Fabrica Art Gallery, situated in the heart of Brighton’s charismatic Laines shopping district, is one of the most iconic and recognisable buildings in the city. With an adventurous philosophy rooted in pushing boundaries and supporting innovative new ideas, Fabrica is an organisation very much in the same mould as BHESCo. There is a long history of close links between the art world and environmental conservation, and Fabrica has been continuing this tradition by working with BHESCo to lower their carbon emissions, as well as featuring exhibits which provoke discussion and contemplation about our relationship with the natural world.
To reduce the energy usage of the gallery, BHESCo was engaged by Fabrica to design and install a brand new cutting edge energy saving light installation. The lighting rig was custom built to the specific requirements of the gallery space, and consists of 50 LED lights which can be remotely controlled to suit each individual exhibition. BHESCo estimates that the installation will help Fabrica to save around 13,185kWh of energy a year, which is the equivalent of keeping 2.7 tonnes of harmful CO2 out of our atmosphere. And of course, a major benefit of using less energy is that the gallery will enjoy significantly reduced energy bills; we estimate annual savings to be £1,970!
All of this fits perfectly with the themes surrounding the summer events programme, led by Artist in Residence Lorenza Ippolito, which explores Brighton & Hove as a sustainable city and asks how artists and sustainable companies can work together to create places of enduring value. Fabrica’s current featured exhibition, The Third Paradise by Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘seeks to reconcile the conflict between the first and second paradises of nature and human artifice. This conflict is leading toward global destruction but the third paradise offers a solution, a resolution that will save the planet and humanity’. The exhibition is on now and runs right through to the 29th August 2016.
Britain’s first ever community-owned pub on a housing estate is set to re-open after a 3-year campaign by local residents, and the party will kick off with a blessing from the local Vicar who has done so much to make the miracle happen.
Father John Wall, the Vicar of Moulsecoomb in Brighton, will be blessing the re-opening of The Bevy on Saturday 13th December 5.30pm.
The Bevy will be the first community-owned pub on a housing estate in the UK – but will be so much more than just a pub. Bucking the trend of 20 pubs closing a week, the Bevy will not just be serving beers, but be a much-needed family-oriented pub and café for the Bevendean and Moulsecoomb communities.
Formerly The Bevendean Hotel, it closed in 2010 leaving nearly 18,000 people miles away from a pub despite being part of one of Britain’s liveliest cities. Residents fought to get the old pub re-opened and have raised much of the £200,000 needed themselves and regular ‘work-ins’ have seen volunteers give up their weekends to fit out the pub ahead of its grand opening.
More than 700 people have bought ‘community shares’ and are now owners of the pub – the most of any co-op pub in the country.