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LIMBO is pleased to present a new exhibition by Jessica Sarah Rinland. Rinland’s work investigates and unifies opposing themes, drawing equally from her background in fine art and film production. Her films, writings and installations interweave found and original material, highlighting the incongruity of factual accounts, or presenting fiction in documentary form.


In 2011 she encountered a stranded whale on the shores of Pegwell Bay, Kent. Struck by the immensity of the mammal, the spectacle that it created, and the scientists that were performing the visible necropsy, she began to investigate the reasons why they strand. The elusive truth behind the behaviour of these creatures, difficult to discern through theories that often seem as outlandish as folk law, has become the subject of her current body of work.


This exhibition at LIMBO consists of two rooms containing a series of film works, slide projections and sound recordings. The first room investigates the phenomenon of whale strandings and the second, the culture of whaling. The rooms operate in synchrony, aiming to create a filmic sense of time and sequence for the viewer navigating the gallery space.

Dissecting the Exploding Whale

Jessica Sarah Rinland

October 5 - 27 2013

Escape the Esplanade

Kate Hawkins

July 27 - August 18 2013

LIMBO is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Kate Hawkins.


Escape the Esplanade addresses the dichotomy between the spectacle and the spectator, by positioning a set of works in a manner that alludes to the composition of the nearby High Street, forming a central ‘path’ through which the viewer must navigate, ‘overlooked’ by ‘bystanding’ paintings and structures. 


Much of Kate Hawkins’ work draws from the discourse that surrounds performance and theatre. Her previous performance-based background notably informs her more recent work. For Escape The Esplanade Kate makes paintings as a means to de-activate the performer/viewer paradigm, thereby encouraging the spectator to adopt the role of performer. The viewer is persuaded to partake in active engagement with the work, and, in doing so, enact a parallel performance of sorts. 


Escape the Esplanade is both an invitation for participation from the viewer and a response to the structure of the Limbo project space. The length and shape of the space lends itself to a practical act of ‘walking through’, an act that is similarly directed by the structure of a street or pier. The paintings reference street-style blog images, but here the label ‘street style’ takes on dual meaning where both the spectator and artwork can be viewed as potential ‘performing’ subjects. This shift in viewing positions serves to highlight the act of looking which is further played out through the use of motifs such as lenses and lengthy eyelashes. 


Situated behind Margate’s High Street, Limbo is comparatively ‘backstage’. In engineering this conflation of spectacle and spectator, Hawkins offers a reflection of the ‘front stage’ while remaining honest about backstage mechanics and processes of display.

'Guests' 1: Big Dinner

April 27 - May 19 2013

Julia Crabtree & William Evans, Matthew Darbyshire, James Kelly, Erik Larsson, Sung Yeon Lim,

Milou van der Maaden, Robert Rivers, Aimee Sawicki, Tara Tate, Henna Vainio

For the Guests series, Limbo invites an established artist who either lives, works or has worked in Kent to take on the role of host, and to themselves invite others to collaborate with them on a project of their choosing.


Guests does not prescribe the nature of this collaboration, or its outcomes, except that it should be in some way accessible to the public over four consecutive weekends. For the first show in the series, Limbo approached Rochester-based Matthew Darbyshire. He has opted to produce an exhibition in collaboration with the ten artists that make up his tutor group on the graduate sculpture programme at the Slade School of Art, London. 


Big Dinner is a sardonic response to the invitation to ‘host’. The exhibition uses the dinner-table as its central motif - a huge 24 foot table beneath a bright red tablecloth becomes a support mechanism for staging a range of aesthetic, physical and political positions.


Big Dinner might also be approached as a reaction to the peculiarities of Margate’s design environment. The artists’ utilization of the table and cloth stems from their first communal visit, when a similarly dressed trestle in Limbo’s project space was the first of several incongruous objects and settings encountered as they explored the town. 


Big Dinner is the first exhibition in Limbo’s 2013-14 programme, which incorporates one Guests project, solo shows by Kate Hawkins and Jessica Sarah Rinland (to take place in July and October respectively) and an open submission exhibition to take place in early 2014 (details of which will be announced in the summer).

Pot Luck #7

March 23 2013

Organised by Accidental Collective

New Commission by Marcia Farquhar

Performers: Peter Morton, Amy Godfrey, Amelia Beavis-Harrison, pestiferous, Lucille Teppa

Pot Luck is an artist-led and award-winning platform dedicated to supporting performance-makers in Kent, showcasing and developing their work, building bridges between artists and new audiences, and inviting artists from outside the region.

