Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage in partnership with Fabrica Gallery organised two days of primary schools’ events at Fabrica gallery, Brighton, in September 2021 for the Heritage Open Days programme of events. This was part of the ongoing Heritage Lottery Funded project Past:Present:Future.

We were pleased to welcome classes from Middle Street Primary School, Fairlight Primary School, St Paul’s Primary School and St Bartholomew’s Primary School all based in Brighton.

Strike a Light’s Creative Director, Nicola Benge, led the activities which included making and painting air dried clay decorative relief tiles based on the original building floor tiles at Fabrica Gallery. The pupils were also taught brass rubbing of the brasses at the building.  Each child went home with a bespoke clay tile that they designed, and design drawings and/or a brass rubbing all aimed at Key Stage 2 engagement.

All the feedback we received from school staff was very positive and 100% of the feedback we received rated the events as ‘Very enjoyable’.

Really appreciated the hands on workshop and chance to use different materials to what we have in school. Fantastic to have a large space where the children work in groups and move around – it really frees up creativity to be able to move around and experience the stimuli in person.

Activities were well suited to the age group and brilliantly organised by well informed staff – lovely time had!

Everything was very well-organised and it was clear what the children were expected to do. The children very much enjoyed the workshop. Thanks for inviting us!

It was very well organised. Lovely team who engaged with the children. We had a fabulous morning.

The events were part of Heritage Open Days week which celebrates history and culture across England every September with thousands of free events taking place nationwide.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage and Fabrica Gallery will run another set of workshops for Heritage Open Days next September 2022. Please get in touch at if you are a primary school interested in participating.