Fabrica is a place where artists come to make new work. Fabrica supports and encourages the artists with whom it works to be adventurous and to test the boundaries of their practice. It encourages an open dialogue between artists and visitors within the gallery space and produces an integrated programme of education and audience development activity that strives to remove barriers to access, engagement and understanding.
There are six interlinked strands that define Fabrica’s activity.
Three main shows each year often developed in partnership. We also regularly commission artists in residence.
Learning and Education
Covering artists’ professional development as well as work with schools, further and higher education students and community groups.
Health and Wellbeing
We work across all our programmes to provide creative and inspirational ways of developing better mental health and wellbeing through art.
Support For Artists
Built around the Artist Resource that offers a reference library, one to one sessions, talks, workshops, seminars and
Volunteer and Work Placement Scheme
Providing people of different ages and backgrounds with opportunities across all areas of the gallery.
Multiple platforms to allow the different voices of the organisation to shine through and to highlight some of the activity at Fabrica that may not have a public outcome.
How is Fabrica funded?
Like most arts organisations, Fabrica is funded from a variety of ever changing sources. Researching and applying for funding is a major occupation for us. There are some basic areas into which our current funding falls.
We are fortunate enough to have regular funding from Arts Council England for whom we are an NPO (National Portfolio Organisation). This funding is typically awarded over a three-year period and regular reapplication is required. This public funding covers about 35-40% of our costs and we have to consistently seek additional sources of funding as detailed below.
Fabrica has a history of successful applications to the European Union Interreg and Creative Europe programmes. During that time we have successfully completed and delivered a number of projects that support collaboration with cultural partners in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy and Macedonia.
We regularly apply for funding for specific projects. Growing an Older Audience is an example of this type of funding.
Hiring out Fabrica for social occasions and conferences or meetings is valuable income for us.
We welcome donations in the gallery during exhibitions and events, the majority of which are provided free of charge. If you would like to make a donation to Fabrica, you can do so via our support us page.