CRATE's Project Space is available to artists, artist groups, students and arts organisations to hire as exhibition space, short term studio or laboratory space for testing work.
The project space is equipped, on request, with a digital projector. The building has Wi-Fi and good level access. There is no parking on site but there is vehicle access for deliveries.
Temporary Project Space - 2019
16.1 m sq
2019 is a transitional year for Crate. We are increasing our studio provision at our building in Bilton Square, and relocating our project space within the building. We have ambitions to create a new bespoke space by the end of the year. In the meantime we are temporarily using our ground floor studio as a project space for our programme and for hire.
The space is fully accessible from the front of the building and has double doors.
CRATE aims to give artists access to affordable space and resources. Project space use needs to reflect Crate's aims of supporting contemporary fine art practice and research. Projects with a public outcome and audience will need to submit a project proposal.
· INDIVIDUALS - £25 per day and £80 per week
· STUDENTS - £18 per day and £60 per week
· ORGANISATIONS - £75 per day and £240 per week
To hire the space, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCA & CRATE GRADUATE AWARD 2018
4th July - 4th August, 2018
CRATE is offering three graduates from BA Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury the use of its project space as part of a one month residency. The award offers 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 three graduates who have been offered this opportunity this year are:
Ty Locke - 'I experiment with everyday objects ad alter them slightly in a way to create defamiliarisation, mostly in a light hearted, playful manner'
Uli Jaeger - 'I play and let chance play with me. The work is about the ongoing negotiation of luminal space between the everyday and art: where do the two meet or overlap?'
Kaushikee Gupta - 'I create soundscapes of things I feel, and moments I envision and of places I have never been. I write and read and write again'
Please watch this space for updates about their residency and for information about public outcomes.
Crate Conversations: PASS IT ON
Jo Murray, Heather Tait, Sara Trillo, Jay Rechsteiner, Dipesh Pandya.
Open for one night only: 6-9pm, Sunday 24 June 2018
CRATE Conversations presents Pass It On
Here are the Rules.
(1) I will send you a Quote from T.S.Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’.
(2) You will produce an artistic response to it.
(3) Send that response to an email address that I will give you.
(4) You will receive someone else’s artwork.
(5) Now respond to that.
(6) This will happen 5 times.
(7) We will install the work on Sunday 24th June 2018 and open it up to the public from 6-9pm.
(8) Are you coming?
CRATE CURATORIAL OPEN
CRATE is inviting proposals from artists and curators to research, test and create a new curatorial project using Crate’s project space for a four week period between 17th October and 14th November. All proposals must have a strong public outcome and include a Crate Conversations session.
A fee of £1000 will be awarded to the chosen applicant, there will be a production budget of £1,450, travel and accommodation will be funded up to £900. Crate will provide promotional and technical support.
Crate is an artist-led organisation supporting fine artists’ research and practice. Crate aims to embed research culture in arts practice creating activities that support critical discourse, artist development, building capacity, sustaining networks and strengthening local community relationships.
Crate provides affordable studios and project space for visual artists offering a high quality program to encourage research, experimentation and collaboration in a professional and supportive environment promoting critical debate, the exchange and testing of ideas without prescribed outcomes.
Set up in 2013 now with six full time studio members, two project spaces staging over 60 successful critically challenging projects, exhibitions and awards e.g Jeremy Deller and Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale events and La Plate-Forme Dunkerque exchange programme. We host a broad range of practitioners at different levels of their careers and have a track record of achieving excellence and recognition in their particular practice fields gaining critical recognition, winning regular commissions in the public realm, museums and galleries, undertaking residencies, working with community groups acting locally, nationally and internationally partnering with UCA Canterbury, FRAC and Art Connexion, Lille amongst others.
A new curatorial group has been established that will be responsible for creating a new programme ensuring that the high quality output is maintained alongside opportunities for meaningful engagement offering welcoming and generous opportunities for public engagement demystifying the arts whilst remaining critically challenging. Crate is a prime example of the burgeoning creative art cluster in Margate increasing cultural capital and production.
Crate Conversations: a membership scheme for peer to peer dialogue between local Kent-based artists and curators. Individual artists, from the group, or that the group invites, will present and discuss their work in an informal setting.
