40 Duke Street
Brighton & Hove
Fabrica is an art gallery in the heart of Brighton town centre, committed to promoting understanding of contemporary visual art and craft. It opened in March 1996 in the redundant Holy Trinity Church with the support of South East Arts, Brighton Borough Council, The Foundation for Sport and the Arts and Chichester Diocese. The original idea grew out of the ambitions of Red Herring Studios, in Hove, to provide access to contemporary visual art.
Office Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Film Monthly: Boy Eating the Bird's Food
- 14 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm
Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (2013, subtitled, 80 mins)
This film follows a 23 year old man caught up in the current economic troubles in Athens, in the throes of poverty and starvation. Unable to find employment despite a significant singing talent, he shares the birdseed of his caged pet canary and carries his few remaining coins in a plastic Kinder egg capsule.
‘Papadopoulos gives a sensational and intimate performance. Together with Lygizos’s voyeuristic camera, it places alienation, hunger and psychosis at the heart of a universal story about unemployment. Its washed-out colours and soft focus on the antihero’s psychological straits make this low-budget picture a striking and often alarming highlight. - Georgia Korossi, BFI
Before the screening, we will have a taster of the Dawn Chorus films on show for the audience to enjoy. There will be a pay bar.
Doors open 7.30pm, the screening begins promptly at 8pm
- Any age
Adults: £3 plus booking fee
60+, students, unemployed: Free, please be prepared to show proof of age/status.
For more details and to book call 01273 778646.
Animals - New London Chamber Choir
- 15 May 2015 From 9pm
Animals – New London Chamber Choir, conductor Matthew Hamilton
‘[NLCC] sent one away reeling at their skill, precision and stamina’ The Guardian
‘…this has to be the most accomplished choir in Britain’ The Independent
An a cappella menagerie is let loose by one of the country’s leading contemporary ensembles in this joyously original programme of choral singing.
From Janequin’s 15th-century bird calls to Giles Swayne’s multi-language setting of William Blake’s most famous poem; from howls and yelps to whistles and footstamping, and from elephants to mice, the New London Chamber Choir uses the gems of animal-inspired choral works to bring a zoo-ful of animals riotously to life.
Judith Bingham’s Unpredictable but Providential celebrates the spring arrival of migratory birds, while Madrigals from the Natural World by the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen take their inspiration from elephants, egrets and bat’s sonar. No less dramatic (and often no more polite), madrigals from an earlier generation demonstrate that composers and singers have long felt the need to release their inner beasts.
- Any age
All Saints Church, Hove
Disabled access facilities for wheelchair users
Ramp access available
Toilets that are accessible for disabled people
Dawn Chorus Late Opening
- 15 May 2015 8-10:30pm
Enjoy Dawn Chorus late into the evening. Dawn Chorus is an immersive multi-screen film installation that uses unique digital methods to explore the relationship between birdsong and the human voice, and similarities between bird and human behaviour.
Nineteen individual singers uncannily recreate birdsong and bird movement. Together they form a chorus that accurately simulates the sounds and timings of a natural dawn chorus. With each singer depicted in an everyday location: an underground car park, an osteopathic clinic, a bedroom, a bathtub, Dawn Chorus is as much a portrait of British people and their daily habits as it is of the natural world.
Dawn Chorus was produced in 2007. Marcus Coates worked with scientist Peter McGregor who specialises in birdsong and animal behaviour, and notable birdsong expert and wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample. To record the dawn chorus they used a unique method to capture the individual birdsongs and their inter-species song timings. By predicting where individual birds would sing and through trial and error they recorded 14 individual songs simultaneously. Thereby creating an accurate document of which species of birds sing in relation to others at what time in the morning. They recorded at three different sites in Northumberland between 3am and 9am over seven days using a 24 track digital recorder.
Fabrica is delighted to be working with Brighton Festival 2015 as a co-presenter of Dawn Chorus, and Ali Smith who as Festival Guest Director has invited us to ‘imagine the world seen from the eye of a bird’.
Dawn Chorus is part of the Arts Council Collection at Southbank, who have kindly loaned the work. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere (BLDB) are also event partners for the exhibition.
- Any age
Sing Like a Bird with Marcus Coates
- 15 May 2015 7-8pm
Would you like to sing like a bird?
During May Marcus Coates is revisiting the method he first developed for producing Dawn Chorus by teaching six volunteers from Brighton & Hove to sing the songs of local and migratory birds in a similar way to the performers depicted in the exhibition. Rather than filming this new choral piece, it will be performed live at Fabrica, following an introduction to the technical process by Marcus Coates.
If you’d like to audition to be part of the chorus email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details.
Participants must be available for rehearsal on the afternoons of 7 and 15 May and for the public performance 7-8pm on Friday 15 May.
In partnership with Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere.
- Any age