Open School East is a study programme for 12 associate artists and a communal space housed in the old Rose Lipman Library in De Beauvoir Town, East London. Emphasizing cooperation and experimentation, the initiative is set up to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills between artists, local residents, neighbourhood organisations and the broader public.
Open School East’s study programme supports the artistic and professional development of the associate artists through studio provision, tuition from international and local practitioners, theorists and curators, and the production of locally focused projects. Free to attend and non-accredited, the study programme is conceived as a year-long, partially self-directed residency, which currently welcomes associates working in the fields of visual art, dance and design.
Central to Open School East’s approach is a commitment to reflect on and to reactivate the former social function of the building. Open School East’s communal space hosts a wide-ranging programme of events, activities and projects developed by and with the associates, partner organisations, local interlocutors and collaborators from further afield. The space and its affiliated public programme aspire to build a community of interest and to foster social, cultural and intellectual exchanges between people from all walks of life.
Open School East launched in September 2013. Its pilot year is commissioned by the Barbican and Create London. The project is also supported by Arts Council of England, the Legacy Trust UK and the London Borough of Hackney. Open School East is initially funded to run for a year (September 2013-August 2014) and is working towards becoming a longer-term project.
About the Rose Lipman building
The Rose Lipman building was opened in 1975 to house the archives of the Borough of Hackney. The building was to accompany the redevelopment of De Beauvoir Road, which saw the erection of De Beauvoir Estate, home to 850 flats. Part of the Rose Lipman building served as a community resource, with a hall and nursery still in use today. A children and lending library, which occupied the first floor, closed in the late 1990s, while the Hackney Archives were relocated to the new C.L.R. James Library on Dalston Lane in 2011. Today, the building hosts various cultural organisations including the The Mill Co. Project and the carnival group Tropical Isles.
The call for applications for 2014-15 will be announced in mid-June 2014 and open days will be held at the end of the month. It will be the opportunity to meet the team and OSE’s currrent associates, and to get your questions answered.
No other information will be available until then, as we are still in the process of securing funding for next year.
If you are interested in applying, then join our newsletter or follow us on twitter/ Facebook. We will communicate information about the next round of applications through these media, as well as through the website in mid-June 2014.
About the study programme
Open School East is a space for artistic learning that is free and structurally light, and that interacts socially with its surroundings. It is run according to principles of cooperation and experimentation, and welcomes practitioners who engage with these notions in different ways. Through critical and practical teaching, the programme supports the artistic and professional development of 12 associates.
Who are the associates?
Andrea Francke, Ania Bas, Charlie George, Eva Rowson, Graham Reid, Jonathan Hoskins, Lisa Skuret, Lucy Beech, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Ross Jardine, Tommy Ting, Yemi Awosile.
Working in the fields of visual art, design and dance, the associates were selected to join the pilot year of OSE, following an open call advertised locally, nationally and internationally in Spring 2013. The selected associates have in recent years completed a BA, MA or have taken alternative routes into art-making.
Visit the associates’ page in the ‘People’ section to find out more.
How does the study programme function?
The associates are provided with free tuition – from international artists, writers, curators and theorists – as well as workspaces, for the course of one academic year. Teaching takes place two days a week and is delivered by guest speakers who devise wide-ranging sessions (workshops, lectures, reading groups, seminars, tutorials and group crits); some lasting a morning, others developing over a few days. While the first term introduces the associates to a broad range of approaches, positions and methodologies, the second and third terms are shaped by the associates. As part of the programme, the associates work towards developing locally focused projects. These may engage collaboration with local residents and partner organisations.
In lieu of paying fees, the associates give the equivalent of one day every month to devise, run or assist with public activities in and around the building. They take an active role in making the Rose Lipman Building a site for social, intellectual and practical exchanges.
Open School East is a non-accredited programme. It is overseen by a part-time team, as well as being partially self-directed by the associates.
Guests speakers and workshop leaders have included:
Ed Atkins (artist); Ed Baxter (director, Resonance FM); Polly Brannan (artist, educator and curator); Pablo Bronstein (artist) and Ellis Woodman (executive editor, BD); Matthew Darbyshire (artist); T.J. Demos (writer and critic); Tim Etchells (artist and artistic director, Forced Entertainment); Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (designer); Leah Gordon (artist and curator); Richard John Jones (artist); Loraine Leeson (artist and director of cSPACE); Franck Leibovici (artist, poet and composer); Myriam Lefkowitz (choreographer); Marysia Lewandowska (artist); Maria Lind (director, Tensta Konsthall); Daniel Sinsel (artist); Sally Tallant (artistic director, Liverpool Biennial); Frances Williams (head of education, South London Gallery); Catherine Wood (curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate Modern) and Martin Hargreaves (Programme Leader, MA The Body in Performance, Trinity Laban); Ken Worpole (writer).
