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Fabrica is a visual arts organisation based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton that commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £185,308
  • 2013-2014: £185,308
  • 2014-2015: £185,308

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On Balance - Trailer

A trailer for Fabrica's spring 2014 exhibition, On Balance, by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren.

Talking Point gallery film - On Balance

Fabrica's exhibition for spring 2014 features the work of Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren. In a co-commission with Brighton Festival, 2014, two of his works, Heaven is a Place on Earth and The Wonderful World of Abstraction have been reconfigured for Fabrica's unique space. This film features an interview with Jacob in which he speaks about the works and their development. The film also features an interview with artist in residence Alinah Azadeh talking about her ongoing project Burning the Books, which forms a central part of her residency. Producer: Laurence Hill Director, Camera and Editor: Ben Harding Additional Camera and Sound: Tom Thistlethwaite

Early Redemption - Talking Point

In September 2005 Mark Anstee was commissioned to make a live drawing at the Fabrica project in Brighton. For 25 days he was suspended high-up in the chancel of this former church and, appearing as a blurred shadow, he created an accumulating mass of individually drawn figures onto a vast translucent membrane.

Talking Point - The Undercroft

Artist: Vincent Mauger Date of Exhibition: 5 July - 25 August 2008 The Undercroft was a newly commissioned sculpture designed to take advantage of the unique space offered by Fabrica. Sculptor Vincent Maugher used reconstituted wood to create a magical blend of fractal landscape and architectural folly, a topological pavilion that seemed to burst forth from the ground like an exposed crypt or vented volcanic cavern.

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Talking Point - Everchanging

Artist: François Daireaux Dates: 22 June - 21 August 2005 Everchanging stemmed from a continually evolving process that led to unexpected outcomes incorporating chance, manipulation, play. Past work explored the dualities of decay and growth, repulsion and attraction and the life of the work was often transformed in response to specific exhibition sites. His work makes frequent reference to natural processes of change, organic forms and landscape.

Talking Point - Incommensurable Banner

Artist: Thomas Hirschhorn Exhibition Date: 3 October - 16 November 2008 The Incommensurable Banner stood at four metres high and eighteen metres long. It read as an endless parade of utter destruction, depicting bodies blown apart by modern weapons, weapons designed not just to kill but to obliterate. Created with reference to a tradition of protest, Hirschhorn's confrontational and controversial work was intended to fully implicate the viewer in the realities of war waged on our behalf. In doing so he invited visitors to consider, and above all not to avoid, the much larger questions at the heart of humanity.

Talking Point - Impossible Geographies

Artist: Petra Gemeinboeck & Mary Agnes Krell Exhibition dates: 19 November - 15 December 2005 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 in the physical and held by the virtual. Throughout the exhibition space, those memories seeped into the present, creating a virtually woven fabric of inhabitant's traces that grew and evolved over time.

Talking Point - Falling

Artist: Neeta Madahar In Falling, Madahar reconstructed personal childhood memories of playing with the 'helicopter' seeds as part of a new imaginary space. As the seeds fell towards the viewer, different journeys and transitions from one state to another were suggested, this could be seen a metaphor for migration and the idea of journeys open to chance and to random patterns of settlement and growth. The film suggested her excitement at the idea of drifting, of a chance taken; at the sense of possibility in moving from place to place and approaching unknown horizons.

Talking Point - Woodlock

Jacques Nimki's artistic practice involves him in collecting, drawing, and pressing plants. In his previous work he has catalogued specimens that have taken hold in neglected, hidden or untrammelled areas of the urban landscape. His database of research contains information on the sites he visits, each plant's condition and abundance, and a host of supplementary data drawn from common knowledge, folklore, medical and culinary uses, astrological associations and magical properties. For Fabrica's summer show, Woodlock, Nimki transformed the gallery into a forest glade, with wild plants at its centre and delicate drawings of trees on the walls. Date of Exhibition: June 24 - August 20 2006 Date of Video: June 22 2006

Talking Point - Running Stitch

Running Stitch was a 25sq/m tapestry map, created live in the gallery over four weeks, that charted visitors' daily journeys through the city. For Running Stitch, artists Jen Southern & Jen Hamilton re-configured Brighton & Hove by 'capturing' its space through the movement of its inhabitants. Visitors to Fabrica were given the opportunity to take a GPS-enabled mobile phone with them to track their journeys through the city centre. These walks around the city resulted in individual GPS 'drawings' of the visitor's movements that were projected live in the gallery to disclose aspects of the city unknown to the artists. Each individual route was sewn into a hanging canvas to form an evolving tapestry that revealed a sense of place and interconnection. Date of Exhibition: November 18 2006 Date of Video: Nov 17 2006

MOOT (Music of our Time)

Gyorgy Ligeti's Poeme Symphonique (1962) Performed by Music of our Time at The Fabrica Gallery in Brighton on Wednesday 24th of July 2013 during the Resonance Exhibition by Susie MacMurray.

