Thursday 20th June, 6pm - 9pm
Saturday 22nd June. 3pm
Saturday 20th July. 3pm
Open Friday - Sunday, 12pm - 6pm
and by appointment.
Party of One is an experimental painting consisting of a group of painted hand-sewn dresses hung on wooden stands, clustered in front of a painted backdrop. The dresses are perfunctorily made, painted with the same pattern as the backdrop: however the fabric of each dress is different, reading as slightly different images. Next to the grouping are the same type of dresses but with buttons on the shoulder - a dress, a painting, that can be worn. When a performer dons this dress, she is invited to step inside the painting and wander in and out of the arrangement. The composition of dresses grows animated. The performer completes her circuit and leaves the painted zone, which returns to stillness.
Party of One at CRATE is the first exhibition of Lisa Milroy’s new performance paintings and continues to explore the possibilities of ‘still life’ painting, the formation of self, identity, work, the relation between contemplation and action and the participatory nature of painting.
Party of One is the first event in the 18-month EXPLORATORIUM programme which invites artists, producers and writers to use CRATE as a site, laboratory and platform for experimentation.
Party of One performed:
— Saturday, June 8th – the paintings will be performed at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
— Sunday, June 9th - visitors are invited to try on a painted dress and step into Milroy’s painting.
8 places only per session.
Just turn up on the day.
Please wear a black t-shirt and black leggings/tights. Sessions: 13:00-14:00; 15:30-16:30.
The exhibition will continue from Monday 10th June - Friday 14th June (closed Tuesday 11th June).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Crate's new exhibition and project space programme launches in June 2013 with THE SURVEY, curated by Sacha Waldron, over the next 18 months.
The survey thematic will be explored through four main strands:
Survey as a format for looking at the work of work of artists –the survey show and its relationship to the solo show, charting an artists practice
Survey as a form a mapping - surveying locations or tendencies
Survey as an investigation into administrative formats, evaluation and information gathering
Survey in terms of the conceptual mass mail out communication processes of 1970’s conceptual artists and how we relate this to contemporary practice
Alongside THE SURVEY, a parallel programme entitled EXPLORATORIUM will invite both emerging and established artists to use CRATE as a laboratory and space for experimentation. EXPLORATORIUM will launch with Lisa Milroy's Party of One, a painting installation and exhibition that will invite the public to perform Milroy's new paintings.
Collaborative Research Group (CRG) is an alternative education programme. Conceived of as an MA in Doing, it will bring together a group of 6 regional arts practitioners (artists, curators, organisers, writers, researchers and thinkers) based in Kent who are interested in collaborative working and the pluralities of contemporary visual art practice (producing, curating, organising, writing, etc.). It is envisaged the researchers will already hold a qualification at degree level in a related subject, and have started to establish a practice post-University. This programme is proposed to be both an alternative and complimentary to post-graduate and research-based education, and places itself directly in the art-world and academia.
CRG will run from September 2013 until April 2015.
To find out more information including details of how to apply, please visit
With over 30 strong applications, we have finally selected the six Curatorial Interns who will be working on this exciting opportunity with our partner organisations around the region.
Each paid intern will spend time working with an established visual arts organisation in Kent, feed back and work with the current BA and MA Fine Art students at UCA Canterbury and develop their own curatorial projects with the support of the programme coordinator Toby Huddlestone and also the supporting organisation.
Through European Inter Reg funding opportunities to collaborate with partners in France will be developed throughout the programme.
/ Josie Bassett @ Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable
/ Aine Belton @ CRATE Studio and Project Space, Margate
/ Margherita Gregegna @ Turner Contemporary, Margate
/ Alex Parry @ Strange Cargo, Folkestone
/ Marta Patlewicz @ Stour Vallery Arts, Ashford
/ Miles Umney @ Dover Arts Development, Dover