December 2018

This Year at Fabrica

It’s been an eventful 12 months!

This time last year I wrote of launching our appeal to raise £20,000 to sustain Fabrica’s future. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you our #KEEPFABRICA campaign surpassed this target, ensuring we were able to fill this funding gap and move forward to present another great programme of work by well-known and upcoming artists.

Whilst the funding landscape continues to be challenging, we're confident that we're on the right course to be financially stronger than ever. We’re now earning more of our own income and this will only continue to grow. However fundraising from individuals, trusts and statutory sources remains important as we move into 2019.

With that in mind I wanted to share three recent fundraising successes with you...


This summer we heard that our partnership bid to Creative Europe had been successful. This means that Fabrica will have the opportunity to work with three other creative organizations in mainland Europe. Our part of this project will produce a two-site artist commission in 2020 and develop the skills of young creative professionals in Brighton & Hove.


In August we were awarded £99,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This means that we are able to carry out some urgent restoration work to the stone floor, stained glass windows and walls in the gallery and launch a two-year volunteer-led research project about our lovely building, Holy Trinity Church.


This month we’ll be advertising a new artist commission opportunity. Funded by Wellcome Trust’s Research Enrichment Fund, it has been developed in partnership with University of Brighton and involves other partners from the universities of Birmingham and Lincoln, Ikon Gallery and Threshold.


Our 2018 exhibition programme showed three very different works:


David Shrigley brought Life Model II to Fabrica and Brighton Festival 2018 and filled the gallery with people making their own distinct drawings of his giant ‘life’ model.

Jo Lathwood built and deconstructed the wondrous Getting There sculpture in full view of the public and our streaming online audience. Watching visitors traverse the structure and touch our gallery roof was lovely.


Young photographer Harley Weir brought her experiences and photographs of ‘The Jungle’ in Calais in her critically acclaimed exhibition, Homes, as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2018.

Outside of our main exhibitions, Film at Fabrica has continued to grow, showing a wide-range of cultural and personal viewpoints at over 30 screenings this year. Our Dementia-focussed project, Drawing and Making which piloted earlier this year, has now been given the go-ahead by Brighton & Hove City Council Seniors Housing, so we’ll be delivering weekly workshops in care settings until March 2019. Our wonderful Men in Sheds project has continued to develop, with the shedders volunteering to bring their making skills to the construction of Getting There in the summer. The gallery continues to be full of interesting talks, workshops, classes and our Making Space artist development programme. As ever, there’s a lot more to Fabrica than meets the eye.


Finally, I’d like to say thank you again for supporting us through #KEEPFABRICA and engaging with us throughout the year.


With your support we will continue to show unique and thought-provoking work, connect with our community through arts-based projects and show Brighton & Hove and the world how important creativity - in all its guises - really is.

Festive wishes,



Liz Whitehead