advance for these events as places are limited. Book online via links above (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • The Edible Landscape

    Wednesday 17 August, 6­ - 7.45pm

    Passionate about ecological agriculture, Old Tree botanical brewery make artisanal drinks from foraged ingredients. Co ­founders Nick Godshaw and Thomas Daniell will lead a walk around the site, providing an insight into their working methods and their plan to create a network of drink forests,
    (landscapes of edible plants which are also thriving ecosystems) that provide fruits and herbs to make nourishing and exciting drinks.

    Meet Lorenza at Fabrica at 6pm or at the Brewhouse Cafe at 6.30pm. The event involves a bus ride to the former Preston Barracks, Lewes Road and a short walk to the Cafe. Please bring enough money for your bus fare and a drink in the cafe.

    £3/£1 concessions.We recommend booking in advance for this event as places are limited. Book online via Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Meet artist in residence Lorenza Ippolito

    Saturdays 9 July & 20 August, 1– 3pm

    Inspired by the agenda of The Third Paradise Lorenza will be exploring how artists can be part of Brighton & Hove’s shift towards being a more sustainable city.

    During July and August Lorenza will be hosting a series of group visits, walks and public conversations with local socially responsible companies to understand how artists and companies could work together to create places of enduring value.

    Lorenza will be available in the gallery on these dates to chat with gallery visitors about her residency.

    Visit her residency blog: ecologiesofplace.wordpress.com to find out more.

  • All About Apples

    Sunday 21 August, 2-5pm

    Brighton Permaculture Trust have instigated a range of initiatives to grow and conserve the many delicious apple varieties which come from Sussex, including planting almost 90 orchards with Sussex schools and communities. Peter May will introduces the work of the Trust, and lead a tour of the Old Stanmer Orchard and Home Farm Orchard, two orchards renovated by the Trust at Stanmer Park.

    Direction: Meet Lorenza at Fabrica at 2pm or at the entrance to Stanmer Park around 2.45pm. The event involves a bus ride to Stanmer Park entrance then a half hour walk up through the Park to the orchards. Please bring your own snacks and drinks, enough money for your bus fare and wear appropriate footwear.

    £3/£1 concessions – booking details tbc but if you are interested in this event please email valerie.furnham@fabrica.org.uk and we will let you know when the booking opens.

  • Sustenance: A Supper for the Third Paradise

    Thursday 25 August, 6.30 -­ 9.30pm

    How can artists and companies work together to create places of enduring value? The University of Brighton and Fabrica are inviting 20 artists and sustainable businesses to come together to discuss this question over dinner. Places are limited and booking is essential.

    This event is free but places are limited. To register for a place please email caitlin.heffernan@fabrica.org.uk no later than 9am on Monday 15 August, with a short paragraph outlining how the workshop is relevant to your practice or interests.

  • Scalarama Brighton Launch: Forbidden Zone & DJ Night

    Thursday 1 September, Doors & Bar 7pm, Event starts 7.30pm

    To launch Scalarama Brighton 2016, Fabrica and Filmspot invite you to step into The Forbidden Zone, a bizarro world of frog butlers, topless princesses, machine-gun toting teachers, a lascivious dwarf king and his jealous wife, and the Devil himself (played by a terribly dapper Danny Elfman).
    You’ve never seen anything like it…!

    A favourite from the midnight movie circuit, in the vein of Rocky Horror and Hedwig, The Forbidden Zone is a demented tribute to the hot jazz and dark glamour of a lost age, filtered through the mind of a maniac. The film’s bonkers storyline, eclectic cast, animated sequences, light-hearted deviancy and memorable Cab Calloway-inspired musical numbers certainly make for a compelling experience.

    Go weird or go home!

    £6 / £5

    Followed by a free themed DJ set with pay bar and entertainment from 9pm-12am – this is one you don’t want to miss!

    We recommend booking in advance as places are limited. Book online Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Animal Farm

    Monday 5 September, Doors & Bar 7pm, event starts 7.30pm

    Animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor set up Halas & Batchelor Cartoons 75 years ago. The studio occupies a unique place in British cinema and, throughout its history, it always strove to pioneer new styles and techniques from paper cut-out figures to computer animation. The impact of the creative partnership of Halas & Batchelor is enormous, and the studio went on to create more than 2,000 films over 50 years.

