Crate Conversations: PASS IT ON - The Mapping Margate version

George Harding, William Hughes, Jay Rechsteiner, Sue Rumsey, Jo Ursell, Emily Whitebread 

Open for one night only: 6pm-9pm,Thursday 30 August 2018

Join us for the third installment of Crate Conversations:Pass it on.
We have asked six artists to respond to the artwork in Mapping Margate, the August group show at Crate. Those artists have then responded to each other's response -an artists' version of chinese whispers.
See the result on Thursday night 30 August, for one night only.

Artists taking part:


Sue Rumsey 



Open: 12-4pm, Friday 14 September-Sunday 30 September, 2018
Preview:6-8pm, Friday 14 September, 2018

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 practiced 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.

s part of this exhibition there will be a Crate Conversations session on Wednesday 27th September at 7pm.

The exhibition was funded by the Arts Council, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Crate.

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 and is a disabled artist.  She studied at Central Saint Martins' School of Art and Design. Lizzy Rose was part of artist-led space, LIMBO arts in Margate from 2012-15 and now is part of the programming team at CRATE, an artist-led studio space and project space in Margate, Kent and she is Associate at Open School East.




Open: 12-4pm, 17 - 27 August, 2018
Preview: 6-9pm, Friday 17 August, 2018

CRATE's annual summer group show  is called Mapping Margate. The chosen artists have been asked to respond to T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land
Below is information on the works included in the show:

Alex Currie 
Alex Currie is a Uk based contemporary landscape photographer who graduated from Brighton University in 2007. His photographic practice is concerned with exploring and documenting urban and industrial environments. As well as his solo work he is a founder member of the ‘Human Endeavour’ Photographic collective.

His main project will be ‘The Motorway Service Station As A Destination In Its Own Right’ and his second project is about his mother called ‘Death Is The Only Answer’.

Mark Downing
Mark Downing is a local artist and businessman who ran “I Scream and Rock” in the High Street, “Punk on $ea”, and co-ran “Mojo” in Dane Hill. His artistic output is prolific and varied and includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, readymades, posters, and fashion. Punk had a major impact on his attitude to life and he cites Francis Bacon, George Melly, Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas and The Clash as influences on his artistic practice.

Mark is showing his "Flowers" series. His paintings are inspired by the landscape of urban Margate where flowers have bloomed in wasteland areas. 

Stacey Guthrie
Stacey Guthrie explores the subversion of domestic expectations, compulsion and hysteria and has chosen to respond to the section of the poem that refers to Madame Sosostris and her ‘wicked deck of cards’. Named ‘Madame Domovoi’s Wheel of Fortune’ the work alludes to the Domovoi; a domestic deity in Slavic Mythology which was said to live under the stove. It will be an interactive piece which will allow visitors to discover their own fortune and that of others.

“I make art so I don’t kill my family”.
Stacey Guthrie lives and works in West Cornwall. Her work explores gender stereotypes and the ludicrous expectations placed on women to be innately expert homemakers. Utilising comedy and surrealism she creates a liminal space in which we can witness the effects of repeated drudgery and the creativity that can spring up when breaking point is reached.

Anna Katarzyna Domejko
Anna katarzyna Domejko is proposing to intercept the project space with proliferated shapes inhabiting the corners and edges.The work is a reference to the layered voices, the chopping up, and the collage cut up nature of The Waste Land. The paintings will creep across the gallery interrupting and breaking up the space.

Anna Katarzyna Domejko is a Lodz born artist currently residing in Birmingham. Her practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Her work is primarily monochrome and is preoccupied with odd placements of shapes and materials, faces merging and drifting out towards you, and allusions to primordial happenings or tales.

Heather Tait
Heather Tait is proposing a photographic series called “Walking the Dog”. The work juxtaposes idyllic, generic landscape photos with titles and text that alludes to the dogging activities that occur there. The text is taken from local forums that act as a guide to those wishing to partake.

T.S Eliot talks a lot about loveless sex and lust in The Waste Land. For him it’s a metaphor for how empty, alienating and disconnected society has become.

Heather is a local artist and photographer. She is interested in social and political discourse, and has regularly returned to exploring the relationship between Image and Text.

Pavilion’s ‘Lost River’ addresses the watercourse of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. The installation describes a semi-fictional subterranean slice through infrastructural architecture that fantasises a leisure space out of the London sewer network.

Alongside the archaeological section is a display of iron shanks, which appear like the shard extrusions of industrial rubbish.
Pavilion is the collaborative practice of duo Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch, based in London. Their work considers and re-frames the space that objects, people and artworks are seen within. Pavilion creates architectures for the gallery which operate simultaneously as installation and display devices for other art works.




Public Preview: 6-8pm, Friday 27 July, 2018
Project Space Open: 11-6pm, Saturday 28 & 12-4pm, Sunday 29 July, 2018

Crate presents MR. SANDMAN, an exhibition by UCA graduates Kaushikee Gupta, Uli Jaeger and Ty Locke.

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.

