UCA and CRATE Graduate Award 2018

The winners of Crate Graduate Award 2018 announced!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Crate Graduate Award Uli Jaeger, Ty Locke and Kaushikee Gupta.

They will be using the Crate's project space as their studio from the 4th of July. They will be developing new work which will then be exhibited in the same space at the end of the month.

The Crate Graduate Award offers three graduating BA Fine Artists from UCA the use of its project space as part of a one month residency. The award is offering graduates space and support to develop new work, bridging the gap between education and self-directed practice. Each graduate will be offered mentoring sessions with established creatives/artists and support from CRATE’s Programming Team. The Crate Graduate Award is in partnership with University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury. #CRATEGRAD18

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Meet the Grads:-


Uli Jaeger
Uli has discovered the freedom and joy of working as an artist later in life. Her practice can be summarised by Jürgen Tillmans’ statement: If one thing matters, everything matters. Materiality matters just as much as space. Uli works with found objects and often collaborates with and in a given space. She is interested in the notion of chance, not knowing, and play. Her work is about the ongoing negotiation between the everyday and art: where do the two meet, where do they overlap? She is based at LIMBO, an artist-led studio and project space in Margate.

"My work is often space related, so I look forward to what will happen once I’m physically in the Crate space. I intend to carry on working with fabric and resin, a continuation from the last few months. A small but growing collection of used clothing will serve as initial material to experiment further. There are 2 trains of thoughts in connections with clothes which I would like to explore more:

  • the complicated movements we humans have to do in order to put on or take off clothes; especially children, ill or older people who find it cumbersome to get dressed without any assistance! Considering the various openings we have to push our extremities through leads me to imagine…
  • …that we can use these openings – when transformed by an agent such as resin – as implements to look through (as used during the Whitstable Biennale 2018 Satellite programme.)



Ty Locke
Ty Locke is a practicing artist that has been consistently interested in light-hearted, playful sculpture that pushes the boundaries of absurdity. He had a part time job in a children’s play centre, ‘The Big Fun House’, where, ironically, he spent most of his time engaged in tedious and mundane tasks. He explored this within his practice using monotonous processes, setting himself rules to follow, and committing to his irrationality to create absurd, dysfunctional objects. For example, ‘Untitled (109 rolls of tape)’ 2018 was developed after having the idea to buy all the tape he could find (109 rolls) and then continually rolled tape, to tape, to tape, which resulted in making a ridiculous reel of tape that was 109 reels long (6540 meters). He uses what’s to hand to create and impose processes onto familiar reference points. Ty recently graduated from UCA Canterbury and will be pursuing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, after a year in Margate.
"During the Crate Graduate Award, I intend to develop my practice in a different context than it has been done before, out of the university environment. I will use the space and opportunity to carry on finding materials and objects to develop absurd, dysfunctional sculptures. Developing from the working methodologies I have established within my BA, I'm excited to work alongside professional mentors and the other graduates from UCA. Gaining professional, curatorial experience by showing the body of work in an exhibition at the end of the residency, building connections within the Margate art scene."

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Kaushikee Gupta
Kaushikee Gupta is a young story teller from India. She becomes vocal with the words that bleed on paper and uses sound as a medium to explore and experiment new dimensions all together. She has a fascination for the space that sound creates, and the different memories it evokes in people. The different feelings they encounter. Of being in an art- work and not just looking at one. Immersing them into a simulated reality or fiction, or maybe an unsaid memory. A recent graduate from the University for the Creative Arts with a BA (HONS) in Fine Art and living in the United Kingdom; she is looking forward to her Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art this fall. She believes that art does not capture, and replicate a given subject’s experience of the event but draws bodies into sensations not yet experienced. She wants to create those experiences for the audience and the masses through her text and sound installations.  

"The Crate Grad Award is an amazing opportunity for me to carry on experimenting with my practice of text and sound scape installations and indulge on more simulated spaces through my narratives. I would try and achieve a more refined large scale narrative to be able to go beyond the context of a structured space and to create a scape through my text and sound. I would really want to be able to play with binaural sound technologies and immerse my viewers into a simulated or fictional reality. When I write I often feel like a creator, it is the same when I play with sound. The urge is to create something new or maybe to discover something that was already there. I want to invite people to be a part of somebody’s most intimate memories and desires, whether they feel comfortable invading my story or not."




From 4th July - 4th August 2018

CRATE are offering three graduates from BA Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury the use of its project space as part of a one month residency. The award offers graduates space and support to develop new work, bridging the gap between education and self-directed practice. Each graduate will be offered mentoring sessions with established creatives/artists and support from CRATE’s Programming Team. 

The three graduates who have been offered this opportunity this year are:

Ty Locke - 'I experiment with everyday objects ad alter them slightly in a way to create defamiliarisation, mostly in a light hearted, playful manner'

Uli Jaeger - 'I play and let chance play with me. The work is about the ongoing negotiation of luminal space between the everyday and art: where do the two meet or overlap?'

Kaushikee Gupta - 'I create soundscapes of things I feel, and moments I envision and of places I have never been. I write and read and write again'

Please watch this space for updates about their residency and for information about public outcomes.

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 Project Space in Margate, 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).


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Palais de l'Industrie - Edouard Baldus


Open: 21st April – 7th May, 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



Open: Saturday 10th March – Sunday 1st April 2018
Opening hours: Saturday - Sunday 

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.


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