Exhibitions

Lizzy Rose: ARRANGEMENT

17 March - 2 April 2017
Preview: Friday 17 March 6 -8pm
Open: Wed - Sun 12 - 4pm

Public Workshop
venue and time tbc

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 practised 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.

Alongside the exhibition there will be an opportunity to take part in a workshop creating your arrangement from nature. This will be a free workshop. Time and venue to be confirmed. The exhibition was funded by the Arts Council, The Great Britain Saskawa Foundation and CRATE.

About the artist:
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. She studied at Central Saint Martins' School of Art and Design. Lizzy Rose was part of artist-led space, LIMBO in Margate from 2012-15 and now is part of the programming team at CRATE.

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East Anglia Records: ON TOUR

Sunday 18 December, 2016, 4 - 7pm

East Anglia Records on tour begins with a set at CRATE.

Six East Anglia Records in-house label artists will perform their latest compositions on the evening of Sunday 18th December.

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Harry Chapman: DOUBLE PARALLEL

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 5-9pm

CRATE is pleased to present a new work by artist Harry Chapman to kick-off a series of related events that fall somewhere between offering a methodology and means to re-think the positivised 'full-presence' of the performing body, especially when our current social life is being put to work constantly without value.

Double Parallel is a looped projection work predicated on the axiomatic function of moving-image – being both recorded and played back at the same speed. The material of the work is therefore its composition, rather than the time and space which passes for its content.

As a principle or score, Double Parallel maintains a paradoxical relation to the site at CRATE - in which it is both autonomous and contingent on any given future realisation.

To the extent that this work is concerned with an immediate relation between its realisation and its exhibition, its material is synonymous with that of performance; with the difference that it consists entirely of its own documentation.

About the artist:
Since graduating in July 2012 Harry Chapman (b. 1988, graduated Central Saint Martins (BA Fine Art, 4D)) has worked on an independent basis between London and Europe. Whilst studying, the principal form of his work was performance - concerned in particular with non-mediated processes and simultaneity. During the time since graduating Chapman has realised a number of pieces of work on digital video, recorded directly to tape and played back from tape - as well as exhibiting some of his work at an independent space in central London (a.m., 10 Copperfield St.l, SE1 0EL). There is a direct (as opposed to implicit or biographical) relation between Chapman's earlier work in performance, the work on digital video tape, and more recent work made in relation to a score – as at CRATE.

DELUXE FUN LOUNGE: PARADISE 2016

Clarissa Beveridge, Melisa Erol, Ryan Miles & Sophie Taylor

Open Evening: Friday 11 November, 2016. 6–9pm
Open Studio: Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 November. 12-4pm

Deluxe Fun Lounge: Paradise 2016 is opening to the public, presenting both complete and in-progress work.
Taking place at the end of Crate's Graduate Platform Award, the Lounge seeks to develop conversations and discussions concerning each of the graduate’s practices, and is an exciting opportunity for the viewer to participate in their work. The Lounge is a communal space that embraces collaboration, engagement and participation.

For the Open Studio, visitors are invited to engage with the artist’s practices and processes. Having formed a relaxed and informal environment to aid the generation of their work, the artists have considered how the viewer engages with the space. With no blank white walls, the lounge is a working space crammed with tables, sculptures, films, lamps paintings, desks, drawings, rugs, music and chairs.

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Machine Room: STRETCHING THE SURFACE

10 - 25 September 2016
Open: Friday - Sunday 12 - 4pm

Machine Room is the research term used in 2006 by artists Mick Finch, Beth Harland, Louisa Minkin and Claude Temin-Vergez. The artists were invited by CRATE to take residence in Margate, and employ the landscapes that they encountered as bases for research. This led to a public display at CRATE, Machine Room: A Blueprint for Painting, and it is this body of research, which is now being responded to for this exhibition. 

This response to that resulting display comes from a group of recent Fine Art graduates, who, for Machine Room: Stretching the Surface, have also considered the dérive, a form of Psychogeography that celebrates the abandonment of intention whilst moving throughout a landscape. 

Clarissa Beveridge, Melissa Erol, Ryan Miles and Sophie Taylor have practices that meet over shared interests in framings, the everyday, material and process, and the viewer’s physical interaction with their work.This exhibition seeks to place the mechanisms and notions of Psychogeography into a contemporary context, placing it within a cultural and technological history of visuality. Utilising their movement throughout Margate and the wider area, the artists have collected pictorial devices embedded in the landscape; look-outs, viewpoints and frameworks.Reading the cultural and architectural ‘eye-catchers’ around the area and building upon their previous experiences and investigations as artists, the four artists are contributing to a broader discussion concerning image seeking and image making.

