OPEN CALL - Micro Placement Residency Programme

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Opportunity for Thanet-based artists to take place in our forthcoming micro-placement exchange and residency

About the project

Selected artists will be placed with specialists from various trade, craft, labour and academic backgrounds based in and around Margate for one week in August or September 2019 (depending on the placement), and have time and space to develop a body of work in response to this exchange. The space will also be available for the respective business owners/ tradespeople to use to allow for the possibility of collaborative work.

We are interested in collaboration and dialogue as a means of resistance. We want to create a platform for genuine skill-sharing and knowledge exchange, and to promote collaboration across professions in the area. Artists will have the opportunity to work within a different environment, open up dialogue, be inspired by different processes and gain new skills. This project is essentially about getting people talking and working together who wouldn’t usually do so, and seeing what happens!

What is included in the opportunity?

*one week placement with specialist from local trade/academic background
*access to studio space at CRATE for three weeks in September
*opportunity to exhibit work and take part in public events
*opportunity to be part of a printed publication
*£300 fee
*budget for materials

We welcome applications from artists who can demonstrate how they would benefit from this kind of exchange. We welcome applications from artists from all backgrounds but particularly those who may face barriers to opportunities in the arts due to ableism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and/or classism.

To apply:
Please email to katie@cratespace.co.uk and mel@cratespace.co.uk by 31 July
A single PDF including the following:
Proposal outlining your interest in the residency (max 300 words)
Artist statement outlining details of your practice and research interests (max 300 words)
Up to 10 images/ links to examples of your work
CV
We also welcome applications in video/audio format.
If you have any questions please email us!

BORDERLINE

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Sara Jackson, Louisa Clements, Damian Cockton

Public Preview: Friday 26th July, 6-9 pm
Project Space Open: 27th - 29th 12-4 pm

CRATE presents Borderline, an exhibition by UCA graduates Sara Jackson, Louisa Clements, Damian Cockton

The Crate Graduate Award offers three graduating BA Fine Artists from UCA the use of its project space as part of a one month residency. The award is offering graduates space and support to develop new work, bridging the gap between education and self-directed practice. Each graduate will be offered mentoring sessions with established creatives/artists and support from CRATE’s Programming Team. The Crate Graduate Award is in partnership with University of the Creative Arts,Canterbury.

UCA and Crate Student Graduate Award

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Welcome to our three recipients from UCA for the UCA and Crate Graduate Award.

Sara Jackson, Louisa Clements and Damian Cockton are all graduating students from UCA who have been invited to spend a month at the Crate Project Space to further their artistic practices and present a public outcome. They are currently busy working down at Crate, so please feel free to drop in and introduce yourself to them.

Meet the Grads:

Sara Jackson

"My interest in materials help me explore and interact with the surrounding environment. Surface, texture, form, movement, space and light are the key interests in my practice. My work borders between the boundaries of the accident and control, with my fascination of sunlight’s interactions with space. The angled sunlight running across my space was the first trigger of intrigue, from this time (transience) started to become a focus. It is important to me for the audience to feel activated by the work and with the work responding to its location and playing with the notion of transience, the audience is able to engage. By creating collections of work, it allows me to experiment with compositions and see which works have the best relationship. Play is an important factor to the making and installing of the work and because of this it allows there to be an energy in the work, that it feels in a state of flux."

Damian Cockton

 
"My current practice is derived from a conversation about 'the sound a shape makes' - basically, we have reactions to shape and form and surface. Whether anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, cultural or to do with our life experience. Our brains naturally look for patterns and familiarity. This can operate on a real base level to quite deep intellectual understandings and references. Basically, it is our desire to find familiarity in our visual world to feel safe. My work plays with these notions in form, shape and surface. The work looks at our duality in modern day life. The work is in creating a response from the viewer getting them to create their own dialogue, narrative."

Lousia Clements

"My current practice is an explorative journey of concrete’s material qualities and the questioning of its role as a fine art material. What I love about concrete is its unapologetic nature; even the way in which things are referred to as “set in concrete”, influences me. My work distorts the often negative view of concrete as an unsightly and cumbersome material. Through playful and experimental qualities I hope to reveal new insights into the material. Experimentation is key to my work as it further develops my understanding of and relationship to the material. Process is immensely important to me, I have ad-hoc methods of making which reveals new insights into the material. My ad-hoc making process is emphasised by experimentation with moulds to explore different forms and textures."

Jerome White: A LONG ROAD

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Open: 11am-6pm, Monday 17-Sunday 30 June, 2019

Mixed media miniature artist Jerome White is looking to create an interpretation of the Jamaican environment, through a collection of miniatures of varying scales, alongside photos and short videos.

