CRATE Projects

Petra Ried From A to B Feb 2013


Crate presents Petra Ried's From A to B Exhibition
Saturday 16th February 2013
6pm - 8pm

La Plate-forme Exchange - Sept 2012


14 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2012
Open Fri - Sun 12-6pm
Crate Studio and Project Space presents Mehdi A and Anna Katharina Scheidegger's exhibition which culminates their joint residency in the project spaces at CRATE as part of a residency exchange programme with La Plate-Forme in Dunkerque, northern France.

Mehdi and Anna both worked in the project spaces for 4 weeks developing new ideas specifically for CRATE and Margate.


This is a residency and exhibition exchange project between CRATE and La Plate-Forme (Dunkerque). Simultaneously, Kent-based Hannah Lees and Neil McNally produced new work at La Plate-Forme with exhibition opening Wed 12 Sept and running until 29 September. This project is kindly funded by Arts Council England, Kent County Council and La Plate-Forme.


CURIOUS / DUBIOUS - March 2012

Aine Belton, Anachronism :Drawing Time

[b]8th March - 11th March 2012 [/b]
Opened 8th March 5-9pm with live performances.

[b]CURIOUS/DUBIOUS[/b] is an exhibition exploring ideas of temporality, tangibility, illusion and false representations.
It consists of works from: [b]James Collins, Aine Belton, Kate Beaugie, Clare Beattie, Sam Sultana, Cassandra Beckley and Yvonne Luk.[/b]

The opening night was Thursday 8th March 5-9pm - coinciding with the National Federation of Artist Studio Providers AGM which was held in Margate.

[b]Co-curated by CRATE & UCA curatorial interns Claire Scott and Hannah Weatherhead.[/b]

image credit: Aine Belton, Anachronism: Drawing Time

THE GENERAL MEDIUM opening thurs 22nd nov


Opening Night - Thursday 22nd November 6pm - 9pm
Open Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November, 10am - 5pm

'The General Medium' is an experiment between seven artists, all recent UCA graduates. They have been asked by the curator to swap works and 'consider the medium' to make something new. Half instruction, half suggestion, Claire Scott has asked each of the artists to shift their usual way of making and consider using new strategies and media in which to carry out their ideas. Among many combinations and collaborations, a painter will be faced with video work, a video artist faced with sculpture. Could it result in a positive way of making, or is a painting simply a painting?





Crate are pleased to announce Hannah Lees and Neil McNally as the two successful CRATE selected recipients of the CRATE / La Plate-Forme residency and exhibition exchange.
They will both undertake month-long residencies with exhibition at La Plate-Forme in Dunkerque from mid-August through to late September 2012. For progress and more details of their work please refer to CRATE's website and
During this period, CRATE will host Mehdi A. and Anna Katharina Scheidegger from the Nord Pas de Calais region of France with exhibition in CRATE's Project Spaces planned from 14-30 September. More details will be announced nearer the time.

Here is more information on all the artists:

[u]Residency and exhibition at La Plate-Forme, Dunkerque[/u]

Hannah Lees is a contemporary artist based in London, whose work investigates ideas of cycles: constancy and mortality; the sense that things come to an end and the potential for new beginnings.
She completed a post-graduate diploma at Chelsea College of Art, (London) in 2010 and this year she completed a foundry residency at the Royal College of Art (London).
Recent exhibitions: The Conch Part V at the South London Gallery and Smoke at the Royal College of Art.
Forthcoming projects include: Nowhere island radio (Plymouth) and an Internet project in collaboration with Michael Pybus,
For more information please visit

Neil McNally has a practice that encompasses painting, sculpture, film, and more recently writing and curating.

For more information please visit

[u]Residency and exhibition at CRATE, Margate[/u]

Mehdi A. -

Anna Katharina Scheidegger -

Funded on the Kent side by Arts Council South East and Kent County Council.





'In an extraordinary art performance artist Mark McGowan is to be buried in the sand on Margate beach for an incredible 48 hours. Starting on Saturday 3rd May at 12 noon and ending at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2008. The performance is an attempt to save the Great British Seaside Holiday and the environment/planet at the same time.' THIS EVENT IS PART OF MARGATE ROCKS Mark McGowan is resident artist at CRATE during April and May. For more info:

Caroline Furneaux Talk & Screening Mar 2008

Caroline Furneaux - Margate

THURSDAY 27th March 2008 7PM A screening and talk based on Caroline Furneaux’s CRATE residency took place in Crate's Project Space 1 on Thursday 27 March at 7pm. Caroline’s work Everything Around Us Is Culture (8 min 3 secs) reflects on the nebulous and politically charged term ‘culture-led regeneration’. In 1997 the decision was taken to build a world-class contemporary art gallery in Margate to rival those in St. Ives and Bilbao. Following ten years of investment and controversy, Turner Contemporary is scheduled to open in 2010. Caroline's project adopts a documentary-style approach to consider what this investment means for Margate. By complementing still images with sound in the form of a slideshow, she creates juxtapositions that are by turns striking, ironic, beautiful, hopeful and sad. The photographs seek evidence of ‘culture’ in the landscape, while the audio – a mixture of interviews and ambient sound – reveals the different responses from the people living and working there. read more>>>

Margate Residency with Art Connexion

Cécile Wesolowski

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2007 The second cross channel link between Crate and Lille-based organisation Artconnexion took place in Autumn 2007. Following the success of Emma Leach's residency in Lille, French artist Cécile Wesolowski was based in the Crate Project Spaces in Margate for a month. A new video work will be shown in Lille in December as part of the Réseau 50° nord 'Watch this Space' event which showcases young artists working in the Nord region of France. For further information on the 50° nord network: For further information on Art Connexion: see more>>>

Caroline Furneaux Residency

Caroline Furneaux - Margate

AUGUST 2007 Everything Around Us Is Culture: Regeneration In Margate Caroline Furneaux's project is an inquiry into the nebulous and politically charged term 'culture-led regeneration'. The decision to build a contemporary art gallery in Margate to rival those in St Ives and Bilbao has triggered both investment and controversy. Using still images and sound, her work explores what this investment in culture means for Margate. The photographs seek 'evidence' of culture-led regeneration in the landscape, while the audio – a mixture of interviews and ambient sound – reveals the varied responses from the people living and working there. Caroline completed a 6 week residency at Crate in mid August 07, and will return early in the new year to talk about her project.

Lille Residency with Art Connexion

constellation contrast 5 - Emma Leach

Emma Leach spent one month living and working in central Lille as Artist in Residence, the first cross channel link between Crate and Lille-based organisation artconnexion. With no specific outcome for this month, it was a period of research and reflection, of meeting people and forging possible networks for future practice. Away from the usual distractions on British soil, the artist found herself wandering the streets, somewhat like the character of the flaneur that has interested her for several years. She was situated somewhere between a resident and a tourist, with a status and feeling of place that changed as the month went on, and the work she produced during her stay reflects a highly ambivalent sense of community / boundaries, of belonging / isolation. Linked to this was her interest in Lille’s traditional stance as the socialist heartland of France.


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