Fabrica Archive Volunteer

Fabrica Gallery

Register your Interest

Would you like to play an important role in preserving, sharing and exploring Brighton and Hove’s unique visual arts heritage? Fabrica, Brighton’s centre for contemporary art, has been providing a space for artistic support and public engagement in the city since 1996. We are seeking volunteers for our current archive project ‘Beyond the Temporary, preserving 25 years of site specific art’. Over its 25 years, Fabrica has collected thousands of documents relating to its exhibition programme; containing proposals, sketches, correspondence between curators and artists, photographic and film documentation, printed marketing materials and more. Documents are currently kept in 56 clear plastic, 60 L storage boxes on the Church’s balcony, far from public view and access. This project therefore intends on making Fabrica’s archive, and ultimately the art history of the city, an accessible resource that can be used by the wider community. This will open up Fabrica’s impressive past, revisiting exciting exhibition’s you may have even been a part of! They would love your help to ensure that Fabrica’s heritage is looked after and open to all.


What can you expect as a volunteer? You will learn about Brighton’s arts heritage and be guided/trained, as appropriate, in:

• Archive research

• Cataloguing, transcribing and indexing historical material

• Identification and display of historic material

No experience is necessary, as training / guidance will be given


This is a great and rare opportunity to delve deep into an extensive visual arts archive, handling materials which have never fully been explored. You will gain a ‘behind-the-scenes’ understanding of how exhibitions take form, while simultaneously learning new and invaluable skills such as heritage archiving, visual preservation and website development.

When do I need to be available?

Details Start Date 01/05/2019 End Date 01/11/2019 Details Volunteers are required to offer a minimum of 10-20 hours over a 3-6 month period and to be available for occasional guidance sessions.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

40 Duke Street
East Sussex

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    up to £5 travel expenses per shift with receipt
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
    yes based on individual needs
  • Training