Talking Point - A Cold Hand on a Cold Day

A Cold Hand on a Cold Day, Jordan Baseman. A new commission at Fabrica, Brighton

The Telling - Gallery Performance

The Telling performing songs of the troubadours and instrumental dances. Clare Norburn, soprano studied music at Leeds University and singing at the London College of Music with Soo Bee Lee. Her particular passion is for medieval music and she has sung with a number of medieval ensembles including her own group, The Telling and also Mediva and Vox Animae, with whom she has recorded medieval abbess, Hildegard of Bingen's music drama Ordo Virtutum. Together with soprano Deborah Roberts, Clare is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Brighton Early Music Festival, the UK's second largest early music event, now in its 11th year. She is also Director of Development for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Leah Stuttard hails from a Lancashire mill town and has played the medieval harp for 15 years. She was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship to go to the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland where she spent three years studying early harp with Heidrun Rosenzweig. She has also studied with bray harp expert, Bill Taylor. Her career has taken her around the world, playing with many of the best early music ensembles like Micrologus (Italy), Hesperion XXI (Spain) under the direction of Jordi Savall and Ensemble Unicorn (Austria). Saturday 10 August 2-3pm Performed at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton as part of the exhibition Programme for Resonance, an Installation by Susie MacMurray. 2013

Artist Talk - Resonance

Susie MacMurray in conversation with Professor Catherine Harper Filmed on Thurs 18 July at Fabrica, Brighton. Susie MacMurray is a British artist with an international exhibition profile, whose work encompasses drawing, sculpture and architectural installations. Catherine Harper is Dean of the School of Arts and the Digital Industries of the University of East London. A writer and academic she now writes on textiles and is UK editor of Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture. During this talk they discuss Susie's career and her process in creating work. Filmed in the gallery space with her installation Resonance above them.

Flauguissimo Duo - Gallery Performance

Saturday 13 July 2-3pm Flauguissimo Duo performed a programme of 19th century Romantic music during Resonance an exhibition by Susie MacMurray. Flauguissimo Duo was founded by flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Löfving in 2008. They have performed at venues including V&A Museum, National Gallery and Kings Place as well as in the Cadogan Hall Lunchtime Concert Series, the Stratford-on-Avon Festival and Honiton Festival. Abroad they have performed in the Allsköns Music Festival in Sweden.

Resonance - gallery film - summer 2013

Resonance is a newly-commissioned work by Susie MacMurray. MacMurray has suspended thousands of musical manuscripts from the ceiling of Fabrica to create a fragile landscape that resonates with the history of the building. This film features interviews with the artist and Caitlin Heffernan (Fabrica) as well as footage from the installation process. Resonance will be open 6 July - 26 August 2013. See the Fabrica website for more information.

Trailer for Fabrica summer show 2013 - Resonance

This is a trailer for Fabrica's summer 2013 show Resonance by Susie Macmurray. Preview 5 July, 6-9pm and exhibition open 6 July - 26 August. Trailer by Ben Harding

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Artist Talk

Kaarina Kaikkonen discusses her work and her process in this artist talk which took place at Fabrica, 24 April 2013. Fabrica worked with Kaikkonen in collaboration with Brighton Festival to bring two major new site-specific works to Brighton and Hove, one piece for the gallery (The Blue Route) and the other at an outdoor location in the city (Time Passing By). This co-commission by Fabrica and Brighton Festival is part of Out of the Blue, a collaborative project involving six organisations in Brighton & Hove and Amiens (France), funded by the Interreg IVa Channel programme of cross-border collaboration.

Making Space with Joseph Young

Joseph Young presentation during his Making Space programme at Fabrica, 2012. For more information about Making Space see the Fabrica website:

The Blue Route - gallery film - spring 2013

The Blue Route is a new installation by leading Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen commissioned with Brighton Festival for spring 2013. This short film forms part of the gallery interpretation and details Kaarina's work and her approach to this exhibition. Fabrica co-director also gives some context to the commissioning of this piece. The film was made by Ben Harding and Tom Thistlewaite and produced by Laurence Hill.

Trailer Spring 2013 - The Blue Route by Kaarina Kaikkonen

A trailer for the Fabrica spring show 2013 The Blue Route by Kaarina Kaikkonen. This is a new commission in partnership with Brighton Festival. Work featured - Are we still going on? Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2012. Film by Ben Harding

LCP Developing Local Audiences H264

LCP Developing Local Audiences. Landscapes Cities People (LCP) was a three-year, collaborative project of exhibitions, conferences, audience development and education activities. It was European-funded by the Interreg IVA 2 Seas Mers Zeeën programme. In this film five of the galleries discuss how they have developed specific audiences during the project.

Going to See Culture Together - 2012

This short film is a review of 'Going to See Culture Together' during 2012... Going to See Culture Together is a regular event aimed at Older Audiences facilitated by Jonathan Quaterman. Jonathon speaks to participants Blodwyn and Rita to discuss and review their experience of Going to See culture Together. People were able to come together to visit various exhibitions throughout and outside of Brighton. They have been able to explore different forms of art and discuss their thoughts and opinions with others. One event was held at Phoenix Brighton where Emilie Giles gave a talk to discuss the work of MzTek and their aim to encourage 'women to creatively explore computer arts and technology'. This was part of the Brighton Digital Festival. Another event included a Greek lunch where the group had the opportunity to share a little something. This could have been a favourite poem, a good news story from 2012 or a drawing -- anything they felt like sharing. Having a project such as this gives people the confidence to come out and see what they might not have seen had this project not been formed. It gives people the opportunity to really get stuck into an exhibition and explore it in their own way or together as a group. For more info please visit: For news and more from Fabrica please visit our website:

Growing an Older Audience - 2012

Staff, volunteers and participants talk about the Growing an Older Audience project at Fabrica. We find out why it's important to involve people from an older audience within the arts. How we do this, how we understand this group including their range of interests, life experience and what they want to be involved in. There are lots of events put on through GOA. Photographer Elena Inga led a talk about her work and the group discussed expressing and exploring their thoughts on ageing. They were also given cameras so they could form their own mini project. Other events include unique drawing sessions led by artist Jane Fordham, these are held around the current exhibition and are a great way of letting members express themselves within the gallery space. Lunch and coffee meets are also put on as well as gallery visits, which really help bring the group together. There is a great level of group learning and debate formed from events through this project. Fabrica continue to work with and alongside artists to create talks, events and trips so that the older generation are able to experience the arts. For more info please visit: For news and more from Fabrica please visit our website:

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