Fabrica’s 'Men In Sheds' project shortlisted for national awards 2022

Photo of two men wearing aprons working on a woodwork project

Men in Sheds' is a free community workshop space for adult men in Brighton and Hove, which includes an activity room for woodwork and metalwork.

This month saw the return of ShedFest, the national conference for Mens Sheds in the UK together with the Shed of the Year Awards 2022, taking place at the University of Worcester Arena on the 25th June, 2022.

Fabrica say:

"We were extremely proud to have been shortlisted for Shed Partnership of the Year, and Shed of the Year for our Kemptown Men In Sheds project which is part of UOK, a network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton and Hove.

Our Mens Shed is a space where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work. Activities provide structure and companionship but without emphasis on discussion of mental wellbeing."

This year is the first year back since 2019 and the field of nominations is incredibly strong, said John Latchford, Chairman of UK Mens Sheds Association.”

I Congratulate Kemptown Men in Sheds for the quality of their nomination and this is why we shortlisted them for the award.  My sincere best wishes to them and all the Sheds this year – it is a really exciting field”.

Mens Sheds has been found to reduce loneliness by 96%, anxiety by 75% and depression by 89%.  97% of Shedders make new friends on joining a Shed and 88% feel more connected to the community

For more information about Mens Sheds please visit www.menssheds.org.uk or www.fabrica.org.uk/sheds

About Fabrica

Nestled within Brighton’s historic lanes, Fabrica is a space where everyone can experience art. Through immersive exhibitions and commissions, we introduce visitors to the work of celebrated international artists. At the same time, we support and commission emerging artists, giving them the financial and creative support to make engaging and thought provoking work. This way, art is always here to surprise, challenge and inspire our communities.

Cultural experiences at Fabrica are often immersive, shaped around our Grade II listed building. No prior knowledge of art is needed to step inside, and to engage, enjoy and respond. At Fabrica, our audiences can experience art in other unexpected ways:  through our ever-changing calendar of film screenings, talks, group discussions and community led events. And through a holistic programme of workshops where they might create sculptures, prints, drawings, textiles that supports learning and increases wellbeing. Our café and private venue hire give people another way to make art part of their everyday lives.

At Fabrica everyone can connect with art – and with the big life questions it