Events

Events and Talks

  • Meet artist in residence Lorenza Ippolito

    Saturdays 9 July & 20 August, 12 – 2pm

    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.

  • Lamb’s Tales: shepherding on the urban fringe

    Sunday 10 July, 2-5pm

    Lookerer (as volunteer urban shepherds are named) Jane Hawkins and Cityparks Ranger Paul Gorringe introduce the Lookerer scheme, discuss Sussex’s ancient history of sheep grazing and why it’s good for biodiversity and the human spirit.

    Directions: Meet Lorenza at Fabrica at 2pm. The event involves a bus ride to Whitehawk and a good hour’s walk up Sheepcote Valley (3km). Please bring money for your bus fare, wear stout shoes and bring snacks and drinks with you.

    £2/£1 concessions – booking details tbc

  • Larger Scale Working, led by Frances Lord

    Monday 11 July, 10am-1pm

    Cost £15, concessions £10

    This seminar is intended for artists and makers who want to find out more about the opportunities and practical considerations involved in working outside the studio, on for example a multi-partner project, public art or a site-specific commission. The seminar will include case studies, making a strong proposal, identifying and responding to briefs, working within budgets, dealing with contracts, effective project management, roles and responsibilities, time management and trouble shooting, copyright and other legal issues.

    With a combination of facilitated and informal discussion, we will look at what sort of skills you need, how to match aspirations to budgets, and what constitutes good practice.

    Frances Lord is a freelance consultant whose specialism is in the visual arts and crafts. Frances works with architects, developers, environmental agencies, local government, and directly with artists and arts organisations initiating, developing and managing arts and cultural projects. She has experience of curating, commissioning, policy and strategy development, mentoring and coaching, evaluation and fundraising. www.franceslord.com

    To book visit: Larger Scale Working If you wish to avoid booking fees you can pay in cash or cheque by visiting the Fabrica office Mon-Weds.

  • Experimental Life Drawing

    Tuesdays 12, 19 & 26 July, 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.

    £45 total

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

  • Film Forum at Lighthouse: Women and Comedy with Creative England

    Tuesday 12 July, doors & bar 6pm, event starts 6.30pm

    Film Forum is partnering with Lighthouse and Creative England to explore women in comedy through a number of short films. We will have a speakers and screenings from the iShorts Funny Girl series. The event will be catered to those who are interested in films, filmmaking and comedy allowing for opportunity for discussion and networking.

    There will be a pay bar.

    £5 / £3.50 Booking details tbc

  • Doodle on Video

    Saturday 16 July, 12 - 3pm

    Drop-in. Free entry – donations welcome

    Filmspot are back to facilitate two hands-on, creative and collaborative animation workshops that explore the exhibition through drawing, making and film. In this free drop-in workshop, participants of all ages are invited to purposefully doodle directly onto video frames, which will be scanned and compiled into a lively animation.

    Participants aged over 10yrs are also invited to book the follow-up workshop Animated Doodles on Sunday 14 August (£5).

  • Making Books: 3-part workshop series

    Sundays 17, 24 & 31 July, 10am -­ 1pm

    In this course you are the writer, artist, editor and maker. This series of workshops brings drawing and words together, mirroring the natural process a writer and artist go through with a piece of work. Led by experienced artists and collaborators Jane Fordham and Jackie Wills, the three critical stages of creating a book will be explored: finding the content, creating a narrative and editing. You will have the chance to make either a concertina book, pamphlet, or box book. You will explore writing, visual art and craft to find your subject through the form, metaphor and images. The emphasis is on using materials creatively, to approach the book as an imaginative exercise.

    A range of materials and complimentary Sunday breakfast will be provided at each session.

    Cost £120 total. Booking in advance for this event is essential as there is a minimum amount of participants required. To book please email jane.fordham@fabrica.org.uk or wills.jackie@googlemail.com directly.

  • Going to See Culture Together

    Monday 18 July, 2 - 4pm

    Join Jonathan Quarterman for a relaxed and social group visit to Fabrica’s 2016 summer exhibition, a new piece of work by artist  Michelangelo Pistoletto.

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

    This event is free but places are limited so booking is essential. 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 or email office@fabrica.org.uk.

  • Film Club: Chinatown

    Tuesday 19 July, Doors & Bar 7pm, Event starts 7.30pm

    Considered one of the greatest films of all time, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown stars Jack Nicholson as an LA private investigator who uncovers a corrupt conspiracy in the state’s water Department of Water and Power.

    The production, which went in front of the cameras without a final script, marks the high-water point in the careers of both lead actor Jack Nicholson and director Roman Polanski. It also represents the finest colour entry into the film noir genre (which, at the time, was dubbed “neo noir”). Yet, unlike the many hard-boiled detective stories that litter the noir asphalt, Chinatown isn’t afraid to play with conventions. The result is a film that only seems traditional until you realize you don’t know exactly where it’s going. – James Berardinelli, Reelviews

    Presented in partnership with ONCA.

    Free popcorn and a low-cost bar 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.

  • 1-2-1 day with Artist and Curator Matt Smith

    Wednesday 20 July 2016, 10-4pm

    This is an opportunity for artists from all disciplines to book in for an appointment to discuss your work and get feedback in an impartial session for between 45 mins-1 hour. To apply please send a CV, artist statement and link to your website to: caitlin.heffernan@fabrica.org.uk On confirmation of your appointment artists will be asked to provide a refundable deposit of £20.

    About Matt:

    Matt Smith is an artist and curator.  His practice often consists of site-specific interventions in museums (Queering the Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2010), historic houses (Unravelling the National Trust 2012-2014) and public collections (Other Stories, Leeds University Art Collection, 2012) using craft materials and techniques: infiltrating establishment organisations and shifting their – and their visitors’ – points of reference.

    In 2015/16 he was artist in residence in the ceramics galleries at the V&A was recently awarded a practice-based PhD in Queer Craft at the University of Brighton.  He co-directs Unravelled Arts and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies.He talks regularly about his practice (Tate Modern, 2012, Valand Academy Gothenberg, 2012) and has been invited onto a number of think tanks including Craft Curating at KHIB Bergen (2012), Museums and Ethics, Leicester University (2012) and Craft in the Expanded Field, University of Westminster (2013). http://mattjsmith.com

  • The Bevy, a unique community pub

    Wednesday 20 July, 7 - ­8pm

    Warren Carter tells the remarkable and inspiring story of The Bevy’s refurbishment and reopening as a community pub for the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean estates.

    Directions: Meet Lorenza at Fabrica at 6.30pm. The event involves a bus ride to Mouslecoomb. Please bring money for your bus fare and a drink and/or food in the pub.

    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.

  • Tapping Newfound Energy Sources

    Tuesday 26 July, 6­ - 7pm

    BHESCo is a not ­for ­profit social enterprise bringing together people in Brighton and Hove to develop renewable energy projects, improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty.

    Founder and CEO Kayla Ente describes how BHESCo is helping to empower individuals, charities and companies to take more control over their own energy supply.

    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.

  • ONCA gallery – Exhibition Opening and Performance by Mark Vennegoor

    Tuesday 26 July, 6.30pm – 9pm

    A special launch event for Experiencing Change|Changing Experience, a ten-day exhibition by e:collective that questions our perceptions and thinking about change on a social, economic, environmental and personal level. What makes us change? What is change for? Why do we resist it?

    Please note. This event is at ONCA Gallery.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Booking details tbc.

  • 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.