2018 AT FABRICA

12 months of exhibitions, events, screenings, workshops, volunteering and more

2018 began with our #KEEPFABRICA crowdfund campaign. Thanks to your support we surpassed our £20,000 target.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and Co-leader of the Green Party

"Fabrica plays such a vital role in bringing exciting, challenging, and inspiring art to the city"

Making Space supported artists Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings and Mike Barrett develop River Runs Through, Gravity & Levity develop Ordinary Grief and Lisa Creagh develop Holding Time.

Martin Parr, artist

"I have great affection for Fabrica. They take the initial artist's idea, help develop it and turn it into a reality, adding the magic touches that bring the whole project alive"

In February, our amazing Draw-A-Thon & Writer's Relay raised almost £10,000! (watch out for something similar in 2019)

Kate Shields, artist and volunteer

"Fabrica has been such a lifeline for me"

Brighton Festival Guest Director David Shrigley brought his Life Model II installation to Fabrica

and invited Brighton to draw!

Gallery Visitor, Spring 2018

"You have such a great sense of art is for everybody"

Chomp was a regular feature in the gallery - providing a free lunch and creative activity

to families in Brighton.

Chomp Parent

"The level of value given to the children, the artist effort and the quality of teaching they received was excellent. My very boisterous 3-year-old was treated as an explorer and not a nuisance.  Babies were held so parents could eat.  This made it so relaxing and restorative"

The In Between Gallery showed photography by Feiyi Wen, Andre Lichtenberg and, currently,

Alan Compton

"I'm so pleased with this collaboration. I keep receiving lovely mentions and messages from people who came across the window and how impressed they were"

Andre Lichtenberg, Artist

Our amazing Volunteers gave 631 hours to staff our exhibitions. They held workshops, supported events, went on volunteer trips and made 3 editions of The Response.

We couldn't do what we do without them.

"We were given the opportunity through a Deafness Awareness training session at Fabrica, to become involved in a project working on a banner for the 100th anniversary of the Women’s vote, with deaf and hearing women. We called ourselves Bridging Voices and took the amazing banner we made in the textile workshops, to the procession in London. This achievement and the excitement of being involved with some incredible women we would probably have never met, is a tribute to Fabrica and its support"

Carole Sanderson, Volunteer

Jo Lathwood built and dismantled the wonderous Getting There sculpture in full view of the public and we all got to #TouchTheRoof

Gallery Visitor, Summer 2018

"Love this! Getting There is a very different kind of gallery experience which engages all the senses"

Film at Fabrica held over 30 screenings showing film from a variety of perspectives.

"We've been incredibly lucky to have collaborated with Fabrica to shine a spotlight on diverse and queer voices "

Eyes Wide Open Cinema

Steven Eastwood, Artist

"Fabrica is world leading in the progressive model it has developed for opening up contemporary art to new audiences"

The Textile Flow project provided welcoming and supportive textile workshops for adults to make social connections, learn new skills, share knowledge, reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.

Textile Flow participant

"I found the group amazing, it's opened up creativity and confidence to have a go at things and once you get going, doing things a bit different and learning new skills, like rag rug, that’s something I’ve wanted to do for years and I can do it now!

Harley Weir's Homes - shown as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 - took us to 'The Jungle' in Calais during the migrant and refugee crisis of 2016.

Gallery Visitor, Autumn 2018

"It is so interesting for the gallery to allow you to look through the photography books and to be greeted with an explanation of

the show. Amazing work and a wonderful space"

Throughout the year we helped couples celebrate their special day in our wonderful space.

"Fabrica was the most amazing venue to hold our wedding reception. From the beginning we knew it was a very special place

Charlotte & Nick, Married 2018

Led by artist Jane Fordham (see her in the gallery on Tuesdays for our popular life drawing class), we piloted Draw for Lifedementia-friendly drawing sessions at Brooke Mead, a Brighton & Hove Seniors Housing Scheme.

Draw for Life is now called Drawing and Making and delivers weekly workshops in Brooke Mead Seniors Housing.

Draw for Life participant

"It’s the companionship that’s so important, and doing this gets the old brainbox going, otherwise you get locked in"

On Mondays, Fabrica Art Clubbers made work as varied and as inspiring as

our exhibition programme! 

Jo Lathwood, Artist

"Working with Fabrica on Getting There was a wonderful experience.  The whole process was invaluable to the development of my practice; It nurtured new skills and knowledge and provided a space for me to be daring within a supported environment.  Getting There is one of my most successful artworks to date and I highly value all the members of Fabrica's team for their support and enthusiasm. Fabrica's architecture became my muse as the artwork developed and I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to execute such a unique and satisfying new work"

Thank you  for helping us to support artists, makers, educators and our community

Image Credits
#KEEPFABRICA at Brighton Lights / Fabrica
River Runs ThroughOmeima Mudawi-Rowlings 
Ordinary Grief / Gravity & Levity
Holding Time Lisa Creagh
Draw-a-Thon & Writer's Relay / Fabrica
Life Model II installation view and film / Tom Thistlethwaite
Chomp / Fabrica
Chomp film / Tom Thistlethwaite
Under The Yuzu Tree installation view / Fabrica
Neon Blue installation view / Andre Lichtenberg
Unheard Voices installation view / Andre Lichtenberg
Sunday Sessions with volunteers / Silvia Calderoni
Getting There installation view and film / Edward Bishop
Film at Fabrica (before the show) / Fabrica
Friday Lates 'Jenga!' / Jo Lathwood
Textile Flow / Fabrica
Homes installation view and film / Tom Thistlethwaite
Charlotte & Nick's wedding / Kristian Leven
Draw for Life / Fabrica
Fabrica Art Club / Fabrica