Term 1: 19 September – 20 December 2013
Term 2: 9 January – 28 March 2014
Term 3: 17 April – 18 July 2014
All events are free of charge and do not need booking, unless otherwise stated.
Sunday 27 April, 6-10pm
Tin Tin Room
OMYW,SSYL presents John Smith + One Minute Film Festival
OMYW,SSYL is a (sometimes) monthly film event. Each time, OMYW,SSL invites a different person to suggest a selection of films that do not have a large promotional machine behind them, and the screening is accompanied by a mini festival of one-minute artist films.
Hosted by OSE in April, we’ll be screening three short films by London filmmaker John Smith: The Black Tower, Slow Glass and his own one-minute film Gargantuan. In between films, a cinematic feast of food, drinks and music will be served.To submit a one-minute film to the festival, see here for more information.
Entrance: £3 to cover screening fees (includes food)
Event programmed by Eva Rowson.
Tuesday 3 May, 7-11pm
Tin Tin Room
WE – Shrill synth grooves, bizarre guitar melodies, cartoon drumrolls and sax. Borrowing strategies from the likes of the Residents, Devo and Laibach.
Dr. Peabody – Singing songs about life, love, jobs, and science fiction novelists, and always dressed accordingly from offcuts of the high school drama department’s closet.
£3 on the door
Tuesday 6 May, 7pm
Tin Tin Room
Do Not Feed Birds and friends present ‘Listen Hear!’
Listen Hear! is inspired by Glasgow’s ‘Lights Out Listening Group’ and happens here with their blessing.
Submissions can be between 1 second and 10 minutes in duration, stereo or mono, high or low quality audio file, and, along with any questions, should be sent to email@example.com.
Tuesday 7-28th May
The Walking Reading Group on Participation
The Walking Reading Group on Participation offers a chance to discuss issues surrounding participation, engagement, collaboration and social practice whilst walking through the streets of London.
For each session texts are set in advance and form the backbone of the exchange. We depart from a venue and walk for up to two hours, swapping conversation partners and discussion themes several times. Apart from the texts, personal experiences, projects related to the area and the route through the city will inform the conversations. We strongly encourage you commit to more than one walk if possible.
Wed 7th May (6:00 – 9:00 pm) devised with Ken Worpole
Meeting point: Open School East
The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, London N1 5SQ
Wed 14th May (6:00 – 9:00 pm) devised with Faiza Shaheen
Meeting point: Iniva
1 Rivington Pl, London EC2A 3BA
Wed 21st May (6:00 – 9:00 pm) devised with Kit Caless
The Nunnery & Carmelite Café, Bow Arts
181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Wed 28th May (6:00 – 9:00 pm) devised with Rebecca Beinart
Meeting point: Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
All the events last for 3 hours (approximately 2hours walk)
For bookings contact: firstname.lastname@example.org In association with Bow Arts, Iniva, Open School East and Whitechapel Gallery.
Facilitated by Lydia Ashman, Ania Bas and Simone Mair
Classes & Opportunities
FREE CERAMICS WORKSHOPS FOR DE BEAUVOIR/HAGGERSTON RESIDENTS
On the second week of every month, Troy Town Art Pottery runs introductory ceramics workshops for individuals and families. They are free and open to all residents of De Beauvoir / Haggerston.
These workshops look at ceramics as a sculptural material, and all works produced in the pottery are treated as sculptures, rather than craft. The workshops are led by residents of Troy Town Art Pottery and Open School East associates.
Tuesday 13 May, 1-6pm
Tuesday 10 June, 1-6pm
Workshop attendees will be invited to return later in the month to glaze and fire their pieces. All pieces made in the pottery remain the property of their maker.
There are 8 places for each monthly workshop. People interested in attending should subscribe at the following address: email@example.com
Communal Materials; Or, Evolution Isn’t Fast Enough
Call for Participants
Do you have skills or interests that you or others no longer seem to value?
From shoemaking to fortune telling, Evolution Isn’t Fast Enough is looking for Hackney residents with skills of ‘questionable value’ in the current economic climate to take part in a collaboration.
