Katie Hare, Edge of the Frame (still) 2016


John Butler, Clay Gold, Katie Hare, Matthew Humphreys, Claire Manning, Nicholas Mortimer, Liv Pennington, Mildred Rambaud

Open : Saturday 8th July - Sunday 6th August
Private View: Friday 7th July 6pm - onwards
Opening Times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am-5pm

You wake up and music fills the room.
Your PC has identified your brain signals and coffee is brewing to your specifications.
Later you put on your VR headset and leave the house.
Amidst your view of the real world, avatars approach you.
They greet you, meet you, inform you, warn you, and sell to you.
Are you ready?
Are you ready for your future?

We are creating a discourse for people to reflect on our digital future and the ways in which that could potentially impact on our everyday lives.

How do you think the rise in virtual reality and technological advancements will effect our physical, functional, and emotional routines? How would you wish to see it advance?

About the artists:
John Butler's films recount the daily routine of children being raised in a secure compound to meet the challenges of a financialised world. His work is about human utility in an age of artificial indifference. He works with 3D animation, motion capture, digital audio and text to speech applications.

Clay Gold's “Between the Attic and the Basement” is a sound installation which addresses the space between the conscious mind and the subconscious archive.

Katie Hare's films are looking at the effects of the rise of rapid digital communication, specifically in respect to memory, both shared and personal. Katie works in video, but also across performance, sound and text.

Matthew Humphreys explores the human condition, highlighting the role of sight and sound as a component for discourse and wellbeing. His film and collages are personal recollections of his family life. His documentary video background informs his artistic practice. His camera catches the most intimate moments and transforms them into universally engaging themes.

Claire Manning's film is an investigation into edgelands and non-places. Her film technique uses distortion and collaging to emphasis the emotional potential of these ‘non-utopias’. She uses non-traditional approaches and construction methods to create her films, installations, assemblages, montages, and prints.

Nicholas Mortimer's installation creates a conversation between an avatar of justice and a vision of future man. The characters meet in a mythological ruin, and discuss how technology could make meaningful change to social, cultural and political issues. Nicholas' work explores transfictional methodologies and mythological possibilities focussed on cybernetic futures that become meshed with ancient symbolism.

Liv Pennington's films and prints examine the impact of digital forms of communication, on the social management of the likable female image. What happens when you perform, adjust and filter your appearance and behaviour for views and for likes?

Mildred Rambaud's sculptures highlight the physical, through delineating space, while reimagining a new sculptural language. She embraces a range of methods and approaches including painting and performance. Her work explores archetypal imagery, fragility and the impossible.

Touching the Void is Crate's contribution to the Margate Festival.


Image: Katie Hare, Edge of the Frame (still), 2016



Open: May 19 - June 4, 2017
Opening times - Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6pm (or by appointment)

Artist discussion: Thursday 25 May, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Closing party: Friday 2nd June 6 - 9pm

Artist Jemima Brown has approached CRATE with the intention of testing new work outside of the solitary world of the home studio. By working on this project in a public space she is inviting audiences to consider the processes involved in the making of the work as much as the work itself.

From recurring archetypes to fleeting memes she often explores the feedback loop between representations of women constructed within various cultural narratives and women's own self-images expressed through consumer choices and lifestyles.

Taking as a starting point the idea of ‘figures in a political landscape’, her new work involves the construction of abstract sculptural assemblages alongside figurative drawings.

By observing the tropes and visual signifiers of political affiliation this new work aims to spark broader discussion about how the construction and form of an object might relate to its initial starting point, and discuss levels of representation in the objects and images that make up the project.

About the artist:

After receiving an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 1995 Jemima Brown has established a career as an artist practicing in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, drawing and moving image. In 2010/11 she was the recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award at Standpoint in London. Past awards have included a Fulbright Scholarship as a guest of the Graduate Program at University of California Los Angeles, and the Cocheme Fellowship residency at University of the Arts, as a resident artist at Central Saint Martins Byam Shaw School of Art.

Since moving to Thanet in 2014 she has been developing new work as well as continuing to exhibit ongoing bodies of work.