A long road aims to be an exploration of roots, culture and everyday life in Jamaica, using the title A Long Road as both reference to where his family originate and to plot out a journey through the streets of Jamaica. Jerome has been creating miniature art for around 5 years, as a way of documenting the streets. The environments are removed from their original setting and placed within a gallery space, allowing for the viewer to engage with each piece up close, placing themselves within the work. Though shows like peeling paint (an interpretation of urban decay) 2018 and little Folkestone 2019, most of which have depicted decay and neglect in the UK, Jerome aims to create connections to his Jamaican heritage. With this collection of work, he aims to introduce this side of his identity in full. By dedicating a show to a wide variety of none traditional architectural styles of building, alongside the vibrancy of the environment in both the natural and man made, Jerome sees this series of work as a departure from the traditional English architecture and setting we’re so used to seeing, instead enabling us to view a much rawer, expressive, and individual style of living.

Instagram @jerome_jmini
Website www.96togo.co.uk

HOUSE MEETING - Public Discussions

House Meeting poster.

Steven Alan, Gema de Castro, Katie Fiore, Ty Locke, Jo Murray, Rosalind Russell, Melanie Wheeler, Jake Wood

Public discussion 1: 6:30pm, Thursday 6 June, 2019
Public discussion 2: 6:30pm, Wednesday 12 June 2018
Private view: 7pm, Saturday 15 June 2018

House Meeting is an exhibition & series of conversations that will present the work of the Crate Programming team 2019-2020, and begin to open up some of the questions that will be explored throughout the upcoming programme.

As programmers, the exhibition will not only present all of the programming team artists’ individual and diverse practices, but will also provide an opportunity to question what it means to be an artist-curator, and how organising can be a key part of artist practice today. The show itself will be an experiment in curation, actively shifting and changing throughout the exhibition period.

‘House Meetings’ will take place at set times within the show, providing space for the team and members of the public to gather, chat, and discuss some of the issues facing artists today.

Together we will discuss: How do we continue to sustain a meaningful practice in times of precarity? What are the barriers to creativity? What is a sustainable practice? How do we make/produce? What is the function of the arts space in the community? How can we utilise our research and practice in a way that will benefit wider society? What does it mean to collaborate and why is working together important? How can we work together to create a caring and supportive network?

Crate’s newly expanded programming team are focused on experimenting with collaboration, taking risks that push the boundaries of artistic practices and enabling space for research without the pressure of prescribed outcomes. We are committed to strengthening our output, audience and working spaces beyond traditional exhibition platforms, and engaging with the public and private spaces that surround us.

About the artists:

Steven Alan is a photographer and zine-maker from Margate, Kent. He studied photography at Canterbury Christ Church University in Broadstairs and is currently working as a freelance artist, self-publishing his work, organizing and curating exhibitions, events and workshops in and around the South East of England. Steven joined Crate’s programming team in 2019 and will be leading on Crate’s forthcoming ‘zine fair, publications and anthologies
cargocollective.com/khanswrath

Gema de Castro (born in Toledo, Spain) is an independent curator based in UK. She studied MA Curatorial Practice at the UCA (Canterbury, UK) 2018, BA in Humanities 2016 & Diploma in Education Modern Foreign Language 2012, (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo-Spain) Illustration and Graphic Design 2006 (School of Arts, Toledo-Spain).
gemadecastro.wixsite.com

Emily Demetriou (b.1993 Nicosia, Cyprus) is a multidisciplinary artist/ curator, who’s work involves performance, writing, sound and video. Her research is focused on institutional critique, critical pedagogy, collectivism and radical happiness- trying to reach a more socially engaging, collaborative and participatory practice. Emily also works as part of duo collective Panicattack, with Turkish artist/curator Naz Balkaya, which was chosen as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018. Panicattack has been curating the series of performance happenings Razzmatazz since 2015, supporting and engaging with emerging and marginalised artists.
panicattack-duo.squarespace.com

Katie Fiore (b.1993, Chatham) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work may manifest in forms including text, sound, video, photography, digital collage, readings, collaborative workshops and exchanges. Through obsessively documenting and re-assembling collected fragments of our physical and digital worlds, she aims to excavate the in-between spaces and the margins that give way for resistance and love. She is drawn to the cracks and tears, the familiar out of joint, borders and portals, language and iconography, echo and haze, and ghosts of the future. Katie joined Crate’s programming team in 2019 and will be running the in house exhibition programme aimed at developing curatorial skills within team.
katiefiore.co.uk
 