    Vivien Halas, is the daughter of Halas and Batchelor, and director of the Halas & Batchelor Collection, which is now housed at the BFI National Archive. She has written and lectured extensively about her parents’ lives and work.

    Jez Stewart is a curator at the BFI National Archive, responsible for the animation collection. He has worked closely with Vivien on the accession of the Halas & Batchelor, as well as overseeing the acquisition of the Bob Godfrey films collection.

    In this event, presented by Fabrica and Filmspot, Vivien and Jez will talk about the importance of the studio and introduce their best-known work, the adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, which is regarded as the first British feature length animation. An outstanding achievement for John Halas and Joy Batchelor, this landmark adaptation brilliantly conveys the horror and humour of George Orwell’s scathing satire.

    £6 / £5 

    We recommend booking in advance as places are limited. Book online Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Rubber

    Tuesday 6 September, Doors & Bar 7pm, event starts 7.30pm

    Fabrica and Filmspot present Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist satire is easily the most compelling film about a killer tyre with telekinetic powers that you are ever likely to see.

    The film is the story of Robert, an abandoned, inanimate tyre in the desert that suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. At first content to prey on discarded objects and small desert creatures, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction behind, Robert becomes a chaotic force and truly a movie villain for the ages. Beautifully shot, Dupieux takes the leftfield premise to the next level, by breaking the fourth wall. The director, AKA DJ Mr. Oizo, is also responsible for the mesmerizing, soundtrack, which adds to the film’s unexpected interest.

    A wacky film starring a sentient tyre or an intelligent commentary about our voyeuristic culture – you decide!

    £6 / £5

    We recommend booking in advance as places are limited. Book online Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • The Violators + Q&A with director Helen Walsh

    Wednesday 7 September, Doors & Bar 7pm, event starts 7.30pm

    A powerful and engaging British drama, THE VIOLATORS is the directorial debut of acclaimed writer Helen Walsh, who also wrote the film, following her award-winning work on novels including best-sellers The Lemon Grove, Once Upon A Time In England and Brass. The cast is led by rising stars Lauren McQueen (The Mill, Ordinary Lies) and Brogan Ellis (Waterloo Road) alongside Stephen Lord (Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Route Irish), Liam Ainsworth (Kajaki), Derek Barr (Pride) and newcomer Callum King Chadwick.
    After testifying against her abusive father, Shelly (McQueen), finds herself rehoused on a sink estate she can barely call home. A petty thief, Shelly spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities. When she attracts the attention of estate loan shark and groomer, Mikey Finnegan (Lord), Shelly finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel (Ellis). As Shelly’s relationship with Mikey develops, so does Rachel’s fixation with Shelly. The shock-revelation that Shelly’s father is to be given early parole forces Shelly to make a decision that will alter the fates of all three of them forever.
    Set amid the desolate beauty of a post-industrial wasteland, THE VIOLATORS is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls’ sexuality.
    Followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Helen Walsh.

    £6 / £5

    We recommend booking in advance as places are limited. Book online Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Keep the Home Fires Burning

    Thursday 8 September, 1pm - 4pm

    Join us for this special drop-in event, to explore and contribute to our local heritage project, The Boys on the Plaque!

    Keep the Home Fires Burning brings together local research, creative workshops and exhibitions, heritage activities and screenings to explore personal memories of Brighton & Hove residents during WWI wartime and the stories that have been left behind for us to rediscover.

    Fabrica is based in the former Holy Trinity Church in Brighton, which was built in 1817 and has a rich and fascinating history. For one day only, Fabrica will open it’s doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits to discover more about our local community and inspire new ways of considering our home front experience of the Great War.

    Keep the Home Fires Burning is a relaxed free drop-in activity and all ages are welcome. Free hot and soft drinks and are available throughout, as well as some lovely cakes, and guests are invited to relax and chat whilst enjoying the event and activities.

    Visitors are also invited to bring their own stories and keepsakes to share with volunteers and staff and contribute to our research project, which seeks to uncover the history of each of 95 local soldiers who are commemorated in the church. Could you be a relative of one of the Boys? They mostly lived in the streets surrounding the church – you can find a list of the names online here

    This event is free and you are welcome to drop-in anytime between 1-4pm. Donations welcome.