This project has been facilitated with generous support from Arts Council England and will include 3 days of sculpture workshops in June with Year 3 and Year 5 pupils at St Peter in Thanet Junior School.


Image courtesy of the artist, 2017



Exhibition and workshop postponed due to ill health - new dates to follow soon

A layer of living moss forms an indoor landscape in Lizzy Rose’s new audio-visual installation at CRATE.
Incorporating video, sound, hand-made objects and manipulated plant-life, the work explores landscape, form, nostalgia and the pursuit of knowledge between cultures.

Lizzy Rose visited Japan in 2016 to research a form of floristry called Ikebana which has been practised for over 600 years. Rose's interest lies in the hidden culture surrounding this art form, which she examines by drawing parallels between The Art of Flower Arranging, a book produced in the 1950's, and the classes held today in Tokyo by the Ohara School of Ikebana for International students.

The Art of Flower Arranging by Ishimoto is a instructional guide on how to use the simplified principles of Ikebana to decorate your home. Ishimoto encourages the user to observe nature and landscape. Pure Ikebana is more precise, combining geometry and natural forms; the wildness of nature meeting rational aesthetics. By replicating landscape it aims to create a transformative space that evokes the sublime, which is described as a kind of spirituality, or sacred place.

Alongside the exhibition there will be an opportunity to take part in a workshop creating your arrangement from nature. This will be a free workshop. Time and venue to be confirmed. The exhibition was funded by the Arts Council, The Great Britain Saskawa Foundation and CRATE.

About the artist:
Lizzy Rose (b. 1988) is a British artist who lives and works in Margate. Her work explores community, British identity and hidden culture. She has a severe form of Crohns disease. She studied at Central Saint Martins' School of Art and Design. Lizzy Rose was part of artist-led space, LIMBO in Margate from 2012-15 and now is part of the programming team at CRATE.




Wednesday 23 November 2016, 5-9pm

CRATE is pleased to present a new work by artist Harry Chapman to kick-off a series of related events that fall somewhere between offering a methodology and means to re-think the positivised 'full-presence' of the performing body, especially when our current social life is being put to work constantly without value.

Double Parallel is a looped projection work predicated on the axiomatic function of moving-image – being both recorded and played back at the same speed. The material of the work is therefore its composition, rather than the time and space which passes for its content.

As a principle or score, Double Parallel maintains a paradoxical relation to the site at CRATE - in which it is both autonomous and contingent on any given future realisation.

To the extent that this work is concerned with an immediate relation between its realisation and its exhibition, its material is synonymous with that of performance; with the difference that it consists entirely of its own documentation.

About the artist:
Since graduating in July 2012 Harry Chapman (b. 1988, graduated Central Saint Martins (BA Fine Art, 4D)) has worked on an independent basis between London and Europe. Whilst studying, the principal form of his work was performance - concerned in particular with non-mediated processes and simultaneity. During the time since graduating Chapman has realised a number of pieces of work on digital video, recorded directly to tape and played back from tape - as well as exhibiting some of his work at an independent space in central London (a.m., 10 Copperfield St.l, SE1 0EL). There is a direct (as opposed to implicit or biographical) relation between Chapman's earlier work in performance, the work on digital video tape, and more recent work made in relation to a score – as at CRATE.


Clarissa Beveridge, Melisa Erol, Ryan Miles & Sophie Taylor

Open Evening: Friday 11 November, 2016. 6–9pm
Open Studio: Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 November. 12-4pm

Deluxe Fun Lounge: Paradise 2016 is opening to the public, presenting both complete and in-progress work.
Taking place at the end of Crate's Graduate Platform Award, the Lounge seeks to develop conversations and discussions concerning each of the graduate’s practices, and is an exciting opportunity for the viewer to participate in their work. The Lounge is a communal space that embraces collaboration, engagement and participation.

For the Open Studio, visitors are invited to engage with the artist’s practices and processes. Having formed a relaxed and informal environment to aid the generation of their work, the artists have considered how the viewer engages with the space. With no blank white walls, the lounge is a working space crammed with tables, sculptures, films, lamps paintings, desks, drawings, rugs, music and chairs.


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