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Limbo

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Limbo is an artist-led organisation based at the former electrical substation off Margate's High Street.

Limbo was set-up to create a resource supporting cultural development and experimentation in Thanet and beyond; providing affordable artist studios a gallery/project space and a programme of exhibitions, artist residencies, events and off-site projects.

Through its projects Limbo aims to create new points of reference or entry, through which challenging and unfamiliar ideas and methodologies can be experienced and discussed.

The project space at the Substation is the focal point for Limbo’s exhibition programme. It appears to be in transition: gallery lighting and whitened walls contrast with the imposing industrial structure of the room, where the transformers, rectifiers and switchgear once stood. Limbo takes inspiration from this aesthetic, aiming to bring different histories and practices together in one place.

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The Substation is centrally located in Margate, just off the High Street and a two-minute walk from the harbour. Margate is on the North East coast of Kent and just a two-hour ferry ride from France.

The building dates back to 1849, when it was apparently erected and functioning as coach house, stables, wash house and storehouse for Thomson and Son Brewers. In 1902 the property was sold for a mere £1,598.2s.9d to the Isle of Thanet Electric Tramways and Lighting Company and became part of a significant social and economic change, providing communication in the form of light, power and traction. High voltage alternating current from the generating station at nearby St Peters was passed through a series of step-down transformers and finally converted to DC using mercury arc rectifiers. This direct current was used to power an extended tramline and to provide lighting and domestic electricity for parts of Margate.

Use of DC for domestic consumers was unusual and potentially dangerous, but this spare capacity brought early access to electric power to the population of Margate. During the night the generators were shut down and a massive bank of batteries with “265 Tudor Cells” provided power for the early morning and late night trams, as well as for domestic lighting (the generators at St Peters were also shut down overnight). This arrangement lasted into the 1920s when demand for domestic and industrial power at night became too great. When the tramlines were finally closed down in the late 1930s the Substation continued to provide DC power to Dreamland amusement park until it converted to AC in the 1970s.

The substation equipment now sits outside at the front of the building in the space previously occupied by a lean-to veranda.

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Substation Project Space
2 Bilton Square High Street
CT9 1EE Margate 51° 23' 19.6476" N, 1° 22' 51.1932" E
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2006

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Crate

Crate Space, Margate

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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.

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  • charity

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Print Works

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1 Bilton Square
CT9 1EE Margate 51° 23' 17.7072" N, 1° 22' 50.412" E
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  • open plan

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2006

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Two Queens

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Two Queens ,based in a former city centre Cash & Carry, is the collaboration of Vanilla Galleries and CUSP, two Leicester based groups of artists.

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  • other

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previously a Cash & Carry

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2 Queen Street
LE1 1QW Leicester 52° 38' 5.7192" N, 1° 7' 31.8972" W
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  • open plan, private

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2012

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Aid & Abet

Aid & Abet Gallery, Cambridge

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Aid & Abet is an artist-led contemporary art space which supports artists to experiment, take risks and innovate as well as collaborate, engage and network.
Situated close to Cambridge Station in a former railway workshop, Aid & Abet is a production and presentation site for contemporary art that combines work, project, gallery and performance space allowing audiences and participants to engage with cross-disciplinary practices in both creative and critical ways.

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  • other

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Station Road
CB1 2TZ Cambridge 52° 11' 41.2872" N, 0° 8' 14.2296" E
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  • open plan

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2011

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Cubitt

Cubitt Gallery and Studios

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Cubitt is an artist-run gallery and studio provider based in Islington. We are an independent organisation managed by our members: a community of over 30 artists dedicated to nurturing and supporting emerging practice in the visual arts. Over twenty years we have grown as unique hub for international developments in contemporary visual culture: providing essential opportunities for artists and curators to expand their practice critically at an early stage in their careers; whilst enriching the lives of countless audience members and thousands of local people through meaningful and responsive engagement. With the creative freedom and community of the studio at its heart, Cubitt is a multi-layered; richly resourced yet incredibly cost-effective; democratic beacon for outstanding art.

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  • charity

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8 Angel Mews
N1 9HH London 51° 31' 56.0496" N, 0° 6' 27.2628" W
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  • private

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1995

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S1 Artspace

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S1 Artspace is an artist-led organisation presenting an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, commissions, screenings and events. S1 also provides studio space for contemporary artists at varying stages in their careers, from recent graduates to established artists working at an international level.

