#KEEPFABRICA

by Fabrica in Brighton, East Sussex, England

We did it
On 8th March 2018 we successfully raised £21,461 with 424 supporters in 28 days

Help Fabrica bridge an urgent funding gap so we can continue to present world-class art for free and offer a rich community programme.

by Fabrica in Brighton, East Sussex, England

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We made it!

Thanks to your incredible support we can #KEEPFABRICA. 

To all our backers: we can't put into words what your support means to us. Thank you for pledging, for spreading the word and for being part of our future.

Want to support Fabrica but missed the campaign? You can still make a donation via our website.

About us

Fabrica is a free contemporary art gallery and community charity in the heart of Brighton. We’ve presented work by Martin Parr, Brian Eno, Alfredo Jaar, Janet Cardiff, Simon Faithfull, Melanie Manchot, Susan Collins and Semiconductor, to name but a few. We believe in artists and their ideas and support them to create amazing work: not just the big names but artists at all stages of their career. We welcome around 48,000 people each year to our unique programme of large-scale installations and smaller-scale artist developmental projects.

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Why we need your support

A year ago, we lost a regular £20,000 grant from Brighton & Hove Council as a result of local funding cuts. We’ve tried our best to come back from this but we haven’t been able to adjust fast enough to make up for the loss. We now urgently need to raise £20,000 to keep Fabrica going.

We've been at the heart of the community for 22 years and a lot of people rely on us. We provide opportunities for 200 volunteers each year and development, advice and resources for hundreds of artists. The activities we offer at, and beyond, the gallery are often a way out of social isolation for low-income families, vulnerable older people and people with learning disabilities.

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We don’t want to cut any of our vital work. We've absorbed some of the grant loss by making a member of staff redundant - a very tough decision. We're also working hard to make more money out of hiring out our beautiful historic venue, and that’s going well - but we need your help now to bridge this funding gap.

If we don't manage this, we will have to cut some of the activities that people can access for free or at low cost. That’s a sad prospect because Fabrica is all about reducing barriers to contemporary art and we want everyone to enjoy and learn from it. We might even have to close our doors after 22 years. But we’re really determined not to let that happen.

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Be part of our future

With your help, we can start the new financial year in much better health and get ourselves back on track. With our commercial profits up and our running costs now reduced, we’re optimistic about the future – and we’d love you to be part of it. That’s why, for the first time ever, we’re asking you to support Fabrica.

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Pick up one of our great rewards

We’ve got some great rewards on offer, including unique behind-the-scenes experiences and original artwork kindly donated by artists we’ve worked with.


More about Fabrica

Fabrica is one of Brighton & Hove’s best-loved arts organisations. Based in a beautiful former Regency church in the Lanes, we’ve presented site-specific contemporary art installations since 1996.

See what a year in the life of Fabrica looks like

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We support artists to work at a larger scale, and to take risks – and this approach has led to some amazing experiences in the gallery. 2011’s Cascade by Stéphane Cauchy featured nine buckets on a pulley system tipping water continuously into a pool. For Woodlock (Jacques Nimki, 2006) the gallery was transformed into a forest glade. The Blue Route and Time Passing By (Kaarina Kaikkonen, 2013) saw the gallery and the Clocktower dressed with shirts donated by local residents.  We’ve presented sculptural installations of incredible beauty (such as John Grade’s The Elephant Bed, 2009 and Elpida Hadzi Vasileva’s Fragility, 2015), as well as immersive digital work like Brilliant Noise by Semiconductor (2008). The hugely popular Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff (2011) created an incredible soundscape from Thomas Tallis’ choral piece Spem in Alium.

Our year-round programme includes film screenings; advice and resources for artists in Brighton, Hove and Sussex; and educational workshops and talks. We provide volunteering opportunities for up to 200 people every year. In 2017, our volunteers gave 1,600 hours to support exhibitions, events and our back-office operations. In return we provided 645 hours of training and development.

Amongst other weird and wonderful experiences, Fabrica has created mass drawing events, a skateboarding halfpipe and a club night featuring major UK Grime DJs. Many couples have celebrated their wedding at Fabrica – we give them creative free rein and are always amazed by how they transform the space.

Huge thanks to Tom Thistlethwaite for producing and editing our Crowdfunder video.

FAQs

Doesn’t Fabrica get funding from Arts Council England?

We’re delighted to be part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, which means we receive regular funding towards our core staffing and running costs. However, this funding covers less than half of our total expenditure every year so we still have to raise a lot of additional income (through commercial activities, private trusts and foundations, and individuals).

Arts Council funding has been at a standstill level since 2012 – so in real terms this funding is being cut every year.

What will happen if you don’t raise all the money?

