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Bilton Square Micro Beer Fest Sept 6th

CRATE's Collaborative Research Group have teamed up with The Harbour Arms, Pete's Fish Factory, The Tudor House and RG Scott Furniture Mart to bring a micro beer festival to Bilton Square, Margate.

The Beer Fest is a one day event held in Bilton Square, Margate, on the 6th September 2014, and will be situated beside and supported by Crate and Limbo, whilst working as part of Turner Contemporarys’ 'Summer of Colour' and Margate's 'Big Busk'.

Margate and the rest of the Isle of Thanet has a rich history in the production of malt and barley,which would be exported both to London and the European Low Countries between the 16th and 18th century. As a pre-empt to the possible re-opening of a 16th century malt-house in Margate, the Beer Fest aims to celebrate this former provision from the Isle, whilst also providing the space in which to acknowledge the surge in popularity of ale consumption, and more broadly, the space that surrounds alcohol consumption.

There will also be an artist film preview, showing selected films chosen by Collaborative Research Group, on 5th September 2014
which is due to be held at The Tudor House in Margate.

The event is the last ‘First Friday’ event of the Summer of Colour, a Turner Contemporary initiative to promote the celebration of Mondrian and the collaboration between organisations in Margate and Thanet.

It will also be happening alongside The Margate Big Busk which sees a day of busking and street performance throughout Margate, based at various sites and venues, one of which will be Bilton Square.

Curated by Sacha Waldron

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CRATE's new exhibition and project space programme launched in June 2013 with The Survey, curated by Sacha Waldron.

The survey thematic is explored through four main strands:

Survey as a format for looking at the 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
The 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 invites both emerging and established artists to use CRATE as a laboratory and space for experimentation. Exploratorium launched with Lisa Milroy's Party of One, a painting installation and exhibition that invites the public to perform Milroy's paintings. 

Sacha Waldron is the current holder of CRATE's Curatorial Bursary, supported by the Arts Council South East and a Kent County Council Grant for the Arts.

CRATE CURATORIAL BURSARY

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CRATE offers an opportunity to develop an 18-month programme for its project spaces. The most recent recipient was Sacha Waldron and her programme, The Survey. The Curatorial Bursary is aimed at artists and curators who have previous experience of curating and coordinating projects and who are happy to self direct a programme and work independently. Crate is a small and ambitious organisation and the bursary recipients are asked to be aware of building's context, maintaining the infrastructure around the organisation and Crate's future sustainability.

Introduction: EXHIBITION AS MEDIUM

Exhibition as Medium is the Project Space programme under development by CRATE's newly appointed curator, Toby Huddlestone.

Starting with a symposium on April 16th 2011, it will examine alternate models of exhibition format.

Artist-led spaces such as CRATE (independent and experimental) should be at the forefront of current critical discussion around curatorial and cultural activity - it is in project spaces, temporary sites and 'independent activity' through which creativity and new ideas evolve. The focus of the exhibitions in this programme will shift from a place of consumption to a site of action, response and production. A more discursive framework will evolve through this allowing a more active involvement from the artists and audience, often prompting repeat visits to see how an exhibition or project is evolving. read more on programme >>>

Toby Huddlestone - new curator for CRATE.

CRATE has awarded its 2011 - 2012 Curatorial Bursary to Toby Huddlestone.

Toby is currently developing a programme tilted 'Exhibition as Medium', which primarily aims to concentrate attention on alternate models of exhibition format through the presentation of research through production. Exhibitions, screenings, events, talks, symposia, papers and publications will be produced alongside social events, informal discussion and electronic dialogue. The programme began with a 'closed' symposium on 16 April, now archived on the CRATE website.

The main programme will commence in July 2011 and run until April 2012.

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