Laughter – Fabrica

Strike a Light is curating an event at Fabrica gallery on Thursday 14th June along the theme of laughter – ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people’. An exploration of the joys that bind, shared laughter and experience through generations which work across the age divide..

The free event will comprise a series of workshop activities with artists, exhibitions, and a cafe between 11am-4pm, as well as a film showing from 6-8pm for £1 on the same date. Say tuned for more details on this, as it is being programmed at the moment. You can also follow Strike a Light on Twitter @strikerlight


Strike a Light will be running a reminiscence activity for Dementia sufferers on Thursday 1st March, alongside willing 75 year old volunteer Rod Patterson. We will be using a memory box, postcards and ‘memory triggers’ to create a comfortable and safe space for the residential care residents to explore their heritage and life experiences.

Hope Springs Eternal re-visited

The 15 minute film ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ which Strike a Light created in collaboration with filmmaker Si Mitchell in October 2011 continues to receive positive responses. It was shown at White Night 2011 in Brighton as part of a wider event organised by Strike a Light also called ‘Hope Springs Eternal’, and again in December at Fabrica gallery as part of the ‘Relativity’ event.

‘Taking part in the ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ film was an interesting experience. I so hope that such a film will help to inspire similar events’.

Creative Archives

Strike a Light attended a really interesting Arts Council funded Artist in the Archive day at the BBC Archive building store in Perivale, North West London in February.

This was organised by Archives for Creativity and invited artists from around the South East to look at new ways to contextualise and explore archives. It was a wonderful opportunity to see a working archive, as well as accessing a venue which is not usually open to the public. We had a grand tour and saw a variety of processes relating to archival, restoration and digitisation.

The artist Chris Dorley-Brown spoke about a previous project he’d worked on in collaboration with the BBC Archive which was fascinating and informative, and it was also a good chance to see what other artists are working on, relating to archives in the area.

The BBC is exploring the idea of a creative archive plan further to allow greater usage of its images, photos, radio and TV.

Further examples of archives can be found here:

Relativity update

Strike a Light’s events at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton in December 2011 went well and were well received, involving local artists and groups attending a variety of curated activities at the centrally located contemporary visual arts venue.

The film showing of Mid August Lunch was especially popular, although this may have been the free mulled wine and cosy beanbags to accompany the viewing which went down very well indeed!

Following meetings in 2012, Strike a Light will be organising two further events in 2012. The first on the subject of laughter on Thursday June 14th from 11-4pm. You can keep up to date with information about this here or on Twitter @strikerlight

The second event to be curated will be on Thursday 6th September also from 11-4pm, which will form part of the national Heritage Open Days programme of free events. Keep an eye out for information and activities around these events!


You can also check Fabrica Gallery’s webpage for more information and join their mailing list: