Open Call Work and Art: How Artists Make A Living [working title]

Work and Art: How Artists Make A Living is a symposium questioning and examining the multiple ways in which artists, curators and writers sustain themselves economically. Very few artists work solely as artists and this symposium will focus on the variety of ways in which artists supplement their incomes, looking at the relationship between economic activity and creative output. The symposium provides a space for considering the backstage aspects of being an artist/arts practitioner, considering the various ways in which artists earn money or labour (as non-artists) to support their artistic careers, and what it means for artists to occupy these multiple roles in society. The event is organised by Collaborative Research Group, a post-academic programme supported by CRATE Studio and Project Space in Margate and University for the Creative Arts Canterbury, focusing on the practicalities and pluralities of contemporary visual arts practice.

Collaborative Research Group are seeking contributions for the symposium in the form of papers, presentations, art-works, videos/screenings, demonstrations, workshops, performances and interventions that address the practical, ethical, social and/or political dimensions of different strategies currently used by arts practitioners to make money. We are seeking contributions from artists, curators, directors, writers, researchers, organisers, tutors, teachers and other people involved in contemporary visual art. Whether you make a living working in the arts or elsewhere, we’d like to hear from you...

We are looking for a range of challenging and creative responses, which sample the breadth of current artistic economic activity, and which suggest innovative approaches to the question of how to survive as an arts practitioner. We welcome ideas which make use of both the Cragg Lecture Theatre space at UCA, as well as other potential spaces in the university (such as studios, canteen, library). We will also be running a lunchtime marketplace, where participants will be offered a free pitch in order to sell/trade their goods. This applies to those people who already do this in order to make a living, and the things you sell to be considered NOT your main artistic practice.

The symposium will be a full-day event on Thursday 26th March 2015 at UCA in Canterbury. You will be paid for your contribution to the symposium if selected. This will be decided upon when we know how many contributors will be taking part. If you are awarded a free pitch in the lunchtime marketplace, you will not be offered a fee for your contribution. Return travel to Canterbury will be reimbursed for all contributors. More information on Collaborative Research Group and our programme can be found at:

How to apply

To apply, please send us a single word or pdf document containing the following information: 1. Your name 2. Info (are you a Postgraduate Student, Curator, Artist, Lecturer etc) 3. Contact information (email, phone number) 4. Title of proposed contribution (if applicable) 5. Your abstract/proposal/outline (250 words maximum). Please indicate clearly the format (i.e. performance, paper, demonstration etc), timings, and technical requirements as part of this. 6. A 150 word bio. 7. Supporting information (web links/up to 3 embedded images.)

Please email this to by 5pm on Friday 23rd January 2015 with subject heading SYMPOSIUM. If you are interested in getting hold of a free pitch at our lunchtime marketplace, please title your email PITCH. Contributions for the symposium will be selected by Collaborative Research Group. We will notify applicants of our decisions by early February 2015 at the latest.

This project is funded by European Inter-regional Culture-led Regeneration and Kent County Council, with support from CRATE Studio and Project Space and University for the Creative Arts.

Image: Sarah Jones, 'At Risk of Falling', 2015

Jeremy Deller & Fraser Muggeridge: ENGLISH MAGIC REMIX

Exhibition opening party: 10th October 2014. 6pm-9pm 
Open: 12 - 5pm, Friday - Sunday. 10 October 2014 - 11 January 2015

CRATE is delighted to announce the opening of a collaborative show of new works by Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge.

Taking elements from Deller’s English Magic exhibition, English Magic Re-Mix is a selection of new and re-worked imagery. Conceived originally as being a celebratory way to mark the end of a touring show, English Magic Re-Mix acts as the naughty offspring of the original.

The exterior of the CRATE building (a former printworks behind Margate High Street) will be transformed with posters and viewable at all times throughout the duration of the show. English Magic Re-Mix will run concurrently with the final showcase of English Magic at , Margate (11 October 2014-11 January 2015).

Two prints will be for sale in an edition of 300 at the exhibition. 

