Wearing Trousers

Catriona Clayson, Kim Conway, Lucy Crispin, Kat Cutler-McKenzie, Moyra Derby, Eloise Edwards, Emma Gibson, Kate Harrison, Sadie Hennessy, Kellie Hogben, Elizabeth Loughran, Atabey (Carlos) Maria, Nova Marshall, Siobhan McGhee, Jemma Morgan, Jo Murray, Annie Nichols, Lucy Petet, Heidi Plant, Cathy Rodgers, Julia Riddiough, Lizzy Rose, Trish Scott, Heather Tait, Rebecca Taylor, Twinkle Troughton, Charley Vines, Hannah Weatherhead, Newton Whitelaw, Chris Yates

Saturday 12th - Sunday 20th March, 2016 
 Weekends 12 - 4pm 

POW!Thanet is Thanet's very own festival of celebrations for International Women's Day. Between 8 - 13 March a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, workshops, parties, film nights, well being events and much more has been put together by a team of dedicated women to bring much needed attention to the cause.

The global focus for this year's International Women's Day is PLEDGE FOR PARITY, so by providing a platform for the female movers, shakers, creatives and voices of Thanet, POW!Thanet is highlighting the very pressing issue of women deserving equal opportunities and earnings to our male counterparts.

Wearing Trousers collects together emerging and established female artists based in Thanet. Remembering the prohibitions that have been imposed upon women in their everyday pursuits to stand as equals alongside men, the works within the show contribute to a wider conversation around the conditions for female artists today.


Preview: October 23, 7 - 9pm October 24 - November 1, 2015

Part of an ongoing series of environments known as "The Other Room", this new exhibition by Emma Gibson uses a
backdrop of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics to pinpoint a turning of the tide, when things that
were once child's playthings on the beach came to have the price of jewels.

Conchlymania or ‘shell-lunacy’ in the 17th century referred to the hysteria around collecting, acquiring and dealing these ‘works of art from God’. 

Collections became declarations of wealth and faith (the gathering of shells on the beach coffered spiritual status) and the collectors themselves had surprising similarities to dealers and collectors of fine art today- both caring passionately for the status of possessing something strange and unusual from a distant land, preferably before anyone else.

Seashells are naturally occurring and no two shells are ever alike.

Presented inside this parallel universe are two areas, one Production and one Display. Using seashells and their complex and once extremely coveted natural beauty and mythology as a metaphor, it confronts how we consider value and originality today.It is up to you to decide on the origins and meaning of these shells and ultimately, if they have worth.


Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 August, 2015, 11am - 5pm

Inspired by her recent residency in the former mining town of Lens, Northern France,Time Pressure Decay is an exhibition by Sophie Dixon of photography, text and research. This coincides with a screening of her latest film 'La Mort De L'Arbre' at Turner Contemporary.

Resonating with the story of the Kent coalfields, the exhibition explores memories of the coal mining industry and the physical traces left upon the landscape. Drawing connections between seemingly disparate fragments of experience, video and text interweave to examine the unifying power of memory.

Dixon's work is rooted in extensive historical, social and cultural research. Concerned with the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, she deconsructs and expands narratives to explore the tenuous relationship between ourselves and the environments in which we live.

Using personal research and writing as a narrative backbone, her work is less interested in portraying a historic truth than in exploring the deep connections between events across time - an attempt to open up the spaces between the experience of an event, and our later interpretations of it.

In 2014 she was awarded the CVAN Platform Graduate Award and has recently undertaken residencies with Mission Louvre-Lens Tourisme in Northern France and the UK based artists group Blast Theory.

CRATE Graduate Project Space Award

For three weeks CRATE was occupied by three recently graduated BA Fine Art Students from University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury.

Layla MooreMadeline Jones and Verity Hime were offered the use of our project spaces between the 18th September and the 10th October, to collaborate on the development of work and ideas that emerged during their studies.

Graduates received mentoring sessions with Leigh Clarke, Benedict Drew, Matthew de Pulford and Trish Scott, as well as being supported on-site by Charley Vines and the Programming Team.

There was intermittent public access to the space, including "INTERRUPTION", a projection/collage event on the 3rd October, where participants were invited to bring materials to create immersive and playful outcomes.

The three weeks culminated in a public opening on 10th October, demonstrate the function of the CRATE project spaces, as a site for both work, play and display.

The award is designed as a means for a brief but valuable point between the structures offered within education and independent practice.

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Photo: Madeline Jones


Sasha Adamczewski, Hannah Mitchell & Christina Symeou

Perview: 27 March, 2015. 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Continues: Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm, until 12 April

CRATE is delighted to invite three Second Year Fine Art students from the University for the Creative Arts to open an exhibition of recent works.

This exhibition comes as a result of three Second Year Fine Art students having assisted and participated in the recent Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge exhibition, ‘English Magic Re-Mix’ at Crate.

Obscured/Transparent offers an insight into individual emerging practice, and an exploration between the artists of the crossovers between the themes and concerns that drive their work. Together,  the works investigate the employment of abstraction in the construction of an image or object, whilst presenting a shared examination of structural, natural and material elements.

About the artists:
Sasha Adamczewski, Hannah Mitchell and Christina Symeou have worked together to present new and recent works, developed during their studies at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.

Sasha Adamczewski combines the pictorial, three-dimensional and poetic movement of cinematography to create pieces that incorporate movement, be it filmic, sculptural or performative. Through exposing natural and orchestrated changes of material state, the works offer an insight into processes that are in motion or have previously occurred.

Hannah Mitchell is developing concerns surrounding the dichotomy between urban and natural environments, and the potential conflict of the two co-existing. Using collage as a method to combine materials including paint, paper, varnish and wax, the components and layers present in an image are made visible.

Christina Symeou constructs prints and paintings using organic and abstract shapes derived from her studies of the human form. In dismembering and disorientating impressions of the body, the work exists within the context of painting and image making, and allows for a closer inspection of details that exist as part of a larger assemblage.


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