Deadline for applications: 18th July 2018
Award announced: 1st August 2018
Exhibition dates: 17th-October-14th November
Solo exhibition by the applicant will not be considered as we would like to see connections being made with other artists; the exhibition can include work made by the applicant.
We would like to see a strong research question or thematic idea
There must be a public outcome, ideally an exhibition with accompanying events
Applications by collectives will be considered but the Artist’s fee is fixed and would have to be split.
You must be present to install and deinstall the exhibition as well as run any events
Things to consider:
What will the public outcome be and what will be achieved by this?
Who is your audience and how will you engage with them?
How will your process be documented?
An estimated budget or idea of where the production budget will be spent
How this opportunity will benefit your practice
What relevant experience you have had that will help you deliver the project
Please send a CV (1 side of A4 max), an introduction to your curatorial practice/approach and a proposal outlining your program and its intended outcomes (2 sides of A4 plus images / supporting material).
Please download the attached monitoring form and send to the email address below
Crate contact info:
EXHIBITION OF THREE AUDIENCES
Curated by Gema De Castro Santos
11th-13th May 2018
Opening Times: Saturday 12 May, 1-5pm & Sunday 13 May, 1-4pm
Private View: Friday 11 May, 5-8pm
Chon, Xiao, and Bingzu are Chinese graduates who studied Fine Art and MA photography at University of Creative Arts, in Canterbury and Rochester 2016-17. Gema De Castro Santos curates this show where the artists have been involved in a process of abstracting their past work to create new work. The brief has asked them to consider their mistakes and conceptual misunderstandings of the past, and re-incorporate these knowingly into fresh works, thus re-examing their past, and misdirecting their present and future. As a final touch they have reviewed each others work, and re-reproduced their works with their peers judgement in mind. They aim to raise The Spiritual Core of the original works through reflection and resurrection.
Time . Communication . Transformation
JOURNEYS WITH ‘THE WASTE LAND’ at Crate
Open: 21 April – 7 May, 2018
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 4pm
Become a curator at CRATE, where you can select and make artworks, creating your own alternative version of Turner Contemporary's exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’.
Experiment with a selection of artworks responding to T .S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land, or make your own artworks in situ for inclusion in the show.
Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ is a pioneering curatorial project in which members of the public were invited to form a ‘research group’, which over the course of three years determined the shape and content of the exhibition (open until 7 May 2018). Consequently the exhibition is the result of the many months the group have spent discussing personal connections between art, poetry and life.
This project at CRATE is hosted by members of the Waste Land Research Group, along with with artists, researchers and writers who all have connections with The Waste Land. All materials, a printer and an artwork table will be provided to make work. Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ at CRATE explores the limitless possibilities available when making an exhibition.
Watch the film about the making of Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ here.
Many Thanks to Turner Contemporary, Research Curator Trish Scott, The Waste Land Research Group, Ruth E Rollason, UCA Artist in Residence and Ian Bottle, UCA Lecturer.
Supported by Grants for the Arts
THE WASTE LAND SALON
Open: Saturday 10th March – Sunday 1st April 2018
Opening hours: Saturday - Sunday 12noon-4pm
Throughout 2017 artists and members of the community around South-East Kent met to explore The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, experimenting with their artist practice through a series of off-site workshops.
Participating artists are presenting this work at CRATE in The Waste Land Salon.
Events at CRATE:
Performance with Jo Murray
Saturday 10th March
Performance with Julia Riddiough
Sunday 11th March
Discussions early Avant-Garde film with Analogue Ensemble
Saturday 17th March
CRATE Conversations with The Waste Land Salon Artists
Saturday 31st March
Performance with Martin Tanton
Sunday 1st April
Image: Still from (433 lines with notes interrupting) A test dance with Disney // the insertion of a metasystem, Nicholas Mortimer, 2017.
UCA CANTERBURY ARTIST BOOK PROJECT
at CRATE and Turner Contemporary, with workshops at CRATE and other locations.
Open at CRATE: Friday 3rd February – Sunday 4th March 2018
Private view : 6 - 9pm, Saturday 3rd February 2018 with The Waste Land read by Dr Ian Jones
Opening hours: Friday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm
Also on view at Turner Contemporary Clore Studio
Visit: 3rd – 4th & 24th - 25th February & 4th March – 7th May 2018
Details of workshops below
Staff and students from UCA Canterbury will be using the artist book as a means of exploring themes located within The Waste Land, the poem by T.S. Eliot written partly in Margate. The project is an artwork and mobile bookcase in one, populated with books, zines, pamphlets to sculptural objects.
