Zineb Sedir: SAPHIR

Screening and conversation.
Saturday 29 March, 6pm.
Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate.

Zineb Sedira’s twin-screen installation Saphir (2006), was filmed in the city of Algiers – its sharp, azure light illuminating parallel stories of migration and historical legacy that are embodied in the presence of the Safir hotel, a faded architectural landmark from French colonial times. In this special presentation at the Walpole Hotel in Margate, another place where fluctuating maritime light is a constant feature, and whose recent history has also been informed by patterns of migration and architectural change, Sedira will show Saphir, and a new work, Guiding Light (2014), inspired by J.M.W. Turner.

After the screening, she will be in conversation with the critic, Lucy Reynolds. This event is a collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella and Crate, and takes place as part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, 25 Frames. To join a walking party to The Walpole Hotel for Sedira’s screening, meet outside Turner Contemporary at 5pm to be taken on the short walk along the coastal cliffs. The hotel is a 15/20 minute walk from the town centre or a five minute cab ride.

The Walpole Bay Hotel. Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. CT9 2JJ

For further information contact

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUP? opening fri 28th feb

Collaborative Research Group (CRG) is an 18-month programme, which brings together six arts practitioners who are interested in collaborative working and the pluralities of contemporary visual arts practice. Functioning as both a complimentary and alternative form of higher arts education, CRG operates through an open and discursive approach to research-led working. CRG is made up of Áine Belton, Dom Elsner, Louisa Love, Alex Parry, Trish Scott and Charley Vines. It is founded and co-ordinated by artist and curator Toby Huddlestone. For more information at

Charley Vines - Cheap Thrills - Opening Friday 31st Jan

PREVIEW: FRI 31 JAN. 18:00 – 20:00 There is something rewarding in existing, and producing, cheaply. Everybody loves a bargain. Using site as subject, Cheap Thrills come out of the repetitions, observations and habits of the studio and its locale. Both pedestrian and familiar, a study of these day-to-day rhythms also presents the opportunity to see the minutia, perhaps even the exotic. The paintings show attempts to refine and reduce, refine and expand.They are frustrated and indulgent – a little playful. Experimental objects suggest tongue-in-cheek value. Spinning disco-teeth, dancing boots - they activate the paintings, reminding them to reject the constraints of their medium. Cheap Thrills is an exercise in the processes leading towards an exhibition. The processes of experiencing and deconstructing the subject. The processes of painting towards an end.

RAYZON DETRA closing party Sat 18th Jan 2014

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Micheal Crowe: RAYZON DETRA (ON ROMANCE)

Preview 15 November, 2013. 18.00 - 21.00
Open 16 November 2013 - 12 January 2014, Friday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm 

CRATE is pleased to present Razyon Detra (on romance), an exhibition of new work by Michael Crowe across Crate's project spaces and outdoor sites in Margate.

Romance can be reasonably thought of as unfashionable, twee, clichéd, anti-erotic and unrealistic in today's irony soaked world. Rayzon Detra offers a wealth of alternatives intended to breathe wild-eyed new life into this droopy genre, via texts, video, animation, survey, land art, publications and sculpture. Michael Jackson, distant planets, seeds, delicious litter, lies, unwanted sports gifts, Timmy Mallet and French New Wave all distort and melt in this contemporary swoon.

About the artist:

Michael is a writer and an artist. His large scale project, “Mysterious Letters” involves writing handwritten letters to everyone in the world (including you and everyone you’ll ever meet) with Lenka Clayton. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at FRAC, Paris; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Simultanhalle, Germany. He has given talks at various venues including the BFI and the New Museum, NY and his work has been featured in Time magazine, BBC, the New Yorker, the Smithsonian and Frieze.

For more information contact curator Sacha Waldron

Small, Unusual & Specialist Museums Survey

August 23 - October 11, 2013

Halloween at CRATE 31st Oct 2013

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The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock

CRATE/CRG HALLOWEEN 4D CINEMA EXPERIENCE

Join us this Halloween for a cinema experience like no other. We present the best in
SMELL-o-vision, FEEL-o-vision, SMOKE-o-vision, PROJECT-o-vision

Scared of the monsterous murder gulls that stalk the streets of Margate with bloodied beaks and eyes of death? ......after this evening you will be.

Screening: 31st October. 8pm (Free)
Followed by drinks and scary sushi. Fancy dress optional but recommended.

For further information on the programme contact CRATE Curator Sacha Waldron:

CRG is Crate's Collaborative Research Group, an alternative internship programme developed with UCA.

Benedict Drew - The Concha Institute : 4 - 11 Oct

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CRATE hosted the Davis Lisboa Mini Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona. The last show was The Concha Institute by Benedict Drew which ran until 11 Oct. > Bill Burns, Hou Hanru Hear Us > Betts Robinson, Magical Crystal Garden > Andy Warhol, Shirt/Television > Bridgette Ashton, Margate Subterranea > Clawson & Ward, Overdubbed Scenes > Benedict Drew, The Concha Institute

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The Small, Unusual and Specialist Museums Survey engages with small, unusual and specialist museums across Europe, and hosted seven miniature exhibitions at CRATE over Aug/Sep/Oct 2013: Open Fri - Sun 12.00 - 6:00pm and by appointment contact for further information

Clawson & Ward - Over Dubbed Scenes Sept 2013

Created in response to the Davis Museum’s format of display, Overdubbed Scenes hints at the malleable nature of museum collections. This malleability refers to the continuous re-contextualisation of an exhibit or archive. During this translation, the archive’s content is susceptible to a range of influences including; public opinion, capital and changes to the political landscape. Applying the methods used to re-animate and promote a collection, Anna Clawson and Nicole Ward directly refer to low-fi products produced solely for disposable merchandising. Incorporating the crop editing tool, the artists use a single snapshot* to provide the backdrop to Overdubbed Scenes. * Scene captured by the artists in front of the Soviet commissioned Ninth Fort Memorial to the Holocaust, Kaunas, Lithuania 2013.

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Bridgette Ashton- Margate Subterranea SEPT 2013

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FRIDAY SEP 20 – THURSDAY SEP 26 2013 A new exhibition and walk by South-West based artist, Bridgette Ashton. The project is a new commission and a continuation of Ashton's series of Margate works originally launched at Turner Contemporary in 2011. Margate Subterranea looks specifically at three underground ‘attractions’ in Margate: The Vortigern Caves, the Clifton Baths Estate and the Shell Grotto. Ashton’s work looks at places and narratives, sometimes real and at other times invented. The pieces presented at CRATE survey ideas surrounding redundant or overlooked sites, objects and archives. They celebrate the paradox of the replica as visitor attraction and the nostalgia that surrounds it.

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