About Crate : Crate Studio and Project Space
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Crate is an artist-led organisation based in East Kent supporting contemporary visual artists’ research and practice. Crate promotes critical debate and the exchange of ideas without prescribed outcomes.
Based in an old print works near the sea front in Margate, Crate’s building has been bought and refurbished with major support from Arts Council England South East, East Kent Partnership and Thanet District Council. The building opened in July 2006.
The building combines working and project space and is designed to give artists access to dedicated, affordable space for experimentation, production, documentation and research. There are three floors of studios, and two project spaces on the ground floor. The project spaces are available for short-term use by practitioners, alongside a programme initiated by Crate.
Governing Document & Charity Objects:
1. To relieve financial hardship among people living or working in East Kent by providing such persons with affordable studio and project space which they could not otherwise afford through lack of means.
2. To advance the education and appreciation of contemporary art by providing seminars, workshops and exhibitions, and by providing opportunities for critical debate and professional development.
The Charity’s objects are for the benefit of the public, in particular members of the art community in Thanet and East Kent.
CRATE STUDIO & PROJECT SPACE AIMS & OBJECTIVES:
CRATE STUDIO & PROJECT SPACE is committed to supporting the development of contemporary art practice by providing artists with low-cost studio space and access to project space that can respond to the diverse needs of contemporary practice. It aims to form a creative hub that can foster and support artists working locally, Nationally and Internationally through its various programmes.
CRATE will position itself within a network of local, regional, national and international initiatives for artists. Through the programming of the project space and the development of a creative network.
CRATE will ensure that its activities impact beyond the immediate studio members, supporting the wider art community and providing the public with opportunities to engage with fine art practice.
PERMANENT STUDIOS – to establish and maintain secure, permanent, accessible and affordable workspaces for artists engaged in a range of practices.
ARTISTS’ HUB – to act as a resource centre and contact point for artists.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – facilitating skill sharing, peer support and critical discourse; providing a range of opportunities for professional development, to include mentoring, workshops, seminars and training.
FLEXIBLE PROJECT SPACE – to provide access to project space that can be used as laboratory space, or that can house project outcomes, enabling both the documentation and production of work.
SUPPORT FOR PRACTICE – to provide an environment that supports and extends fine art practice, offering space for both sustained studio development and distinct projects.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NETWORK – to work jointly with partner initiatives in order to facilitate a network of residencies, exchanges and co-projects both nationally and internationally.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY: Statement of Intent
CRATE STUDIO & PROJECT SPACE is committed to equal opportunities regardless of gender, physical ability, age, learning difficulties, race, nationality, religion or sexual orientation for all individuals connected to or served by CRATE.
CRATE will actively work to develop and maintain an organisation in which differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds and needs are fostered and valued, and where those with diverse backgrounds and experiences are able to participate and contribute.
CRATE resolves to regularly evaluate and monitor its effectiveness in meeting our equal opportunity policy objectives and responsibilities.