Ian Bottle - Artist book


Project at CRATE and Turner Contemporary, with workshops at CRATE and other locations.

Open at CRATE: Friday 3rd February – Sunday 4th March 2018
Private view : 6 - 9pm, Saturday 3rd February 2018 with The Waste Land read by Dr Ian Jones
Opening hours: Friday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm

Also on view at Turner Contemporary Clore Studio 
Visit: 3rd – 4th & 24th - 25th February & 4th March – 7th May 2018 

Details of workshops below

Staff and students from UCA Canterbury will be using the artist book as a means of exploring themes located within The Waste Land, the poem by T.S. Eliot written partly in Margate. The project is an artwork and mobile bookcase in one, populated with books, zines, pamphlets to sculptural objects.
Part of the CRATE spring 2018 program running alongside Journeys with 'The Waste Land’at Turner Contemporary.
A free public program of events will be open to all and free to attend.

CRATE will become a curatorial space where books made during the research period for ‘Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ will be put into context with other experimental works being created by the staff and students in response to the poem and will link with events to be hosted at UCA Canterbury (details to follow). This series of workshops at CRATE during the four-week period from 3 February – 4 March 2018 will show ways of experimenting using artist book making, as a means of interpreting the poem.

Workshops at CRATE:
Zine Land 
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February, 12 noon – 4pm 

One day zine making workshops with Ben Hunt UCA lecturer and Ruth Rollason, UCA Canterbury artist in residence

Unreal City
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February, 12 noon - 4pm 
Screen print workshop creating an installation from screen prints onto Cardboard boxes with Rob McDonald UCA Lecturer

Multi-Media event and Artist Books Gad About Margate 
with Ian Bottle, UCA lecturer, & UCA students. (locations to be announced)
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February 2018, 12 noon - 4pm 

Presenting artist books along with projection, performance and installation

A heap of broken images Closing event
Saturday 3rd March, 12 noon – 4pm 

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot read by Dr Ian Jones
The presentation of new material generated through the ‘Different Voices’ UCA project by Staff and Students and members of the public participating in workshops.

Image: Artist Book; Ian Bottle (Photograph Rob MacDonald 2018)

UCA Canterbury  
Turner Contemporary 




Three new projects and collaborations with UCA Canterbury Kent, the independent artist group 'The Waste Land Salon' from South East Kent and The Waste Land Research Group with Turner Contemporary. 

CRATE are delighted to announce our spring 2018 projects, part of a bigger programme of events responding to T.S.Eliot's poem The Waste Land, running in parallel with the Journeys with 'The Waste Land' exhibition at Turner Contemporary from 3rd February - 7th May 2018.

Journeys with 'The Waste Land' explores the significance of The Waste Land through the visual arts; it is an innovative three-year project, bringing members of the community (The Waste Land Research Group) and Turner Contemporary together to develop and create the exhibition. The project came about because parts of the poem were written whilst Eliot was convalescing in Margate. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land sitting in the Nayland Rock shelter on Margate sands looking out to sea. The poem was published the following year, and proved to be a pivotal and influential modernist work, reflecting on the fractured world in the aftermath of the First World War as well as Eliot's own personal crisis.

Saturday 3rd February - Sunday 4th March 2018:
Different Voices: UCA Canterbury Artist Book Project

Staff and students using the artist book to explore themes located within The Waste Land.

Friday 9th March - Monday 2nd April 2018
The Waste Land Salon
Artists from South East Kent meet to explore The Waste Land.

20th April - 7th May 2018
Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at CRATE

Crate will be a fluid space where you can select artworks and create an alternative exhibition.

Further details and updates to be announced - please sign up here for Crate newsletter
For more information of the exhibition at Turner Contemporary, click here



Friday 1ST – Sunday 3rd December 2017

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday 2ND December 6-9PM 2017

OPENING TIMES: Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 12-6pm 2017

Temporarily Simulated the new work by artist Kieran Rook exists somewhere between a disturbing truth and a restless dream; an investigation into the distortion of human experience created vicariously through different platforms of engagement. This piece acts as a visual and audible metaphor tracing a course through turbulent, virtual and perhaps ideological times. The nature of this project also lends itself to the ongoing dichotomy between the mediums of painting and sculpture, as well as being a mechanism of reflection – visual and cognitive – particularly the various displays of geometric forms that are activated and experienced by the viewer in situ.

