Events and Talks
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com and we will let you know when the booking opens.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9am on Monday 15 August, with a short paragraph outlining how the workshop is relevant to your practice or interests.
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.