  • Begotten in 16mm with Live Score

    Thursday 8 September, Doors & Bar 8pm, event starts 8.30pm

    Listed at number 23 in The 50 Most Disturbing Movies, this daring, intense and beguiling film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.

    Filmmaker E. Elias Merhige’s 74-minute art film is an utterly surreal visual journey made up of thick, grainy black and white images of horror. Shown on 16mm film in the former Regency church at Fabrica, this screening will be an immersive and unforgettable experience.

    “What we do successfully register throughout the duration of Begotten seems wholly concerned with suffering and brutality. The film thus resembles a subconscious nightmare made manifest; as though the Earth itself could “dream” and transmit that disturbing phantasm to us — its wards — a chronicle of its long, ever-changing violent seasons.”  – John Kenneth Muir

    This screening will be accompanied by the live score from The Begotten, whose bizarre bundle of electronics, guitars, eerie vocals and heavy chains will create a fitting backdrop to a ghostly 16mm projection.

    £10 / £8

    We recommend booking in advance as places are limited. Book online Eventbrite (booking fee applies). Payments can also be made in cash (no additional fee) during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office on Mondays/Tuesdays 10am – 4pm. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for paid events over the phone.

  • Boys on the Plaque Walking Tours

    Friday 9 and Wednesday 14 September, 6pm

    Led by local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead, this will be a unique Walking Tour of Brighton’s historic South Lanes and North Laine area. Exploring the stories of local soldiers that we have discovered as part of a local heritage project, we get to know the young men who lived in these streets over 100 years ago, before joining a war that took them far from home.

    Inspired by a selection of stories from local soldiers commemorated on a memorial plaque at the Holy Trinity Church, the tour will begin at Fabrica art gallery. This tour is part of a WWI local heritage project The Boys on the Plaque boysontheplaque.wordpress.com

    Starting at Fabrica, the tour will last 60-90 minutes and will take place on the streets of Brighton – sensible shoes and attire recommended. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12. Free to join, donations welcomed.

    Booking welcome here: Tour 1 & Tour 2, but feel free to just drop in at 6pm to join the tour.

  • Film Forum: Face to Face

    Monday 12 September, Doors & Bar 6.30pm, event starts 7pm

    This event engages with the genre of portrait though filmmaking, exploring the representational aspect of this discourse through a variety of different aesthetic and contextual approaches.

    For this event Film Forum is partnering with this year’s Diep~Haven Festival, a cross-Channel festival of contemporary creation in Sussex and Normandy. The 2016 edition of the Festival, Face to Face, positions portraiture as a way to explore our society through its individual members, and considers the role of contemporary creators in questioning what constitutes identity and in revealing its complexity and diversity.

    We will be featuring two artist/filmmakers and their works which are being presented as part of Face to Face; Sabina Kassoumova and a segment of ‘Des Recits Sur La Carte: East Sussex’ (Stories on the Map: East Sussex) a new commission by Diep~Haven which documents the filmmaker’s meetings and discussions with expatriates living in and around Newhaven; and Nino Laisné and his piece ‘Folk Songs’ which documents the stories of immigrants and victims of human trafficking.

    Furthermore, in direct response to Face to Face and considering the portrait genre we will also be screening a piece created by a Brighton Film School student selected from a call out process.

  • Conversation Cafes

    Monthly on Wednesdays, 2.30-4.30pm from October 2015

    Twelve sessions from October 2015 – October 2016

    A series of twelve events exploring The Boys on the Plaque project. Run by Nicola Benge from Strike A Light, the Boys on the Plaque Conversation Cafe’s will discover, collate and share objects, photographs and documents to tell Brighton & Hove’s personal and community history during World War 1. Material for activities will be sourced in county and national archives, whilst local people and descendants of The Boys on the Plaque will add new resources to our collection.

    These sessions are free to join and complimentary refreshments are provided. We ask that if you would like to join the group, that you commit to attending the majority (ideally all) of the sessions to maintain a continuing group discussion over the course of the year – but if one of the sessions is of particular interest, please feel free to join us.

    For more info please check out the project blog, or contact the Fabrica office on 01273 778646 or office@fabrica.org.uk to book.