Clarissa Beveridge defines her practice through attention to material, touch, tone and surface. Seeking to embrace a moment and preserve an action, her work is constantly in process, embracing a visibility of the human hand and forcing the viewer to encounter her decisions in the making.

Melissa Erol employs motifs and gestures that puncture an otherwise colliding combination of ground, colour and form. Working with an archive of objects, images, sketches and collages her work is excited by experience and provoked by the relationship between the frame and the surrounding space.

Ryan Miles explores abandonment and cites this as being key in the beginnings of his work. Responding to the architecture he encounters, works arrive through photography, manipulation and then physical realisation. Using materials such as Perspex and mirrors, there is an allowance for the incorporation of the viewer and the surroundings within the work.

Sophie Taylor responds to everyday visual happenings, approaching an understanding of locations through the patterns and forms that she experiences within them.

Engaging with mundane activities, such as walking or boarding a bus, her work looks to transform these into physical spaces in which the viewer can dwell.
Having employed physical movement to aid the generation of their work, the artists have also considered the way in which we interact with information available to us.
The unending surge of data that we receive, willingly or unwillingly, has formed a new kind of digital landscape throughout which we all pass through.This line of enquiry runs alongisde the original Machine Room research, leading to the development of new works that respond to the physical and the technological world that we inhabit.

Presented as part of the Margate Festival “Sightseeking” 2016

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Erin Laurel Hayhow & Dream Safari: STRANGE R

Saturday 22nd August - Sunday 13th September
Preview: Friday 21st August
Open: Friday-Sunday, 12pm - 4pm

Engaging with themes surrounding  identity and social identification, Erin Laurel Hayhow and Sam Giles will be occupying Crate to bring their work together, in an investigation of social cultures, both prominent and sidelined.

Dream Safari presents interactive wall pieces that allow visitors to produce compositions through their physical interaction with tribal imagery, whilst Erin Laurel Hayhow creates immersive digital installations that highlight the fragility of cognitive function. and it’s deterioration. 

Both artists are based in Whitstable and have graduated from Fine Art Degrees in the last three years.

This exhibition comes as a commission from Margate Festival: Tribes and is funded by Turner Contemporary, Dreamland and Kent County Council.

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Sophie Dixon: TIME PRESSURE DECAY

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.

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Leigh Clarke: A HIGHER CANNIBALISM

Events: Thursday 16 July, 6-9pm & Saturday 18 July, 12-4pm
Open: July 17, 23, 24 and 31 & 1 August, 12-4pm. (Or by appointment)

Alongside the CRATE building, LIMBO Space is hosting Dreamlandia, a solo exhibition by David Price with the same opening and private view times.  

For those who are visiting Margate for the day, the Turner Contemporary is hosting Provincial Punk by Grayson Perry and the new Dreamland Vintage Amusement park will be open.

The title of this solo exhibition by the artist Leigh Clarke is borrowed from Rudyard Kipling who described the process of psychoanalysis as ‘ The Higher Cannibalism’.  The project will exhibit new works generated from over 500 popular autobiographies bought in charity shops that Clarke has collected, dissected and altered to make digital prints, etchings, screen prints and collages.

On mass, the collection and combination of the spines confront the viewer with a visual registry of role models that shape contemporary Britain society and question the consumption of popular autobiographies in times of austerity. Clarke plays with the scale of the book spines to measure the importance of celebrity and who is worthy or unworthy of an autobiography. In his method of appropriation, he treats each autobiography spine equally with paint and printing ink, resulting in monochromatic picture plains that remove hierarchies and status.  The exhibition is perfectly located in the CRATE project space, which is an old print works in the centre of Margate. 

About the artist:

Leigh Clarke is engaged in a multidisciplinary print practice that employs mass manufactured objects or mass disseminated text to make singular political statements. His concern with public engagement has led him to curate projects at Lokaal 01 in Breda, The London College of Communication and Extrapool in Nijmegen. In 2012 he was selected for the London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery where he exhibited 30 plaster casts on scaffold poles of the negative spaces within political latex fancy dress masks. In 2014 he took part in a major residency project In Stoke-on-Trent hosted by Airspace Gallery and funded by the Arts Council England and the Esme Fairbairn Foundation. This summer he has been commissioned to work with Create London to generate alternative maps for the River Lea in the East End of London. Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Printmaking and Illustration at the London College of Communication and Printmaking Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools.

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Obscured/Transparent

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.

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 Turner Contemporary, Margate (11 October 2014-11January 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 here

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