If we only raise some of the money, this will still be a huge help. We don’t have enough reserves (money in the bank) to make up for the gap in our finances, so any money raised will help to preserve our activities – even if only partially.

If we’re not successful at raising any money, we will end the year in a deficit. Because our reserves are depleted, we wouldn’t be able to just take the loss on the chin - we’d need to further reduce our expenditure immediately to ensure the organisation can survive in some form. In reality this could mean losing more staff and cutting the activities that people can currently access for free or at low cost: things like Chomp (a free lunch and activity club for low-income families), Fabrica Art Club or our pioneering volunteer programme.

Ending the year in deficit greatly increases the risk of Fabrica having to shut its doors if we can’t raise more income – our Board may decide that it is too risky to keep going.

If you need money, why do you offer perks/rewards?

We want to recognise the support you’re giving us with a range of rewards and experiences. A large number of these have been donated to us by artists and partners, or they are unique experiences that we can deliver at little cost.

If you raise this money now, will it mean that Fabrica will be ‘safe’?

We operate in a very difficult funding environment and there are no guarantees. However, if we manage to raise funding from our audiences at this time, we’ll be able to start the next financial year in a much better position.

Fabrica’s future looks good: we’re doing well at raising more income through commercial activities like venue hire, which can support our running costs. So we’re very optimistic about getting the organisation to a more resilient place if we raise enough funds to bridge this gap.

Will you ask people for money again after this campaign?

Without regular donations from individuals it will be hard for us to keep presenting our high-quality programmes. We will therefore continue to fundraise in the gallery (asking visitors for cash donations) and online. We very much hope that some of you will want to support Fabrica regularly in the future.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Thank you!

Heartfelt thanks from Fabrica and your name on our online wall of supporters.

£10 or more

Love Fabrica Badge

Heartfelt thanks, your name on our online supporters wall and a specially-designed Love Fabrica badge to wear with pride.

£25 or more

Postcard Pack

All of the above, plus a Fabrica postcard pack featuring six beautiful images from our exhibition archive.

£40 or more

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Fabrica Art Pack

Receive our Love Fabrica badge, a postcard pack, and a special Fabrica art pack with sketchbooks and pencils. And your name on our online supporters' wall!

£75 or more

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History Tour of Fabrica/Holy Trinity Church

An invitation to a special history tour of our 200-year old building, and a talk by Brighton’s inimitable local historian Dr. Geoffrey Mead. Tea and cake included! We'll also add you to our online wall of supporters, of course. Tour will take place Thursday 7th June 2018 at 6pm.

£90 or more

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Experimental Basketmaking Workshop

A place on artist Annemarie O’Sullivan’s Experimental Basketmaking workshop: How to Wrap 5 Eggs on 19 April 2018. Venue: Annemarie’s studio, Isfield (you will receive travel instructions). And your name on our supporters' wall!

£100 or more

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Fabrica Exhibition Print

Your name on our online supporters' wall, your own Love Fabrica badge, a postcard pack AND a beautiful A3 image from our incredible exhibition archive. Choose one of four images. Printing kindly donated by Spectrum Photographic.

£100 or more

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Director's Tour of Shrigley Exhibition

Fabrica Director Liz Whitehead will give you a personal Director's Tour of our spring 2018 exhibition Life Model II by David Shrigley, sharing exclusive insights. And you get a credit on our online supporters' wall, of course.

£150 or more

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Exhibition Briefing with David Shrigley

Get a special invitation to join our staff and volunteers for the spring 2018 exhibition briefing - giving you an exclusive insight into Life Model II and Q&A with artist David Shrigley. We'll provide snacks and drinks, too. And you'll receive an online credit on our supporters' wall of course. Exhibition briefing will be held in April 2018.

£150 or more

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Jacques Nimki Paper Collage

Receive a beautiful paper collage by Jacques Nimki who created Woodlock for Fabrica in 2006 (oriel flora; paper collage; 20 x 30cm). And we will proudly add your name to our online supporters' wall.

£150 or more

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Jacques Nimki Paper Collage

Receive a beautiful paper collage by Jacques Nimki who created Woodlock for Fabrica in 2006 (oriel flora; paper collage; 20 x 30cm) AND we will proudly add your name to our online supporters' wall.

£200 or more

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Ewen Spencer Print 1

Photographic print from Kick Over The Statues artist Ewen Spencer. Untitled from the series Open Mic, 2005. 30 x 34 in a 5mm black resin based mount with a protective invisible seal over the image.

£200 or more

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Ewen Spencer Print 2

Photographic print from Kick Over The Statues artist Ewen Spencer. Untitled from the series Open Mic, 2005. 30 x 34 in a 5mm black resin based mount with a protective invisible seal over the image.