Ty Locke experiments with everyday objects, mostly in a light-hearted, playful manner, changing them slightly to remove their familiarity. Within his practice he explores different types of tedious processes, setting himself mundane rules to follow to create absurd, dysfunctional objects. He uses what’s to hand to create and impose processes onto familiar reference points. Ty Was a recipient of the UCA-Crate Graduate award in 2018 and will be leading on our UCA partnership over the course of the year. He will also be having a solo show during the
Year, in preparation for his MA next year.
www.tylocke.com
 
Rosalind Russell’s research focuses on the queer posthuman body and our physical connection to technology, non-human bodies and queer futurity. Working with film she creates movement pieces which display themes around queer phenomenology, sexuality and non-linear time. She makes work because she is interested in digital philosophy and how our human bodies are connected to technology which is inherently linked to sexuality. As an artist she prioritises collaboration and working with queer performers. Rosalind joined Crate in 2019 and will be leading the CPD programme.
 
Mel Wheeler is an artist and alumnus of Open School East. Melanie is an artist and curator with a multidisciplinary research based practice that focuses on using art as a means for encouraging community engagement and experimenting with; alternative pedagogies, fiction writing, sound, installation and curation. Mel joined Crate’s programming team in 2019 and will be leading on future residency programmes.
melaniewheeler.land

Jake Wood is  an artist currently studying in his first year at UCA Canterbury (BA fine art). Previous to this he undertook a two year Extended Diploma Course at UCA Rochester and was nominated for the UAL Origins Award to be shown in London. Jake joined the Crate programming team in 2019.

House Meeting

Special dates for your diary:

Two open discussions about the sustainability of being an artist.
Come and join us: 6:30pm, Thursday & Wednesday 6 & 12 June 2018 
Private View: 7pm, Saturday 15 June 2018

House Meeting is an exhibition & series of conversations that will present the work of the Crate Programming team 2019-2020, and begin to open up some of the questions that will be explored throughout the upcoming programme.

As programmers, the exhibition will not only present all of the artists’ individual and diverse practices, but will also provide an opportunity to question what it means to be an artist-curator, and how organising can be a key part of artist practice today. The show itself will be an experiment in curation, actively shifting and changing throughout the exhibition period.

‘House Meetings’ will take place at set times within the show, providing space for the team and members of the public to gather, chat, and discuss some of the issues facing artists today.

Together we will discuss: How do we continue to sustain a meaningful practice in times of precarity? What are the barriers to creativity? What is a sustainable practice? How do we make/produce? What is the function of the arts space in the community? How can we utilise our research and practice in a way that will benefit wider society? What does it mean to collaborate and why is working together important? How can we work together to create a caring and supportive network?

Crate’s newly expanded programming team are focused on experimenting with collaboration, taking risks that push the boundaries of artistic practices and enabling space for research without the pressure of prescribed outcomes. We are committed to strengthening our output, audience and working spaces beyond traditional exhibition platforms, and engaging with the public and private spaces that surround us.

Artists exhibiting are: Steven Alan, Gema de Castro, Katie Fiore, Ty Locke, Jo Murray, Rosalind Russell, Melanie Wheeler, Jake Wood

About the artists:

Steven Alan is a photographer and zine-maker from Margate, Kent. He studied photography at Canterbury Christ Church University in Broadstairs and is currently working as a freelance artist, self-publishing his work, organizing and curating exhibitions, events and workshops in and around the South East of England. Steven joined Crate’s programming team in 2019 and will be leading on Crate’s forthcoming ‘zine fair, publications and anthologies

Gema de Castro (born in Toledo, Spain) is an independent curator based in UK. She studied MA Curatorial Practice at the UCA (Canterbury, UK) 2018, BA in Humanities 2016 & Diploma in Education Modern Foreign Language 2012, (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo-Spain) Illustration and Graphic Design 2006 (School of Arts, Toledo-Spain).

Emily Demetriou (b.1993 Nicosia, Cyprus) is a multidisciplinary artist/ curator, who’s work involves performance, writing, sound and video. Her research is focused on institutional critique, critical pedagogy, collectivism and radical happiness- trying to reach a more socially engaging, collaborative and participatory practice. Emily also works as part of duo collective Panicattack, with Turkish artist/curator Naz Balkaya, which was chosen as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018. Panicattack has been curating the series of performance happenings Razzmatazz since 2015, supporting and engaging with emerging and marginalised artists.

Katie Fiore (b.1993, Chatham) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work may manifest in forms including text, sound, video, photography, digital collage, readings, collaborative workshops and exchanges. Through obsessively documenting and re-assembling collected fragments of our physical and digital worlds, she aims to excavate the in-between spaces and the margins that give way for resistance and love. She is drawn to the cracks and tears, the familiar out of joint, borders and portals, language and iconography, echo and haze, and ghosts of the future. Katie joined Crate’s programming team in 2019 and will be running the in house exhibition programme aimed at developing curatorial skills within team.

