Exhibition Archive

The Fabrica archive of past exhibitions spans 17 years of activity and setting it up is a pretty big task that we are still working to complete. There's a good selection below but please come back to check on our progress and to keep an eye out for your favourite exhibition if it's not already there.

Opening times: Wednesday–Saturday, 12-5pm Sundays and August Bank Holiday, 2-5pm Thursdays in August until 7pm Drawing represents for me the most honest gesture, the moment of truth when the paper and I breathe together, the line offering in its simplicity many variable forms of expression With her expansive spatial drawings, Monika Grzymala has developed a […]

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4 April Preview 6-9pm 5 April – 2 May Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm Sundays and bank holidays 2-5pm 3 May – 26 May Every day 12-7pm (except 26 May 2-5pm) On Balance is a co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014. The exhibition brings together two works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, which have been reconfigured for Fabrica’s unique […]

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For its autumn 2013 exhibition Fabrica was delighted to be working with video artist Jordan Baseman to present a new site-specific film commission, A Cold Hand on a Cold Day. In common with three of his previous films it focused on the people who take care of the deceased person between death and disposal. In […]

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For this work commissioned by Fabrica sculptor Susie MacMurray suspended thousands of musical manuscripts from the ceiling to create a fragile landscape that resonated with the history of the building. The manuscripts had been assembled from a variety of sources – hymns that might have been sung at Holy Trinity when it was a church, […]

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Fabrica worked with leading Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen in collaboration with Brighton Festival to bring two major new site-specific works to Brighton and Hove, one piece for the gallery and the other at The Clock Tower in the city centre. Working primarily in public and easily accessible places, Kaarina Kaikkonen uses simple, every day objects […]

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The Beautiful Horizon, No Olho da Rua is an acclaimed project, documenting a long-term collaboration between young people living on the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and artists Julian Germain, Patricia Azevedo and Murilo Godoy. The project demonstrates how photography has been used to offer a platform to the socially and economically excluded, enabling them […]

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Fabrica was delighted to work with Annemarie O’Sullivan, a UK basket maker to present Cluster, a new site-specific commission for the gallery. A basket maker whose work ranges from small-scale domestic objects through to larger-scale woven forms, O’Sullivan mainly makes her constructions outdoors. From her base in Lewes, East Sussex, she draws inspiration from the […]

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I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another is an intimate portrait of poet, painter and philosopher Etel Adnan. Central to the film, made largely in her Paris apartment, is a reading of extracts from her recently published poem The Sea. The sound of Adnan’s voice and the quiet but ever present ambient noise […]

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Gathering was an exhibition of two film works by London-based artist Melanie Manchot. Celebration (Cyprus Street) is inspired by the tradition of street parties in London’s East End and was developed over a period of six months with the involvement of residents of Cyprus Street in Bethnal Green. Reminiscent of newsreel footage and Edwardian event […]

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Stéphane Cauchy uses simple mechanical devices which often take the form of improbable laboratory experiments. Cascade is a kinetic sculpture in which nine buckets, interconnected by a pulley system, are suspended from the roof above a large pool. Water is pumped into each bucket until, at a critical point, it tips and empties, releasing its […]

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Looking back over 2012 and once again we’re astonished by the range of activity and achievements of the year. Sometimes when you’re in the thick of it, making things happen, you don’t get a chance to take a breath, to step back and see the wider picture. “I placed the speakers in an oval so […]

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“I have a very strong collecting gene” Martin Parr is considered to be one of the most successful and accessible artists of his generation. A photographer, collector, editor and exhibition maker, he offers us his unique view of the modern world by reflecting its ambiguities. He describes his practise as a form of collecting , […]

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“I am in search of the tipping point, the moment of almost falling over.” – Frederic Guerts A Fine Line by Frederic Geurts is a structure of delicate steel pylons that elevate a rising white curve from one end of the gallery to the other. It is a frozen trajectory, a gesture, a line drawn […]

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“We get an intimation of our own mortality from things like this”. – Brian Eno During the 2010 Brighton Festival, Fabrica played host to Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings, a slowly and constantly changing light installation displayed by a composition of high definition video screens. Originally conceived in 2006, the piece was reminiscent of a […]

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“How is it that an individual’s smile can lift the atmosphere of a room or that we find ourselves ‘catching’ another’s mood from a display of anger, fear or disgust?” For the ninth in a series of ten artistic and scientific experiments at Fabrica, Tina Gonsalves and her team created Chameleon. For this installation, the […]

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“I want to humanise time, I want to bring a person into an environment and present to them [unknown] places that are imbued with meaning”. – John Grade In his first UK exhibition, John Grade created The Elephant Bed, a monolithic interpretation of the life-cycle of the coccolithophore. Billions of these invisible algae congregate just […]

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“All those beautiful young bodies, decapitated; all those tumbling heads and bloody, spurting necks”. – Salman Rushdie For the 2009 Brighton Festival, Fabrica worked alongside several other venues across Brighton and Sussex to show a total of seven pieces of work by artist and Guest Artistic Director of the festival, Anish Kapoor. Two works were […]