The results of these collaborations will be a series of public events on De Beauvoir Estate, Hackney in May and June.
A participation fee will be provided.
These events form one strand of Communal Materials; Or, Evolution Isn’t Fast Enough – a project by artist Lisa Skuret, funded and supported by Arts Council England.
Tell me what you love & hate about Hackney and I will cook for you
Call for contributions
We are looking for individuals and families who live in Hackney and are happy to talk about their borough over dinner or lunch. We offer a ‘food for thought’ exchange to get to know more people from the area and how they feel about the fast changing nature of Hackney.
If at least one of the following statements applies to you or a member of your family you will be welcome to join the meal:
- I have lived in Hackney for a minimum of 10 years.
- I am not in full time employment.
- I am over 55 years of age.
- I hold a non-British passport.
Fancy a chat over food? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
All conversations will be recorded and fragments made available through social media sites. The recordings will form the basis of a publication and all contributors will be credited.
This project is funded by Hackney Community and Voluntary Services and Team Hackney.
Every Monday, 7-9pm
Do you struggle to make time or find space to write? Join Carbon Copy!
Carbon Copy provides a free space for anyone to write. You are encouraged to work on your own piece of writing: novels, short stories, essays, poetry, scripts, applications, love letters, lectures, council forms, shopping lists, reports…
We provide chairs and tables, an atmosphere conducive to writing and tea breaks! You will need to bring your own laptop or pen and paper.
We would like everyone who comes to write to leave behind a carbon copy (or digital) of what they have written during this time. These texts will form a basis of a zine and e-publication distributed for free.
No need to book, just pop in.
Practical information: to access Carbon Copy, go to the back entrance of the building, opposite Hackney Pirates, and ring the buzzer. If you are running late, please call 077 3150 9854.
OPEN SCHOOL EAST AND SHOREDITCH TRUST PLACEMENT PROGRAMME
Open School East and Shoreditch Trust are teaming up to run a Placement Programme in 2014, offering six places for young people in Hackney. The Placement Programme is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 23 who are not currently in full-time education, but who have a desire, passion and commitment for continued learning, using the arts as a tool for developing thinking, dialogue and projects.
The programme will run from January to July 2014 and will be structured around four sessions, spread over the period, centred around John Berger’s book and TV series Ways of Seeing, a ground-breaking text that shifted the thinking around visual culture and art history.
Alongside this, there will be a range of opportunities to engage with Open School East’s associate artists, to work on individual assignments and to develop personal thinking around arts and social projects.
A number of the associate artists may have specific projects that they are developing and with which they may need support, but there is also the opportunity to simply be part of the programme and develop ideas as time progresses. This could take many forms, from workshops, visits, music technology, portfolio development, researching, making work, creating events, extending skills or just talking about ideas. There are no pre-defined results and it is an open process. We would also look to a monthly group meeting to talk about the project.
We will host an Open Event on Wednesday 18 December at 4pm: Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ.
Aims and Objectives of Placement Project
- To extend the learning and artistic practice of local young people by connecting them with practicing artists and the associated programme that OSE offers
- To break down the entry barriers that young people from East London experience, when attempting to access opportunities in the creative and arts sector
- To offer opportunities for exposure to events, conversations and ideas that may aid in the broader understanding of cultural practice and enable young people to make informed decisions about their future
- To ensure that legacies from the OSE project are retained within the local community
- To curate an exhibition as a culmination of the placement
- To engage the local community in an element of programme that supports Associates’ projects
- To plan a series of events during the OSE project up to July 2014
- To document the process for personal development (through a range of media including photography, film, drawing, journals, blogging and social media)
- Research skills relevant to a professional project
- Ideas development
- Portfolio development
- One-to-one or group mentoring to discuss areas of arts practice
- To support an Associate in the development and delivery of a project element
For more information on how to apply, please email us at: email@example.com
About Shoreditch Trust
Shoreditch Trust is a charity which supports and empowers communities to tackle inequality and exclusion across deprived neighbourhoods in the London Borough of Hackney and beyond. The Trust runs the award-winning Waterhouse Restaurant, offers a range of health and wellbeing projects and produces the annual Shoreditch Festival.