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Crate Conversations: DOMINO

Jo Murray, Jay Rechsteiner, Heather Tait, Matthew Holter, Matthew de Pulford, Maud Whatley, David Vargas Ty Locke, Moyra Derby, Uli Jaeger, Sara Trillo, Faye Glen, Jack Lavender, Frankie Brown, Clarissa Beveridge, Janine Weger, Liene Steinberga Cesar, Coral Brookes, Kaushikee Gupta. 

Open for one night only: 6-9pm, Monday 23 July, 2018

Crate Conversations presents DOMINO.

This month's Conversation is led by UCA graduates Uli Jaeger, Ty Locke and Kaushikee Gupta. 

The idea is to have a rolling conversation. Their DOMINO word list, is a simultaneous and spontaneous response to the Crate Project Space. This word list has been sent to 8 artists, who have been asked to sent it on to 3 more artists. Artists will respond and the work will be shown in the Project Space on Monday 23rd July, 6pm-9pm.



UCA and CRATE Graduate Award 2018

The winners of Crate Graduate Award 2018 announced!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Crate Graduate Award Uli Jaeger, Ty Locke and Kaushikee Gupta.

They will be using the Crate's project space as their studio from the 4th of July. They will be developing new work which will then be exhibited in the same space at the end of the month.

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 in Canterbury. #CRATEGRAD18

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Meet the Grads:-


Uli Jaeger
Uli has discovered the freedom and joy of working as an artist later in life. Her practice can be summarised by Jürgen Tillmans’ statement: If one thing matters, everything matters. Materiality matters just as much as space. Uli works with found objects and often collaborates with and in a given space. She is interested in the notion of chance, not knowing, and play. Her work is about the ongoing negotiation between the everyday and art: where do the two meet, where do they overlap? She is based at LIMBO, an artist-led studio and project space in Margate.

"My work is often space related, so I look forward to what will happen once I’m physically in the Crate space. I intend to carry on working with fabric and resin, a continuation from the last few months. A small but growing collection of used clothing will serve as initial material to experiment further. There are 2 trains of thoughts in connections with clothes which I would like to explore more:

  • the complicated movements we humans have to do in order to put on or take off clothes; especially children, ill or older people who find it cumbersome to get dressed without any assistance! Considering the various openings we have to push our extremities through leads me to imagine…
  • …that we can use these openings – when transformed by an agent such as resin – as implements to look through (as used during the Whitstable Biennale 2018 Satellite programme.)


Ty Locke
Ty Locke is a practicing artist that has been consistently interested in light-hearted, playful sculpture that pushes the boundaries of absurdity. He had a part time job in a children’s play centre, ‘The Big Fun House’, where, ironically, he spent most of his time engaged in tedious and mundane tasks. He explored this within his practice using monotonous processes, setting himself rules to follow, and committing to his irrationality to create absurd, dysfunctional objects. For example, ‘Untitled (109 rolls of tape)’ 2018 was developed after having the idea to buy all the tape he could find (109 rolls) and then continually rolled tape, to tape, to tape, which resulted in making a ridiculous reel of tape that was 109 reels long (6540 meters). He uses what’s to hand to create and impose processes onto familiar reference points. Ty recently graduated from UCA Canterbury and will be pursuing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, after a year in Margate.
"During the Crate Graduate Award, I intend to develop my practice in a different context than it has been done before, out of the university environment. I will use the space and opportunity to carry on finding materials and objects to develop absurd, dysfunctional sculptures. Developing from the working methodologies I have established within my BA, I'm excited to work alongside professional mentors and the other graduates from UCA. Gaining professional, curatorial experience by showing the body of work in an exhibition at the end of the residency, building connections within the Margate art scene."
Instagram @tyl0cke


Kaushikee Gupta
Kaushikee Gupta is a young story teller from India. She becomes vocal with the words that bleed on paper and uses sound as a medium to explore and experiment new dimensions all together. She has a fascination for the space that sound creates, and the different memories it evokes in people. The different feelings they encounter. Of being in an art- work and not just looking at one. Immersing them into a simulated reality or fiction, or maybe an unsaid memory. A recent graduate from the University for the Creative Arts with a BA (HONS) in Fine Art and living in the United Kingdom; she is looking forward to her Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art this fall. She believes that art does not capture, and replicate a given subject’s experience of the event but draws bodies into sensations not yet experienced. She wants to create those experiences for the audience and the masses through her text and sound installations.  

"The Crate Grad Award is an amazing opportunity for me to carry on experimenting with my practice of text and sound scape installations and indulge on more simulated spaces through my narratives. I would try and achieve a more refined large scale narrative to be able to go beyond the context of a structured space and to create a scape through my text and sound. I would really want to be able to play with binaural sound technologies and immerse my viewers into a simulated or fictional reality. When I write I often feel like a creator, it is the same when I play with sound. The urge is to create something new or maybe to discover something that was already there. I want to invite people to be a part of somebody’s most intimate memories and desires, whether they feel comfortable invading my story or not."


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.

Hire fees

·        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 .





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 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:
Twitter: @crate_space