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“The degree of conscience […] is the first step to get a distance, to not be involved, to ask why, where, who?” – Thomas Hirschhorn For the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, Fabrica presented the world premiere of The Incommensurable Banner, a new work by Thomas Hirschhorn. This exhibition was one of a series across the […]

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“When I began my work I often used 3D spaces to create work that existed in the virtual world… gradually I thought it was more interesting to make objects or sculptures that evoked these digital spaces without any intervention of digital technology”. – Vincent Mauger The Undercroft was a newly commissioned sculpture designed to take […]

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“The piece is about an effect of peoples’ lives having been involved with, in any way at all, the phenomena of serial killing. Particularly when a woman has been involved”. – Carole Hayman In the early twentieth century Dr Edmond Locard, a pioneer of forensic science, proposed his ‘exchange principle’. His idea was that whenever […]

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“We’ve always worked with the moving image. In these works we put the viewers in a first person experience and we take them through some journey. We are interested in the human perception of the landscape, whether manmade or natural landscape, and the things that we don’t hear or experience.” – Ruth Jarman Semiconductor (UK […]

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“The Land of Cockaigne is a medieval idea of paradise in which food is ever plentiful, rivers run with alcohol, roasted chickens fly through the air, and eggs walk on legs offering themselves up to be eaten.” – Rachel Reupke In one continuous camera movement, Land of Cockaigne represented a god’s eye view of the […]

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“Twilight zones, where simple pinpricks of light encourage you to dwell on whole worlds of other possibilities.” Come in. Out of the sunshine. Out of the glare. Let your eyes adjust to the partial light inside Dominique De Beir’s installation, La Route Blanche. 
 
In the gallery, cardboard boxes and fruit crates were used to […]

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See beyond the familiarity of everyday materials and be transported into the realm of the magical… Beneath the Stride of Giants was a monumental boat, created by sculptor Brian Griffiths from a collection of second hand wooden furniture. Griffiths’ sculpture depends on our will to imagine, to see beyond the familiarity of his everyday materials […]

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“Running Stitch sews together our routes to work, to the sea, and our walks for exercise or shopping with the meandering and more personal journeys we might take within the fabric of the city.” Running Stitch was a 25sq/m tapestry map, created live in the gallery over four weeks, that charted visitors’ daily journeys through […]

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“He positioned himself for the best possible image. He waited 20 minutes. He was hoping the vulture would spread its wings. But it did not. He took his photographs. And chased the bird away. He watched as the little girl resumed her struggle. He sat under a tree and lit a cigarette. Talked to God. […]

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“The idea that nature can cope on its own should not be encouraged – an autonomous nature would only lead to disaster and chaos, not just for us, but for nature itself.” – Jacques Nimki Jacques Nimki’s artistic practice involves him in collecting, drawing, and pressing plants. In his previous work he has catalogued specimens […]

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‘The pattern, form and intricacies of lace resonate deeply as a metaphor for our relationship to the fabric of our cities … social connections … and our common heritage.’ – Catherine Bertola Place, history and how the past impacts upon the present are the core themes of Catherine Bertola’s artistic practice. Previous works have responded […]

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“Memories seep into the present, creating a virtually woven fabric of inhabitant’s traces that grow and evolve over time…” Impossible Geographies 1.1 was an interactive installation exploring memory as a metaphor for the fluid boundaries between the physical and the virtual. This work dynamically traced visitors’ actions, mixing them in unexpected ways with memories stolen […]

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“Sycamore seeds tumble slowly toward the viewer, echoing a naturally occurring event yet also appearing highly orchestrated….Things constantly shift between plausible and implausible, and the artificial/natural divide remains elusive to grasp.” Neeta Madahar’s video and photographic work Falling reflected on the dream-like temporality of nature and memory. Sycamore seeds tumbled slowly toward the viewer, echoing […]

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“I am not the point of the piece, I am not the point of focus. I am part of the machine that makes the drawing.” – Mark Anstee For 25 days in September the British artist Mark Anstee made a new drawing live at Fabrica. Suspended high up in the chancel of this former church […]

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“Intricate interlaced networks of extruded lines, suspended as architectural elements guided and confronted the viewer in a passage through the gallery” Everchanging was an installation by Paris-based artist François Daireaux. As a direct development of his installation point infini at Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest, France, Daireaux created a labyrinthine structure using 2000 kilos of silicon […]

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“Within this context, the adoption of the quilt medium, in preference to the higher status options of painting and sculpture, may be seen as a political act, aimed at affirming and perpetuating a woman’s tradition of art” Michele Walker uses quilting techniques as a metaphor for the complex social and personal histories that make up […]

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“In my installations I produce representational structures that undermine the distance between the spectator and the image. I am interested in developing visual technologies in which the body cannot be separated from the act of looking” – Heidi Tikka In the winter of 2004, Fabrica invited visitors to explore fundamental human relationships amid the commercial […]

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“Retake‘…attempts to expose the dynamics of producing and viewing this icon of difference and object of curiosity, suspicion, and fear. – Maha Maamoun For Retake Fabrica commissioned a site-specific installation by Egyptian lens-based artist Maha Maamoun. The starting point for most of Maha’s work is the need to question dominant and restricting social conditions. In […]

