Upcoming events at Fabrica gallery


14 JUNE, 11am – 4pm (free – drop-in at any time)

A free drop-in event at Fabrica gallery, celebrating laughter. An exploration of the joys that bind, shared laughter and experience through generations that work across the age divide.

All day activities…

Artist Jane Fordham will be talking with people about their memories of things that have made them happy, things they find funny and what makes them laugh. An eclectic selection of objects will be used to spark memories and encourage chatter, and participants will make ‘installations’ following their experience. From 2pm, the installations will culminate into source material for the development of dance gestures led by dancer Anne Colvin, which in turn build to dancing with each other.

A selection of silent comedies will be on throughout the day, which links to our evening showing of ‘The Artist’. Visitors can sit and enjoy these or casually catch them as the look around the rest of the event.

Writer and artist Clare Nias will be here through the day to share her series of Flying Books, inviting participants to add to the books, which are themed on very different ideas, such as the Book of What Makes me Laugh, the Book of Mistakes and the Book of Being a Teenager. You can write, draw or collage your additions – Clare will be on hand to share stories and chat about the books.

Timed events…

11.30am and 3.15pm: Performer Martha Brown will be performing her piece 14 Smiles, which was inspired by an experiment, in which Martha counted how many people returned her smiles whilst walking in London. Receiving only 14 smiles, out of many more given, raised questions for her about social interaction. 14 Smiles is a funny, inquisitive and personal exploration into social interaction and the everyday.

1.15pm: Historian Sarah Tobias will be talking and singing about laughter, making people smile in theatre, music hall and song.

And the rest…

We’ll have vintage games dotted around for people to play, sparking memories of childhood and parenthood.

There will also be free hot drinks and sweet snacks for everyone to enjoy, whilst having a chat, playing a game or enjoying one of the activities.

If you need help with transport we can offer it for free! Contact Clare on clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk or call 01273 778646 to arrange or for more details.