Events and Talks
Wednesday 2 November, 2-4pm
A relaxed and social event to explore cultural activities together. Join Jonathan Quarterman on a visit to see an exhibition by one of Britain’s most powerful figurative painters; Graham Dean. His watercolour works have been described as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘immensely powerful’ in his relentless investigation of the human body. We will also have an exciting opportunity for a Q&A with the exhibitions curator, Robin Cameron.
This event takes place at Cameron Contemporary Art gallery, 2nd Ave, Hove
This event is free (we welcome donations) but places are limited so we recommend that you reserve yours in advance. Book online by visiting Eventbrite. You can also reserve a place by talking to a member of the gallery team during gallery opening hours or by calling the Fabrica office on 01273 778646.
Thursday 3 November. Doors & bar 7.30pm, event starts 8pm
Presented in partnership with Open Colour
In California in the early 1940s, John and James Whitney began their experiments with abstract filmmaking, and the construction of their own synthetic sound generating machine, which they used to realise the soundtracks for their Five Film Exercises. A selection of which form the foundation of this programme.
Chromasonic Feedback presents a selection of live action and animated shorts, which marry electronic music with abstraction.
£4 adv / £5 on the door
Book online via SeeTickets (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.
2-4pm on Sunday 6, 13, 20 & 27 November
Join Fabrica volunteers for these informal drop in workshops that are open to all.
Monday 7 November, 4.30pm - 8.30pm
Students are invited to a private viewing of current exhibition Kick Over The Statues, followed by a documentary film screening of Open Mic. Photographer and filmmaker Ewen Spencer will be joined by Dr. Ben Burbridge, a Photoworks associate and lecturer in Art History at the University of Sussex. The pair will discuss Ewen’s work, career progression and professional development.
This two-part event has been planned, organised and run as part of a student placement at Fabrica. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming one of the new student placements this January then please feel free to come along to the gallery at 4.30pm. There will be talks by current volunteers, placement students and Fabrica staff, along with relevant information on how to apply.
This event is free and only open to those with a valid student ID card. There will also be a pay bar, so although we welcome all students please bring a proof of age if you wish to buy any alcohol. Please book a ticket here on Eventbrite.
Monday 14 November, doors & refreshments 12.30pm, event starts 1pm
Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.
This event is free and exclusive to school groups. FULLY BOOKED
Monday 14 - Tuesday 15 November
See below for individual prices
Mon 14 Nov
Film Forum: Art Docs
Doors & bar 6.30pm, event starts 7pm
£5 / £3
Join us for this special programme of short documentaries that seeks to explore culture and the arts. This event is part of BRIGHTON SCREENINGS, selected from open submissions to CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival.
Supported by Lighthouse and Brighton Film School, presented in partnership with Cinecity
Tues 15 November
Draw to Film
Drawing to film has become a popular regular event at Fabrica, 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. Facilitated by artist Jane Fordham, beginners and experienced drawers are all welcome.
Basic materials and refreshments provided. The materials are specially selected for the event, and if you like them, they will be available to buy at the end of the workshop.
Film Club: Bill Cunningham New York
Doors & bar 7pm, event starts 7.30pm
£5 / £3
Celebrating his 80th birthday in this 2011 documentary, Bill Cunningham has cycled the streets of Manhattan photographing the things that he loves; great clothes that make people feel good about themselves.
Wednesday 16 November, 6.30pm doors & bar, 7pm start
Experimental films from artist filmmakers, challenging your perception and expectations of film.
The programme has been selected from open submissions to CINECITY. Brighton Screenings are films made in Brighton or by Brighton filmmakers and gives us the chance to highlight some of the talented filmmakers working in the region today. This programme is presented in partnership with Experimental Motion: the Art of Film Innovation a new exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
£5 / £3 entry
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.
Thursday 17 November, 6.30-8pm
Melissa Campbell (b.1973) works with archives to explore the connections between ourselves, the traces we leave and the journeys we take. Playing detective, she uses photographs and texts as a starting point to investigate the stories they may contain and the function of the object itself. Campbell works across printmaking and photography, making lens-based work, books and films.
For her presentation at Fabrica, Melissa will discuss her work and inspiration in more detail.
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.
Tuesday 22 November, Doors & Refreshments 9.30am Event starts 10am
Presented in partnership with Strike A Light as part of The Orange Lilies project.
Spanning 1900-1925 this is a loving adaptation of anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain’s memoir. Confronted with the realities of war, we watch Vera adjust to the dramatic shifts in her life, providing a much-needed female experience of World War One on film.
This event is free and exclusive to school groups. Places are limited so we recommend that you reserve yours in advance. Book online by visiting the INTO FILM website. You can also reserve a place by talking to a member of the gallery team during gallery opening hours or by calling the Fabrica office on 01273 778646.
Wednesday 7 December, Doors and Bar Open 7pm, Event starts 7.30pm
Presented by Fabrica Film Club, Eyes Wide Open Cinema and the University of Sussex Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence
This eye-opening 2013 documentary from directors He Xiaopei and Yuan Yuan takes an intimate look at the phenomenon of contract marriages in China between gay men and lesbians. These marriages are strategic necessities for survival for many queer Chinese citizens used to alleviate society’s heteronormative pressures.
Our Marriages follows four lesbians over the course of two years, as they negotiate their marriages to gay men while carving out spaces of communal living that enable queer forms of love, desire and family to exist under the auspices of traditional heterosexual marriage.
He Xiaopei and Yuan Yuan are the founders of ‘Pink Space’, an NGO working with people marginalised because of their gender and sexuality to create art representing their desires and experiences.
Yuan Yuan joins us for a post-screening Q&A.
£5 per ticket – book online at Eventbrite or you can purchase tickets with no booking fee in cash at the Fabrica office, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG during open hours. Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to availability. Cash only venue.