Events

Events and Talks

  • Break out the Bunting!

    Tuesday, 23 August, 2 - 5pm

    Join us for a special bunting making workshop at Fabrica gallery, as part of two heritage projects; The Boys on the Plaque and The Orange Lilies, which both commemorate Brighton & Hove’s soldiers who fought in WWI.

    As part of September’s Heritage Open Days 2016, we will be hosting a special event called ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning‘ to share the findings of our intrepid volunteer researchers, who have been exploring the lives and stories of 96 local soldiers who fought and died in the war. This will be a relaxed and social event, and we’d love to decorate the church with beautiful, locally-crafted bunting!

    So come along for a free afternoon to learn bunting making skills and have a bit of a natter with some creative crafting! Hosted by Nicola Benge from Strike A Light, materials will be provided but you are also welcome to bring something along to contribute!

    Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits provided!

    Book your free spot today here on Eventbrite and then drop in anytime between 2-5pm to join in the fun.

  • Sustenance: A Supper for the Third Paradise

    Wednesday 24 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.

  • #WAITING FOR ICE CREAM INSTANTANEOUS NEWSREEL

    Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 September, 10 - 4pm

    #Sergina’s outfit is hanging in the space for the #OpensourceSergina to put on. Someone is on hand to do the makeup. A blue screen photo booth is set up. Each #OpensourceSergina has an hour long slot to practice and to have one go at performing #Waiting for Ice Cream. The footage from these performances is live broadcast direct to #Sergina’s YouTube Channel, like a non stop news reel and via smart televisions at various venues around town, and available to anyone who wants to watch.

    If you want to be an #opensourceSergina then email laurence.hill@fabrica.org.uk – there are only six places available on each day – so don’t delay!

    #Sergina is the creation of artist Elly Clarke who was selected for a residency at Fabrica investigating the idea of ‘remote intimacy’.

  • I Got my Phone In my Wallet Ghettoblaster Induced Flashmob #Serginacise

    Thursday 15 September, 7.30pm

    To this song we will dance our way around Brighton. Gathering at 7.30pm at Fabrica to make final touches to our outfits and to run through the #IGotMyPhoneInMyWallet dance moves with #Sergina. When we feel we are ready we will set off and bring in other people as we go.

    The route and the costume ideas will be published beforehand on the #Sergina Fan Blog and her Facebook page. Footage from this will be used in the official Sergina I Got My Phone In My Wallet music video.

    Check out this trailer for the event.

    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.

    #Sergina is the creation of artist Elly Clarke who was selected for a residency at Fabrica investigating the idea of ‘remote intimacy’.

  • #Sergina’s Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself

    Saturday 17 September, 7 - 9pm

    #Sergina is a multi-bodied, border-straddling Drag Princess who sings and performs songs both online and off about trying to love, exist and get laid in a time of digitalism. #Sergina is everybody’s #selfie, and no one’s. She is up for grabs and she is untouchable. She is an image and she is flawed (and confined) by her flesh/s. She is a self-sculpted c-celeb. Her self is worn (out) on different bodies. She competes with her own image, and usually loses.

    #Sergina’s Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself is a 25-minute live drag performance of Sergina’s songs, performed by 4 different performers of various genders, in different places to live audiences, linked up by Google Hangout and live broadcast online via #Sergina’s YouTube Channel. In each location, #Sergina is half obliterated by her mirage images projected onto her from different corners of the world. It is a 3D IRL Google Hangout, where every body is a simulation of an original whose authenticity it is itself dubious.

    #Sergina is the creation of artist Elly Clarke who was selected for a residency at Fabrica investigating the idea of ‘remote intimacy’.

    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.