Read curator Charley Vines in conversation ith Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge


SOUNDCRATE noise/performance/installation Oct 2nd

CRANK STURGEON performs live at CRATE.

2 Oct 19:00-22:00

 

Crank Sturgeon at Crate

Collaborative Research Group hosts Crank Sturgeon, Rob Hart & Jon Law: SOUNDCRATE

Open: 7-10pm

Collaborative Research Group members Dom Elsner and Charley Vines hosted an evening of noise, performance and installation. 

Crank Sturgeon
Crank Sturgeon has been active in performance, installation, and sound art since the early 1990's. A comical conceptualist, Crank is something of a misnomer: whether blending pun with the profane, or transforming the precious into an oil spill, a Sturgeon performance defies categorization. Accompanied by ridiculous costuming, pointed instructions and parables (gone awry), and even the occasional dirigible or two, these elements intertwine, transforming into space-defying interventions, and invariably involving audience participation. More than just possessing a predilection for the absurd, Crank wears the goggles of the perpetual optimist: infusing his processes with a classical struggle, and yet always with a leery salmon grin, awash in an undertow of delicious and celebratory noise...
http://www.cranksturgeon.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD0X1DkeHRM

Rob Hart
"Deploying amplified objects, home made electronics and deteriorating super-8 loops Rob Hart's live performances conjure delicate hypnotic states from chaos."
soundcloud.com/robhartav
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLlXgapvYU8

Jon Law
Presents his sound installation Standing Wave.
https://www.jon-law.co.uk/

         
 

Bilton Square Micro Beer Fest

CRATE's have teamed up with The Harbour Arms, Pete's Fish Factory, The Tudor House and RG Scott Furniture Mart to bring a micro beer festival to Bilton Square, Margate.

The Beer Fest is a one day event held in Bilton Square, Margate, on the 6th September 2014, and will be situated beside and supported by Crate and Limbo, whilst working as part of Turner Contemporary's Summer of Colour and Margate's Big Busk.

Margate and the rest of the Isle of Thanet has a rich history in the production of malt and barley,which would be exported both to London and the European Low Countries between the 16th and 18th century. As a pre-empt to the possible re-opening of a 16th century malt-house in Margate, the Beer Fest aims to celebrate this former provision from the Isle, whilst also providing the space in which to acknowledge the surge in popularity of ale consumption, and more broadly, the space that surrounds alcohol consumption.

There will also be an artist film preview, showing selected films chosen by Collaborative Research Group, on 5th September 2014 at The Tudor House in Margate.

The event is the last ‘First Friday’ event of the Summer of Colour, a Turner Contemporary initiative to promote the celebration of Mondrian and the collaboration between organisations in Margate and Thanet.

It will also be happening alongside The Margate Big Busk which sees a day of busking and street performance throughout Margate, based at various sites and venues, one of which will be Bilton Square.

         

STUDIO SPACE AVAILABILITY

There are no studio spaces currently available.
If you are interested in being added to our waiting list then please fill in this contact form with your details 

CRG at Whitstable Biennale 2014

31 May - 15 June 2014

For Whitstable Biennale 2014, Collaborative Research Group (CRG) created a social space within Kieren Reed’s From the Ground up, (A) Social Building, which also doubled as the Biennale’s HQ. CRG provided a context for interpreting the Biennale through participatory activity, talks, tours and other events. 

Projects:

The Public Zine Library
Date/time: Throughout WB
Where: Whitstable Biennale HQ
CRG public zine library logo

CRG are inviting visitors to contribute to an ongoing public zine that will be published on the last day of the Biennale. A library of donated zines, artist books, and comics will be available for visitors to browse through. Visitors are encouraged to add their own contribution to the public zine and be part of a unique engagement about Whitstable Biennale and the vibrant seaside town it is hosted by. Visitors are welcome to get an insight into the world of zine making via workshops by Jessica Maybury, Parade Zines and Wolfzines. They will include bookbinding, collage art, and playful photographic techniques. A variety of materials will be available in the Hub to allow visitors to make their page in the public zine.