£250 or more

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No Olho da Rua Signed Photograph

Receive a photograph of a view of the full set of No Olho da Rua flyposters in Belo Horizonte, 1997, signed by Julian Germain on behalf of No Olho da Rua Collective, No Olho da Rua stamp. Fabrica presented No Olho da Rua (The Beautiful Horizon) for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2012. (Size: 405 X 265 mm; paper size: 425 X 305mm; C-type print on glossy Kodak Professional Paper). And your name on our online supporters' wall, of course.

£250 or more

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Special Edition of The Response Magazine

The Response is produced for each exhibition by Fabrica's talented volunteers, featuring drawing, photography, writing and more. We usually produce only one physical copy of the magazine but for #KEEPFABRICA we will produce a special limited run of 10 for the Spring 2018 edition. You will also get an exhibition print of your choice, postcard pack, and Fabrica badge. And we'll list you on our online supporters' wall of course.

£250 or more

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Very Private View of Shrigley's Life Model II

Bring up to 12 friends for a Very Private View (outside normal gallery opening hours) of our upcoming spring show, Life Model II by David Shrigley. Led by Director Liz Whitehead, you'll get to enjoy the exhibition (and draw Shrigley's large sculpture) all to yourselves. Refreshments included. And you'll receive a credit on our online supporters' wall of course. Very Private View will take place in April or May 2018.

£295 or more

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Melanie Manchot Photograph

Receive an original photograph by Melanie Manchot who created Gathering for Fabrica in 2011. Title: The Ladies (Kings Dining Hall); 2017; Edition of 30; Size: 50 x 33 cm. And your name on our supporters' wall online, of course.

£400 or more

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Private Film Screening

Your name on our online supporters' wall, and we'll organise a private film screening of your choice in the gallery for you and up to 30 friends! Popcorn included. (Dependent on film availability) .

£450 or more

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Mark Anstee Concept Drawing 4

Receive Concept Drawing 4, made by Mark Anstee for his mesmerising work Early Redemption which he created live at Fabrica over the course of 25 days in 2005. (2005, graphite and red oil pastel on paper on paper, 77cm x 56cm). And your name on our online supporters' wall of course.

£500 or more

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Dinner in the Gallery

We will invite five backers to join the Fabrica team for an intimate dinner in the gallery incorporating a creative activity. We will also give you your choice of A3 exhibition archive image, a postcard pack and Love Fabrica badge - and we'll display your name on our online supporters' wall.

£750 or more

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Mark Anstee Concept Drawing 1

Receive Concept Drawing 1, made by Mark Anstee for his mesmerising work Early Redemption which he created live at Fabrica over the course of 25 days in 2005. (2005, chalk pastel and graphite on paper, 77cm x 56cm). And your name on our online supporters' wall of course.

£925 or more

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John Grade Etching

An original limited edition etching by John Grade who created The Elephant Bed for Fabrica in 2009 - one of our most memorable exhibitions. Title: Seabed, approximately 38 x 38 cm. And your name on our online supporters' wall.

£1,100 or more

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Ron Haselden Ltd Edition 3D Photograph

A limited edition of 3-dimensional photographic image by Ron Haselden who created 2016's popular exhibition Luminary for Fabrica. Title: Field in the Sun, 2018, 5/5 limited edition print, 20.5 x 15 x 4cm, small box frame. And your name on our online supporters' wall.

£1,100 or more

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Dominique de Beir Painting

Receive Black Spirit, an original painting by Dominique de Beir who created La Route Blanche for Fabrica in 2007 (2009, painting, perforations on black carbon, 30x20cm). And your name on our online supporters' wall of course.

£1,500 or more

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Honorary Fabrica Patron for Life

You'll receive your choice of A3 exhibition archive image, a Fabrica book, postcard pack and badge, AND we will make you an honorary Fabrica Patron for Life. You'll be credited as such on our website (unless you don't want us to), and receive special invitations to events, as well as opportunities to meet Liz and the team.

£3,500 or more

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Fabrica for the Day

We will send you a badge, postcard pack, your choice of A3 exhibition archive image, add your name to our online supporters' wall, and offer you our magnificent venue for a day - to use for your wedding reception, a film or photoshoot, or just an old-fashioned knees-up. *Terms and conditions apply.

£5,000 or more

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Neeta Madahr Original Work (pair)

A pair of stunning original 30" x 30" photographic works by artist Neeta Madahar, both presented as part of her Falling exhibition at Fabrica in 2005: Landed and Falling 4. Plus a copy of Nature Studies, artist catalogue featuring a DVD of Falling. And naturally you will be credited on our online supporters' wall.


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