Part of the CRATE spring 2018 program running alongside Journeys with 'The Waste Land’at Turner Contemporary.
A free public program of events will be open to all and free to attend.
CRATE will become a curatorial space where books made during the research period for ‘Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ will be put into context with other experimental works being created by the staff and students in response to the poem and will link with events to be hosted at UCA Canterbury (details to follow). This series of workshops at CRATE during the four-week period from 3 February – 4 March 2018 will show ways of experimenting using artist book making, as a means of interpreting the poem.
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February, 12 noon - 4pm
Screen print workshop creating an installation from screen prints onto Cardboard boxes with Rob McDonald UCA Lecturer
Multi-Media event and Artist Books Gad About Margate
with Ian Bottle, UCA lecturer, & UCA students. (locations to be announced)
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February 2018, 12 noon - 4pm
Presenting artist books along with projection, performance and installation
A heap of broken images Closing event
Saturday 3rd March, 12 noon – 4pm
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot read by Dr Ian Jones
The presentation of new material generated through the ‘Different Voices’ UCA project by Staff and Students and members of the public participating in workshops.
Image: Artist Book; Ian Bottle (Photograph Rob MacDonald 2018)
CRATE SPRING PROGRAMME 2018
Three new projects and collaborations with UCA Canterbury Kent, the independent artist group 'The Waste Land Salon' from South East Kent and The Waste Land Research Group with Turner Contemporary.
CRATE are delighted to announce our spring 2018 projects, part of a bigger programme of events responding to T.S.Eliot's poem The Waste Land, running in parallel with the Journeys with 'The Waste Land' exhibition at Turner Contemporary from 3rd February - 7th May 2018.
Journeys with 'The Waste Land' explores the significance of The Waste Land through the visual arts; it is an innovative three-year project, bringing members of the community (The Waste Land Research Group) and Turner Contemporary together to develop and create the exhibition. The project came about because parts of the poem were written whilst Eliot was convalescing in Margate. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land sitting in the Nayland Rock shelter on Margate sands looking out to sea. The poem was published the following year, and proved to be a pivotal and influential modernist work, reflecting on the fractured world in the aftermath of the First World War as well as Eliot's own personal crisis.
Saturday 3rd February - Sunday 4th March 2018:
Different Voices: UCA Canterbury Artist Book Project
Staff and students using the artist book to explore themes located within The Waste Land.
Friday 9th March - Monday 2nd April 2018
The Waste Land Salon
Artists from South East Kent meet to explore The Waste Land.
20th April - 7th May 2018
Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at CRATE
Crate will be a fluid space where you can select artworks and create an alternative exhibition.
Kieran Rook: T E M P O R A R I L Y S I M U L A T E D
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 December 2017
Preview: Saturday 2nd December 6-9pm 2017
Open: Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 12-6pm 2017
Temporarily Simulated, the new work by artist Kieran Rook exists somewhere between a disturbing truth and a restless dream; an investigation into the distortion of human experience created vicariously through different platforms of engagement. This piece acts as a visual and audible metaphor tracing a course through turbulent, virtual and perhaps ideological times. The nature of this project also lends itself to the ongoing dichotomy between the mediums of painting and sculpture, as well as being a mechanism of reflection – visual and cognitive – particularly the various displays of geometric forms that are activated and experienced by the viewer in situ.
Kieran Rook is a UK based multidisciplinary artist who specialises in large scale installations, sculpture, painting, and sound art. Recently exhibited at Turner Contemporary, Margate for the Platform Award 2017 and also taking part in Optic Illusions at Brewery Tap UCA project space alongside the Folkestone Triennial 2017.
Temporarily Simulated is the solo exhibition by the winner of the UCA Crate graduate award 2017, Kieran Rook. Crate, in partnership with UCA Canterbury, offers fine art graduates a place of research, production and display with mentoring sessions to realise a public outcome. This award provides time, space and support to develop new work, seen as a bridge between education and self-directed practice.