Commission; Fiona James
Date/time: Sat 31 May 13:00-13:45
Where: The beach by the HQ
Title: The Incident, A Diagram for Whitstable
Fiona James a Diagram for Whitstable, 2014. Photo Bernard G Mills

Fiona James works predominantly as a choreographer using performance to address how explicit social structuring might allow and support alternative methods of knowledge production. She works across gallery, theatre and education.

This event will take as its starting point the enacted simulations of disaster situations that beach lifeguards use as training exercises. It will examine how attention plays out in heightened conditions where individuals are expected to think for themselves and, at the same time, to respond to the situation as a team. Functioning somewhere between a live experiment and an embodied diagram, the work will approach the performative space as a piece of active research. The presence of the audience will subtly feed into the piece, affecting how it’s read and what’s learnt from its presentation. Using exercises influenced by theatre, dance and educational training, The Incident will also look at how liveness relates to the function of memory, intentionally courting humour and happenstance along the way.

The Incident, A Diagram for Whitstable, is a co-commission by Whitstable Biennale and Collaborative Research Group.

Artist talk: The ARKA Group
Date/time: Sunday 1 June 1-2:30pm
Where: HQ (outside if weather good)

Arca Group
Ben Jeans Houghton & Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau from the ARKA Group discuss their commission for the Whitstable Biennale and their collaborative practice.

The ARKA Group is a collaboration between Ben Jeans Houghton & Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, producing films, sculptures and sound works about the stranger fringes of scientific and philosophical thought. The ARKA Group collaborates with emphatic individuals from various disciplines and institutions relevant to the subject of each new work. ARKA films often subsume and manipulate the subject specific language of the ideas they investigate through the use of fictive protagonists and narrative voiceover. Recently, The ARKA Group have been making interactive installations that dismantle cinematic ideas and methodologies; replacing moving image with audio narratives that play out in darkness, employing the viewer’s imagination as the producer of the visual element of the work.

Visit: Mental Furniture Industry
Date/time: Thursday 5 June, all day
Where: HQ


Mental Furniture Industry from Flat Time House in London visit the HQ to programme a series of small events at Whitstable Biennale.

Tour Biennale
Date/time: Saturday 7 June 1:30-4pm
Where: meet outside HQ on the beach.

CRG invite visitors on a one-off curated journey around the Whitstable Biennale via a series of commissioned walks. Participants will join artist Anna Hart for a silent walk, gather food with professional forager Michael White, speculate on property with surveyor Mike Lilford and accompany artist Trish Scott as she “reads” a street.

Providing four distinct encounters with Whitstable, Tour Biennale is a choreographed exploration of the town that seeks to navigate the spaces between the Biennale's official programme of works. Winding through the town and taking in a number of Biennale artworks the tour will start and finish at the The HQ. Participants are invited to join CRG at the end of the tour for a BBQ and drinks on the beach.

Tour Biennale will last about two and a half hours. The event is free (BBQ included) 

Zine Workshop: Jessica Maybury​
Date/time: Sat 7 June 14:00-18:00
Where: HQ

A drop-in zine workshop by Jessica Maybury allowing insight into bookbinding techniques.

CRG are inviting visitors to contribute to an ongoing public zine that will be published on the last day of the Biennale. A library of donated zines, artist books, and comics will be available for visitors to browse through. Visitors are encouraged to add their own contribution to the public zine and be part of a unique engagement about Whitstable Biennale and the vibrant seaside town it is hosted by. Visitors are welcome to get an insight into the world of zine making via workshops by Jessica Maybury, Parade Zines and Wolfzines. They will include bookbinding, collage art, and playful photographic techniques. A variety of materials will be available in the Hub to allow visitors to make their page in the public zine.

Artist talk: Bronwen Buckeridge
Date/time: Sun 8 June 12:00-13:30
Where: HQ (inside with visuals)

Artist Bronwen Buckeridge discusses her practice and commission for the Whitstable Biennale.

Bronwen Buckeridge’s audio installations are studies in how sound and memory shape our experience of place. Made for one person at a time, her work experiments with the complex dynamic of live and recorded sound in a chosen location. The acoustic environments she creates are deliberately unstable – both right now and already past, moored and itinerant, referring at once to the site where they are installed and to elsewhere.

