Collaborative Research Group (CRG) was an 18-month research, education and curatorial programme (September 2013 - April 2015) operating from CRATE, Margate in collaboration with University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Canterbury.
Inter-regionally funded, it brought together a group of 6 arts practitioners who are interested in collaborative working and the pluralities of contemporary visual art practice - producing, curating, organising, writing, communicating. The programme was conceived as both an alternative and complimentary to post-graduate and research-based education, placing itself directly in both the art-world and academia.
CRG was led by its members through an open and discursive approach, evolving throughout.
CRG members: Trish Scott, Alex Parry, Charley Vines, Louisa Love, Áine Belton & Dominique Elsner. Founded and co-ordinated by Toby Huddlestone.
CRG's activity took the form of hosting guest practitioners at CRATE and UCA; undertaking guest visits regionally, nationally and into Europe; working on collaborative public projects; commissioning; collaborating with other artists, curators, groups, organisations their programmes and projects; undertaking private and public workshops, events and weekly discursive sessions; contributing to research and teaching at UCA; sharing experience, research, networks and resources in order to build sustainable support structures.
Major public projects included a curatorial project commission for Whitstable Biennale, 2014 and the symposium event & exhibition 'Work and Art: How artists make a living' at Herbert Read Gallery.
Over the course of the programme, CRG worked directly with over 260 thinkers including artists, directors, curators, builders, students, writers and researchers; presented and commissioned artworks by over 120 artists; and presented lectures, workshops and other activity to approximately 9,600 members of the public, students and artists.
Guest visitors/collaborators to the CRG programme included: Ruth Beale, ESADHaR art schools (Le Havre/Rouen, France), Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Anthony Gross,
S Mark Gubb, Fiona James, Donna Lynas (Wysing Arts Centre), Maitreyi Maheshwari (Zabludowich Collection), MFI (Flat Time House), Kieren Reed, Carey Young, Sacha Waldron, Lauren A Wright, Cardiff Contemporary & g39, Dover Arts Development, Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale.
CRG guest hosting MFI (Mental Furniture Industry) group from Flat Time House - discursive research walk
Whitstable Biennale 2014 hub built in collaboration with Kieren Reed, from which CRG's curatorial programme ran
CRG hosting in-conversation & listening event with Bronwen Buckeridge, Whitstable Biennale 2014
Work & Art: How Artists Make A Living' symposium exhibition and reading room at Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury
CRG guest hosting curator Lauren A. Wright, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Discursive research walk with Dover Art Development