Founded in 1995 by a group of Sheffield-based artists seeking to create a sustainable studio environment in Sheffield City Centre, S1 Artspace has become a nationally recognised organisation, renowned for providing a platform for experimentation and for supporting the development of new work in a wide variety of media through artists’ residencies, commissions, and an annual studio holders’ exhibition. Over its sixteen year history, S1 Artspace has presented work by over 300 artists and accommodated over 100 artists.

In 2010, S1 Artspace moved to new larger premises to support a growing commitment to its international exhibition programme.

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  • charity

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120 Trafalgar Street
S1 4JT Sheffield 53° 22' 40.4328" N, 1° 28' 32.0124" W
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  • private

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1995

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Outpost

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OUTPOST is an artist run gallery based in Norwich committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art. A core programme of 11 exhibitions per year, each opening on the 1st of the month, 6 - 9pm and run from the 2nd to 21st of the month, 12 - 6pm (no exhibition in January). A programme of events and offsite projects runs alongside.

A membership scheme is operated and is vital to OUTPOST’s activity. Artist Members are encouraged to submit material to the Members Archive; a source from which exhibitions can be selected and independent curators can use as a resource. Membership costs £15 per year, a days invigilation can be provided in lieu of payment. Membership support for OUTPOST is invaluable, extending beyond the financial and ensuring that a credible context for contemporary art in Norwich is recognised and sustained. A committee of up to 8 members run the gallery with a limit of two years service each to ensure that selection and organisational processes remain fresh. OUTPOST was founded in November 2004 with financial support form Arts Council England East, Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and Norwich Gallery.

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  • charity

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10b Wensum Street
NR3 1HR Norwich , NFK 52° 37' 54.6204" N, 1° 17' 53.0448" E
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2004

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The Royal Standard

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Through a dynamic and challenging gallery programme that brings together local, national and international artists, we aim to showcase the most exciting, innovative exhibitions and events that we can, working with the most outstanding recent graduates and emerging artists as well as more established practitioners and other artist-led initiatives.

The Royal Standard is dedicated to promoting exchange, dialogue and experimentation, providing a supportive and critically engaged environment to work in, and acting as a social hub for our studio membership of over 40 artists, as well as the wider cultural community. Our multi-purpose project space offers a testing ground for artists to push their ideas in new directions, and a setting for more spontaneous events and activity happening independently to the main gallery programme.

The Royal Standard was established in 2006 by four Liverpool-based artists in response to the need for a new artist-led organisation that would operate somewhere in between the city’s grass-roots DIY initiatives and the more established arts institutions. Originally housed in a former pub in Toxteth, in 2008 The Royal Standard undertook an ambitious relocation and expansion into a larger industrial space on the Northern periphery of the city centre, relaunching to acclaim for the 2008 Liverpool Biennial.

The Royal Standard is currently run by a team of four to six directors, with a new team appointed on a two-year rolling basis, enabling the organisation’s ideas and energy to remain fresh and continuing to offer opportunities to new groups of emerging artists.

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  • other

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131 Vauxhall Road Unit 3, Vauxhall Business Centre
L3 6BN Liverpool 53° 24' 51.858" N, 2° 59' 24" W
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2006

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The Lombard Method

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The Lombard Method is an artist-led studio and project space in Birmingham inaugurated in 2009. The Lombard Method aims to develop the individual practices of its members through critical dialogue, group interaction, and engagement with a programme of residencies, exhibitions and events held in our project spaces.

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68a Lombard Street
B12 0QR Birmingham 52° 28' 18.2784" N, 1° 53' 10.6368" W
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2009

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Grand Union

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Grand Union is a gallery and studios located in Digbeth, Birmingham’s cultural quarter.

We support the development of artists and curators through the provision of high quality workspaces and an ambitious programme of free exhibitions, talks and events.

Run by a small group of artists and curators, Grand Union is part of a growing artistic community with the production of new art and ideas at its heart.

Founders:
Helen Brown, Ian England, Joanna Essen, Mark Essen, Reuben Henry, Cheryl Jones, Harminder Judge, Karin Kihlberg, Feng-Ru Lee, Charlie Levine,
Alexandra Lockett, David Miller, David Thomas, Matt Westbrook, Stuart Whipps

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  • community interest company

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Minerva Works
158 Fazeley St
B5 5RS Birmingham 52° 28' 44.7456" N, 1° 52' 58.5516" W
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2010

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