Buckeridge originally studied Modern Languages at Manchester University and worked as a producer in digital media for a number of years before completing her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 2007. She is based in London and has exhibited at a number of venues across the UK including Studio Voltaire, FACT, Project Space Leeds and Dilston Grove and has been awarded residencies in the UK, China and the USA.

Artwork: N+1, 3’33’

Date/time: Thu 12 June 20:00-00:00
Where: outside the HQ
Title: N+1

French artist and educator Stéphane Trois Carres presents an immersive performative project where participants perform to a camera for a designated period of 3 minutes and 33 seconds. This footage is projected back into the same space while a new performance happens. This process continues, forming a layered narrative of events that have just taken place whilst there is always live performance taking place. N+1 investigates a time-based perspective of physical space and sets up a scenario whereby one can collaborate across time.

Artist talk: Kieren Reed
Date/time: Sat 14 June 13:00-14:30
Where: HQ (outside if weather good)

Kieren Reed is interested in functionality, the concepts of collaboration and the possibilities of de-authoring an artwork.

From the Ground up, (A) Social Building is a new social artwork for Whitstable Biennale 2014, creating a unique space for audiences to explore, and a point from which to pick up information about the whole festival.

Through this functional sculpture Reed is exploring the legitimacy of participatory practice and the possibilities of creating innovative learning environments within the act of building a public space. Designed and built by artist Kieren Reed with input from students at UCA Canterbury and Collaborative Research Group, the work continues Reed’s critique of craftsmanship and labour, through shared working ideals and the situation of participation.

Commission: S Mark Gubb
​Date/time: Sun 15 June 12:00-14:30 (meet 11:45 at The HQ)
Where: Bus tour, meet at HQ
Title: It all began with Richard Burton...


S Mark Gubb works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. The subjects for his work are drawn from the social and political culture he grew up in; an equal fascination with things he finds so great and so terrible about the world. This often takes the form of a re-evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and history, provoking us to consider our contribution to the world we live in.

It all began with Richard Burton… is a performance lecture taking place on a coach. Artist S Mark Gubb leads a tour through the coastal towns of east Kent, revealing a peculiarly personal relationship with the place he grew up in. Setting off from Whitstable, the tour starts in Herne Bay and gradually makes its way east through a landscape of strange connections and events,  littered with hearsay, C-list celebrities and coincidences. It’s the kind of history that exists anywhere, but one that can only be gathered over a lifetime of being somewhere.

Booking is essential and places are limited. Details of how to book can be found via .

The tour will leave from, and return to Whitstable, and will last for approx 2 and a half hours.

It all began with Richard Burton… is a co-commission by Whitstable Biennale and Collaborative Research Group.

Zine workshop: Wolfzines and Parade Zines
Date/time: Sun 15 June 14:00-18:00
Where: HQ

A drop-in zine workshop demonstrating collage art and photographic methods of zine content production.

CRG are inviting visitors to contribute to an ongoing public zine that will be published on the last day of the Biennale. A library of donated zines, artist books, and comics will be available for visitors to browse through. Visitors are encouraged to add their own contribution to the public zine and be part of a unique engagement about Whitstable Biennale and the vibrant seaside town it is hosted by. Visitors are welcome to get an insight into the world of zine making via workshops by Jessica Maybury, Parade Zines and Wolfzines. They will include bookbinding, collage art, and playful photographic techniques. A variety of materials will be available in the Hub to allow visitors to make their page in the public zine.


         

Charley Vines and Thomas Langley: CHARLEY THOMAS

2nd - 18th May 2014

Charley Thomas is the result of free conversation between two artists, Charley Vines and Thomas Langley. The work flirts with a language articulated through material, pictorial and spatial exploration. Motif and gesture provide the framework for objects nearing on the absurd. One is in training One is in between Now there is a show.

Zineb Sedir: SAPHIR

Screening and conversation.
Saturday 29 March, 2015, 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

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