BIO Kieran Rook is a UK based multidisciplinary artist who specialises in large scale installations, sculpture, painting, and sound art. Recently exhibited at Turner Contemporary, Margate for the Platform Award 2017 and also taking part in Optic Illusions at Brewery Tap UCA project space alongside the Folkestone Triennial 2017. https://kieranrookart.com/

UCA CRATE GRADUATE AWARD Temporarily Simulated is the solo exhibition by the winner of the UCA Crate graduate award 2017 Kieran Rook. Crate in partnership with UCA Canterbury offer fine art graduates a place of research, production and display with mentoring sessions to realise a public outcome. This award provides time, space and support to develop new work, seen as a bridge between education and self-directed practice. www.cratespace.co.uk

the ships are always there


Laura Fitzgerald, Phil Illingworth, Jay Rechsteiner, ​Kyung Hwa Shon.
Curated by Chiara Williams

Open: Saturday 19th – Monday 28th August
Preview: Friday 18th August 6 - 9pm
Opening times: 11am - 5pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday

New works by four international artists are brought together in an exhibition that allows for a contemplative convergence of perspectives; trajectories and courses overlap, brief encounters are made, vanishing points are vague, horizons are hazy, but, the ships are always there...

Chiara Williams is pleased to curate her second exhibition in Margate, at Crate Project Space. Chiara has worked for some years with each of the four artists in this exhibition, and was keen to draw their disparate practices together under a common theme whilst uncompromisingly showcasing their newest works.

The title of the show arose from an exclamation made on a daily dog walk along Margate’s beaches, ‘the ships are always there!?’, an incredulous response to the seemingly static horizon line of ships, day in, day out; an observation that gave pause for reflection on ideas of quiet permanence versus irrefutable transience, of constancy versus change.

The works in this exhibition invite us to consider the common anchor points in our lives, who are those people, places or objects that unite us, where do our perspectives converge, our trajectories overlap, and to what extend do we take comfort in repeating, meditating upon or ritualising those blips on our radar.


Katie Hare, Edge of the Frame (still) 2016


John Butler, Clay Gold, Katie Hare, Matthew Humphreys, Claire Manning, Nicholas Mortimer, Liv Pennington, Mildred Rambaud

Open : Saturday 8th July - Sunday 6th August
Private View: Friday 7th July 6pm - onwards
Opening Times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am-5pm

You wake up and music fills the room.
Your PC has identified your brain signals and coffee is brewing to your specifications.
Later you put on your VR headset and leave the house.
Amidst your view of the real world, avatars approach you.
They greet you, meet you, inform you, warn you, and sell to you.
Are you ready?
Are you ready for your future?

We are creating a discourse for people to reflect on our digital future and the ways in which that could potentially impact on our everyday lives.

How do you think the rise in virtual reality and technological advancements will effect our physical, functional, and emotional routines? How would you wish to see it advance?

About the artists:
John Butler's films recount the daily routine of children being raised in a secure compound to meet the challenges of a financialised world. His work is about human utility in an age of artificial indifference. He works with 3D animation, motion capture, digital audio and text to speech applications.

Clay Gold's “Between the Attic and the Basement” is a sound installation which addresses the space between the conscious mind and the subconscious archive.

Katie Hare's films are looking at the effects of the rise of rapid digital communication, specifically in respect to memory, both shared and personal. Katie works in video, but also across performance, sound and text.

Matthew Humphreys explores the human condition, highlighting the role of sight and sound as a component for discourse and wellbeing. His film and collages are personal recollections of his family life. His documentary video background informs his artistic practice. His camera catches the most intimate moments and transforms them into universally engaging themes.

Claire Manning's film is an investigation into edgelands and non-places. Her film technique uses distortion and collaging to emphasis the emotional potential of these ‘non-utopias’. She uses non-traditional approaches and construction methods to create her films, installations, assemblages, montages, and prints.

Nicholas Mortimer's installation creates a conversation between an avatar of justice and a vision of future man. The characters meet in a mythological ruin, and discuss how technology could make meaningful change to social, cultural and political issues. Nicholas' work explores transfictional methodologies and mythological possibilities focussed on cybernetic futures that become meshed with ancient symbolism.

Liv Pennington's films and prints examine the impact of digital forms of communication, on the social management of the likable female image. What happens when you perform, adjust and filter your appearance and behaviour for views and for likes?

Mildred Rambaud's sculptures highlight the physical, through delineating space, while reimagining a new sculptural language. She embraces a range of methods and approaches including painting and performance. Her work explores archetypal imagery, fragility and the impossible.

Touching the Void is Crate's contribution to the Margate Festival.


Image: Katie Hare, Edge of the Frame (still), 2016


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