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.
Laura Fitzgerald, Phil Illingworth, Jay Rechsteiner, Kyung Hwa Shon: THE SHIPS ARE ALWAYS THERE
Laura Fitzgerald, Phil Illingworth, Jay Rechsteiner, Kyung Hwa Shon
Curated by Chiara Williams
Open: Saturday 19th – Monday 28th August
Preview: Friday 18th August 6 - 9pm
Opening times: 11am - 5pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday
New works by four international artists are brought together in an exhibition that allows for a contemplative convergence of perspectives; trajectories and courses overlap, brief encounters are made, vanishing points are vague, horizons are hazy, but, the ships are always there...
Chiara Williams is pleased to curate her second exhibition in Margate, at Crate Project Space. Chiara has worked for some years with each of the four artists in this exhibition, and was keen to draw their disparate practices together under a common theme whilst uncompromisingly showcasing their newest works.
The title of the show arose from an exclamation made on a daily dog walk along Margate’s beaches, ‘the ships are always there!?’, an incredulous response to the seemingly static horizon line of ships, day in, day out; an observation that gave pause for reflection on ideas of quiet permanence versus irrefutable transience, of constancy versus change.
The works in this exhibition invite us to consider the common anchor points in our lives, who are those people, places or objects that unite us, where do our perspectives converge, our trajectories overlap, and to what extend do we take comfort in repeating, meditating upon or ritualising those blips on our radar.
TOUCHING THE VOID: WHEN THE PHYSICAL COLLIDES WITH THE VIRTUAL
John Butler, Clay Gold, Katie Hare, Matthew Humphreys, Claire Manning, Nicholas Mortimer, Liv Pennington, Mildred Rambaud
Open : Saturday 8th July - Sunday 6th August 2017
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
COME ON, CRAIG, GET UP / … IT DOESN'T MOVE AT ALL, IT'S FROZEN IN SPACE
Saturday April 8, 2017, 2-6pm
A collaboration between Jack Lavender and Matthew de Pulford.
With works, performances and instructions from:
Catriona Clayson, Helena de Pulford, James Howard, Nicholas Mortimer, Trish Scott,
With thanks to Scott King and Jeremy Deller