Putting Ourselves

In The Picture


13 July - 26 August 2019


Artists-in-residence: Sara Dare, Annis Joslin and Jo Offer

Curators: Kate Adams with artists from Project Art Works, Lisa Slominski, Marc Steene and Cornelia Marland (Outside In), Liz Whitehead (Fabrica).


This summer everyone will have the opportunity to be creative at Fabrica. Throughout July and August we’ll be operating an accessible artist studio so that everyone who wants to can produce an artwork. We’re also creating a small temporary gallery space alongside the studio, for the presentation of some of these works.


At the heart of this dynamic and highly experimental exhibition is the question ‘who gets to create art and whose work is selected and therefore validated for public view?’ We’re seeking to understand more about how access to creation spaces might shape the supply of art and artists in our society and to demystify the who, how and why of selecting work for public consumption.


We also want to have a lot of fun trying out new ways of being creative with three very different, highly skilled and talented artists: Sara Dare, Annis Joslin and Jo Offer. These artists will lead the activities in the studio which will be accessible to people with a wide range of intellectual and physical capacities. There will be space and materials for those who want to work alone or as part of a group - so just drop in and be part of the experiment.


A small number of professional curators have been invited to select artworks from those that have been produced during Putting Ourselves in the Picture. Their choices and the criteria for their selections will be displayed as small exhibitions on the following dates:

Sat 13-Sun 21 July - Kate Adams and studio artists from Project Art Works

Wed 24 July-Sun 4 August - Lisa Slominski (independent curator)

Wed 7-Sun 18 August - Marc Steene and Cornelia Marland (Outside In)

Wed 21-Mon 26 August - Liz Whitehead (Fabrica)



13 July - 26 August
Wed - Sat, 1 - 6 pm

Sun & Bank Holidays 2 - 6 pm

Preview Friday 12 July, 6 - 9pm

More info here


Panel discussion: Rights = Culture

Wed 17 July, 6.30-8pm

£3, Free for Carers, Book here

Responding to a series of questions and with reference to the socio-political and cultural context of the past two decades, Marc Steene  (Director, Outside In) and Kate Adams (Director, Project Art Works) will each outline their respective methods of working and its intellectual base, and what this approach means to all of us in terms of diversifying arts production and its representation.


In Conversation: Sara Dare, Annis Joslin and Jo Offer

Mon 22 July, 6-7.30pm

£3, Free for Carers, Book here

Responding to questions posed by Liz Whitehead and contributions from the audience, artists Sara Dare, Annis Joslin and Jo Offer will talk about the status of artists who describe their practice as socially-engaged and their relationship with arts institutions.

Outing: Going to See Culture Together at Fabrica

Tue 23 July 2pm - 4pm

Free, Book here

Going to See Culture Together is a relaxed monthly outing to a cultural venue. In July the group will visit Fabrica’s engaging and playful summer exhibition, to explore the themes of the show together.


Meet the Artists: Sara Dare, Annis Joslin and Jo Offer


Meet the artists-in-residence for our summertime exhibition, Putting Ourselves In The Picture. Each has developed a proposition for the accessible studio that will engage visitors in a particular way. Meet the Artist sessions are:

Sara Dare, Wed  24 July, 4-5pm, Book here

Jo Offer, Saty 3 August, 4.30-5.30pm, Book here

Annis Joslin, Thu 22 August, 5-6pm, Book here 

Friday Lates

Fri 26 July & 23 August, 7-10pm, Book here

Friday Lates will host ‘Drink + Draw’ led by AMI (Artists, Models, Ink), a model-led costumed life drawing event which will take place in Fabrica’s gallery and window space, as part of our regular after-hours Friday night bar. Relax with a cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere of being surrounded by world-class contemporary installations.

Creative Kids Workshops

A relaxed afternoon for children age 5-8yrs to explore and develop their own creativity at Fabrica. Participants will also be able to achieve a Discover Awards Awards by participating. Parents are welcome to stay and take part at the event, but this is not essential.

‘I am an Artist’ Tue 30 July, 2pm - 4pm, Book here

‘I am an Explorer’ 13 August, 2pm - 4pm, Book here

Outing: Going to See Culture Together at West Pier Trust

Mon 5 August 1.45pm - 4pm

Free, Book here

In August the group will visit The West Pier Trust, who are responsible for the remains of the historic and much-loved pier and the administration of the site. We will learn more about the trust, it’s activities and our local history, supported by a talk from seasoned heritage tour-leader, Jackie Marsh-Hobbs.

Conversation Piece: Culture as a Human Right

Tue 6 August. 2.30pm - 4pm

Free, Book here

A relaxed and engaging discussion inspired by our current exhibition and led by artist Lorenza Ippolito. Joined by doctoral candidate, Matt Smith, who is involved in how trans people navigate the city and are included or excluded from it, we will discuss a rights-based approach to creative expression and how this is central to diversifying arts production and representation.

DISCUSSION : A Place at the Table: Tara Mary Moore

Sat 17 August.  3pm - 4pm

Free, Book here

This intimate discussion for a small audience brings the personal story of Tara Mary Moore into the gallery, enabling you to hear her story at first-hand and ask questions. At 14 Tara was involved in a traffic accident which left her with a severe type of traumatic brain injury: Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI). Describing her life before and after the accident, Tara outlines the struggles she has encountered on her journey to what she describes as her ‘different normal’. Tara is working to highlight all kinds of brain injury and invisible impairment and has just completed a short autobiography.


Writing Workshop: Everyone Is Creative (7-12yrs)

Tue 20 August, 2.30pm - 4pm

Free, Book here

Presented in partnership with Little Green Pig. Come and join us for a creative writing workshop exploring the themes of Fabrica's summertime exhibition, Putting Ourselves in the Picture.


For more events and info: click here


A co-commission between Fabrica and Project Art Works, and is part of the EXPLORERS project.

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