Every Pot Luck event is different and has its own unique flavour. Rather than being based in one place, it moves from venue to venue. Pot Luck welcomes a great variety of work, from theatre to dance, from cabaret to live art.

Pot Luck #7 will take place at LIMBO and Marine Studios in Margate. 




Mollusc – Marcia Farquhar

For Mollusc Marcia Farquhar will be accompanied by the shell gazing sounds of the Mussel Men, the latest in a long line of bands she has formed for one-night-only, featuring: Ansuman Biswas on conches, Jem Finer on harp and xylophone, Sam Willan on toy piano, Marcia and the Mussel Men will be accompanied by the song and dance of Kitty Finer and Jane Howard.


Drifting between the existential, the metaphorical and the pataphysical Mollusc will include music, action painting, demonstrations and transformations, and the opportunity to sing-along to a Kent classic with (dis)gusto. This piece is a Pot Luck commission and has been created specifically in response to Margate and its Shell Grotto.


Tessitura – Lucille Tieppa
Tessitura, 'weaving' in English, is a quirky and odd dance. Its frenzied and dense quality results from a musical composition of movement closely related to Italian pianist Stefano Bollani's cover of Angel Villoldo's tango 'El Choclo' (1903). Brief and elusive, Tessitura is an ephemeral signature which, in a single passing, vanishes as it is being performed. Bringing emphasis on its process over its result, Tessitura is a self-erasing procedure, an event from which nothing remains


LIVE-SIZE Me – Peter Morton
This piece is born out of a project in which Peter lived to weeks padlocked to a life-size puppet of himself for 24hours a day; this finished on 20/03/13. We manipulate objects to surpass our physical limitations, living for and through a material world that shapes our existence. How does the object I have made fit into this world?


Trading>Taking>Theft – Amelia Beavis-Harrison
Human hair is a global trade sold and bought for wigs and extensions, with increasing popularity in Western culture. Although a legitimate trade illegal and unethical trading infiltrates the market, making hair a valuable commodity. The performance opens up the debate of sourcing ethical hair by opening a trading process. The commodity is present, providing opportunity for exchange.


The Nerdy Birdies – pestiferous
"Silence is a birders best friend and patience is his bedfellow." The Nerdy Birdies are a group of birdwatchers so taken with the flights of their fancy they become a flock themselves. Tonight a smaller flock will test a few ideas pestiferous be expanding on whilst creating this walkabout street theatre piece.


Ms Beeton Presents... – Amy Godfrey
Ladies, feminism has brought us this far and now it falls to us to employ our buns and baps in the fight against sexual objectification! Bake your way to freedom! Beat and cream your way to equality! Take up your wooden spoon and poke the patriarchy right in the eye - watch out for flying cake mix...


March 2 - 10 2013

Pavilion Sophie Yetton + Gabriel Birch

films by Mary Hurrell, Helene Kazan, Linda Persson, Thomas Lock, Mirza&Butler and Richard Whitby


Pavilion is Sophie Yetton & Gabriel Birch. Pavilion’s work re-frames the exhibition space by investigating the possible duality of sculptural object and gallery furniture. They create performative installations which become vehicles for the interaction between audiences and other artists’ work. 

Auditorium is an exhibition that explores the idea of screen as object through a single sculpture which poses as a projection room for artists’ films. It challenges the viewer to occupy the structure and invites the audience as a whole to determine the object’s functional and aesthetic potential. 

Built from timber and thin sheet material, the scale is both formally sculptural and also suggestive of lightweight architecture. The timber structure is intricate but anarchic, providing an elaborate footing for a shell-like platform. The screen stretches out across the timber, shattering and unfolding into a broken ground to offer a form of seating from which to view the films.

Elective Affinities

Alma Tischler Wood

February 15 2013

Crate, Limbo and DAD (Dover Arts Development) present Elective Affinities, an informal afternoon tea discussion with food and drinks sourced from trees, instigated by Alma Tischler Wood’s Tree with a View sculpture in collaboration with Jonathan Deacon.

A selection of invited guests are drawn from different practices to discuss the vexed questions of sustainability and contemplative spaces.

Our discussion is expected to touch upon themes that connect: artists’ studios, a contemplative tree sculpture, markers, thoughts around sustainability relating to artistic practice / building techniques / eco building and reclaimed material. This will be documented here following the event.


Tree with a View is an experiment funded by Prosper, a Canterbury Festival initiative designed and produced by the Map Consortium and Workers of Art


Jonathan Deacon (sustainable builder) 

DAD (Dover Arts Development)

The Bay Trust (environmental education)

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