CRATE is an artist-led organisation based in East Kent supporting contemporary visual artists’ research and practice. CRATE promotes critical debate and the exchange of ideas without prescribed outcomes.
Based in an old print works near the sea front in Margate, CRATE’s building has been bought and refurbished with major support from Arts Council England South East, East Kent Partnership and Thanet District Council. The building opened in July 2006.
The building combines working and project space and is designed to give artists access to dedicated, affordable space for experimentation, production, documentation and research. There are three floors of studios, and two project spaces on the ground floor. The project spaces are available for short-term use by practitioners, alongside a programme initiated by CRATE.
From 2009-14, CRATE offered a sequence of 18-month curatorial bursaries to three artist-curators. These were Matthew de Pulford (programme: Bad Translation, 2009-10), Toby Huddlestone (programme: Exhibition as Medium, 2011-12) and Sacha Waldron (programme: The Survey, 2013-14).
Between 2013-15 CRATE was also a lead partner (with University for the Creative Arts) in Collaborative Research Group, an alternative internship and education programme initiated and led by Toby Huddlestone.
CRATE is currently programmed by a group of artists, some of whom are also studio holders.