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Suspended gently from the rafters of the building, the sculpture rose and fell to the swell of visitors beneath. For Undercurrent, Rosie Leventon used recycled rope and human hair to create a delicate, skeletal three-dimensional drawing of Brighton’s disintegrating West Pier. Suspended gently from the rafters of the building, the sculpture rose and fell to […]

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Shimmering, just above the gallery floor, it is reminiscent of the play of light on water… Teruyoshi Yoshida’s installation, Surface of the Lake , is aptly named. Shimmering, just above the gallery floor, it is reminiscent of the play of light on water and beautifully captures the idea of the transient moment. In his work, […]

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Award winners of the prix Ars Electronica for interactive art in 2001, Assocreation is an artist collective interested in digital networks and their transition into a sensuous realm. What is essential to them is developing an “open interface” that enables interaction through every day experience. BUMP is one of a series of works creating ‘gaps’ […]

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“I think that a human is just a very little vanishing part of the nature with no special rights to think himself to be bigger that is one reason why I make installations reminding  landscapes out of jackets.” Finnish sculptor, Kaarina Kaikkonen creates installations from used materials such as telephone directories, potato sacks and men’s […]

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“I am aiming to arouse an emotional response. I am looking at the psychological experience of entering a space” “This is a complex and sensorial installation, with an emphasis on movement, drama and tension. Figures in strong movement and dramatic gesture have informed the work although the results are austere and minimal. It is made […]

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“…visitors build up a pattern of associations and memories, because smell is so closely linked to the ability to recollect experiences of space …” Pletts Haque, artists Feelers is an exhibition of three large scale installations designed to test the different senses. Red’s Cave by French video artist Judith Josso in collaboration with Kate Ross is a […]

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“My practice of responding to an environment, interior or exterior, making use of material which is local and/or linked to the specific place through work or nature brings a significant depth and strength to the completed work.” Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, artist For re/sort Hadzi-Vasileva has devised a delicate ‘altar screen’ of fish bones as a new […]

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“…Through jewellery, issues of value, communication, personal and collective histories are explored. The work reflects the importance of owning, giving and wearing jewellery throughout our lives. Mah Rana, artist” Jeweller Mah Rana uses precious and ‘throw away’ materials to create unconventional items of jewellery, often based around folklore and fairy tales.  This exhibition investigates our […]

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“The power of the contemporary British landscape is up for question here. Plan for a Spell is a proposal for a social space set in the immediate future.” Adam Chodzko, artist Plan for a Spell continues Chodzko’s fascination with the processes and affects of our imaginations and systems of belief. The video installation uses a […]

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“People are fascinated by this work, it brings a shiver, a sudden recognition of death, perhaps as though we have seen or heard our own ghost.” Jeff Noon, artist. Three screen projections and a set of sound installations were set out in Fabrica to explore the collusion between art and science. Disrupted interferences and disorientating […]

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“… It is a multiplicity of ideas, facts and observations that seem to best describe our perception of the city. Brighton is multifaceted, energetic, Pythonesque. Polyphon is our representation of this research.” Artstsation – artist Pulp is a large-scale installation in paper, which capture the turnover and energy of summer in the city. Brighton in […]

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“…. We Japanese sometimes say that there is something mysterious, an invisible force in nature. I feel this is so, I try to show this invisible, all encompassing force through my work. I would like viewer to feel enveloped by the mysteries of nature when they see my work.” Machiko Agano, artist” Agano created a […]

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“In [Viola’s] work we glimpse mystery through the ordinary and everyday, the transcendent through the imminent…a profound meditation on life and being itself” Originally commissioned for Durham Cathedral by the Chaplaincy to the Arts & Recreation in North East England in 1996, The Messenger has a resonating presence in Fabrica, a deconsacrated Regency Church in […]

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“I describe my work as awkward, in between, ambiguous, like bits in films where nothing much happens…” – Alasdair Mclellan, Artist. Man On The Street is an exhibition inspired by the question – what it is to be a man? Five artist explore individual approaches to this question offering a ‘warts and all’ account of what […]

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  “Working with the given form of a tree is a process of discovery, of limitation and an attempt to transcend these limitations. During the carving of the elongated figures I realised that they represented present day lives in the west, rootless, fast moving and fluids. The lattice torso represents our connection with the world, […]

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Shelter was a series of exhibitions in which you could take part. Watch the artists at work, see the finished artwork and then join in! Lucy Orta 12-27 June Andy Ray 3 July-18 July Chris Drury 31 July- 30 August Shelter 1, 12 – 27 June 1999: Collective Dwelling Act -V Lucy Orta was the first of three artists […]

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With dangerously high beds and miniscule doll-like figures, Fabrica’s 1998 exhibition Comfort of Little Places looked like a strange scene from a fairytale – or a disturbing dream. Artist Permindar Kaur recreated her critically acclaimed installation Comfort of Little Places at Fabrica. Tall, stark beds were constructed to stand far above visitors heads, with steel […]

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