 
Ty Locke experiments with everyday objects, mostly in a light-hearted, playful manner, changing them slightly to remove their familiarity. Within his practice he explores different types of tedious processes, setting himself mundane rules to follow to create absurd, dysfunctional objects. He uses what’s to hand to create and impose processes onto familiar reference points. Ty Was a recipient of the UCA-Crate Graduate award in 2018 and will be leading on our UCA partnership over the course of the year. He will also be having a solo show during the
Year, in preparation for his MA next year.

 
Rosalind Russell’s research focuses on the queer posthuman body and our physical connection to technology, non-human bodies and queer futurity. Working with film she creates movement pieces which display themes around queer phenomenology, sexuality and non-linear time. She makes work because she is interested in digital philosophy and how our human bodies are connected to technology which is inherently linked to sexuality. As an artist she prioritises collaboration and working with queer performers. Rosalind joined Crate in 2019 and will be leading the CPD programme.
 
Mel Wheeler is an artist and alumnus of Open School East. Melanie is an artist and curator with a multidisciplinary research based practice that focuses on using art as a means for encouraging community engagement and experimenting with; alternative pedagogies, fiction writing, sound, installation and curation. Mel joined Crate’s programming team in 2019 and will be leading on future residency programmes.

Jake Wood is  an artist currently st currently studying in his first year at UCA Canterbury (BA fine art). Previous to this he undertook a two year Extended Diploma Course at UCA Rochester and was nominated for the UAL Origins Award to be shown in London. Jake joined the Crate programming team in 2019.

£5 Sandwich

Greg de Pulford, Ed Holden & Admire Ncube

Open: Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm (or by appointment), 13 & 14 April 2019
Preview: 7-9pm, Friday 12 April 2019

An exhibition about consumerism, subvertising and social subtext. An attempt to remove the rose tinted glasses and reveal something under the layer.

CPD Social Media and Marketing session for Artists

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Join Katie Hogben, Press and Marketing Assistant at Turner Contemporary, for a session on how to make the most of your social media accounts as an artist. During the second half of the session you will have the opportunity for a quick 1-2-1 session with Katie to receive personal recommendations regarding your artist social media channels.

Thursday 14 March 2019 11am-12pm,

Please RSVP so we can get a sense of numbers.

Water Garden Screening

Open: 7:30-9pm, 9 March 2019

As part of Water Garden, Well Projects are organising a screening of carefully selected shorts to accompany their aquatic theme.
Free to all to attend. 

Featured shorts:

Strange Fish - Steven Subotnick (2017)
An animated meditation on blind evolution.

Homo Ciris - Jana Mináriková (2013)
A loving look at the story of an old man who devoted his life to aquarium fish.

Floodtide - Alana Barnett (2018)
An exploration of the turbulent balance of power between humanity and sea.

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Image: Kenneth Anger, Eau d'Artifice, 1953 (still)

Well Projects: WATER GARDEN

Kenneth Anger, Eau d'Artifice (1953).

Open: Friday 1-Saturday 30 March 2019. (See below for opening times.)
Private view: Friday 22 March 6-9pm ()
 

Events:
of Floodtide, Homo Ciris & Strange Fish: Saturday 9 March 7:30-9pm
Reading by George Harding, Sunday 17 March 3-4pm

 
Water Garden is a month long residency-and-exhibition by Margate-based artist collective Well Projects. 

During March 2019 they will be based in Crate's temporary project space, producing a new site-specific work that uses architectural devices to forge connections to their continued investigation of water, volumetrics, and submergence.

Well Projects will update the Crate website and social media feeds weekly with works in progress, installed pieces and research. Following the residency an editioned book is due to be published.

To make an appointment please email:

Project opening times: 

About the Artists

Well Projects is an artist-led organisation that operates as an events and gallery space and supports a public programme. Inhabiting a shop-front in Margate, Well Projects looks to the water well for direction; as an interstice in a location, as a reservoir and as a place to gather. Operating alongside Well Projects is Well Press - a risograph print studio and open source archive. Together they support the presentation and sharing of high quality art and research that showcases a diversity of creative positions within the arts, science, politics, economy, geography and ecology.

Well Projects is organised by Kris Lock, George Harding, Emily Whitebread, Harriet Pierce & Sean Goldring.

Well Projects is compiling a mailing list for exhibitions, events and opportunities - please subscribe .

Image: Kenneth Anger, Eau d'Artifice, 1953 (still)

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