INTERGENERATIONAL RADIO WORKSHOP
Since early November 2013, Open School East has been running an intergenerational workshop on radio-making, titled Parallel Radio. It has welcomed so far 25 participants who live in and around Hackney. Under the guidance of artists and radio professionals, the group has produced a radio programme, which will air on Resonance 104.4fm on Friday 20th December, at 8pm.
The theme of the workshop and of the radio programme is music playback as a trigger for conversation and generator for new ideas. It’s about sharing the hidden gems in your music collection, songs you used to listen to or your latest favorite tune from any genre, style or place, as well as exploring each others’ music collections. Past and future collide, ideas about listening, recording, playback and distribution are considered, stories are told about tracks and compared with others; remixes are imagined; different types of media (tape, vinyl record, CD, mp3, spotify, mobile phone, etc) are experimented with; and interviews, jingles and soundscapes are produced.
Parallel Radio will resume in January 2014 (dates and times to be announced) and is open to more people with an interest in making radio and in music. Parallel Radio is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 26, and to people over the age of 55. The group is encouraged to develop skills in the area they are most interested in – script writing, vox pop, interviews, sound effects, field recording, mixing, editing, etc.
If you are interested, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy Town Art Pottery
TROY TOWN ART POTTERY RESIDENCIES
Troy Town Art Pottery is a radical and psychedelic ceramic workshop for artists. Founded in response to dwindling ceramics access in London, our workshop is fully equipped and is available to use for 5 resident artists at a time for two week periods.
Troy Town Art Pottery does not recognise the vessel form, and accordingly is intended for the production of ceramic sculpture outside of the auspices of craft and design. While almost all of the necessary technical knowledge for the production of ceramic sculpture comes from the world of craft and design, it is our belief that ceramics is better suited as a free material, completely divorced from its status as a facile material for holding liquid. This inherent capability of ceramic material is therefore treated as erroneous. We aim to promote ceramics as a sculptural corollary to painting and drawing, and as a medium which is inexpensive and easy to work with (once the requisite equipment is made available).
How does the residency function?
The facility is available upon brief application to the TTAP board, which currently consists of Aaron Angell (artist), Joe Scotland (director, Studio Voltaire) and Open School East directors. TTAP is a not-for-profit organisation, and the cost of using the workshop is heavily subsidised for successful applicants. We are asking each resident artist to contribute either a £50 donation to cover costs of basic materials and studio maintenance, or their time to coordinate a workshop in the pottery for local individuals and families, during the month in which they are a resident. Some specialist materials, such as exotic glazes and clays, will have to be bought personally by the artist, if required.
A residency consists of up to one week studio time for the making of pieces (the first week of every month), followed by a week’s break for the drying-out of pieces prior to firing (the second week of every month). Artists can then return for up to a week for glazing, firing and finishing (the third week of the month). This timescale may be adjusted on an ad-hoc basis, depending on the types of works produced in the pottery. At the end of each residency, the works produced by the artists will be presented to the public on the occasion of an open evening. All works produced at Troy Town Art Pottery remain the property of the resident artists.
Applying to the residency
Anybody may apply at anytime, successful applicants will be offered studio time for a range of dates and will be able to choose when they want to use the studio. Priority will generally be given to those artists who have no experience with ceramics, and those with practices diametrically opposed to ceramics production.
Please title the file as your name and indicate it is a TTAP application. For example: JOHN_SMITH_TTAP_APPLICATION.PDF
Our kiln is a K&F FL-230 front loading electric kiln, it has a capacity of 226 litres / 8 Cubic feet, the chamber dimensions are 610 x 610 x 700 mm. We can fire to 1300ºC. We also have a geared electric wheel, and a wide selection of other tools and equipment. Our clay reserved for residents includes a range of earthenware and stoneware clays, including porcelain.
TTAP also incorporates Gallery Peacetime, an exhibition space which exists inside of a large Axolotl aquarium in the corner of the workshop.
TTAP is fully wheelchair accessible (including all pottery equipment except for the electric wheel).
Troy Town Art Pottery is a project by Aaron Angell. The studio manager is Maxime Iten. It is run co-operatively and is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Create London and Open School East. It is currently hosted by Open School East.
Recordings of past debates
Architecture of the De Beauvoir Tow Estate: A discussion between Wilson Briscoe and Owen Hatherley
Participants: Wilson Briscoe (architect based in London who practiced at Burley Associates during the design De Beauvoir Estate in the 1960s), and Owen Hatherley (writer and journalist based in London who writes on the political aesthetics of architecture, urbanism and popular culture).
Radical community arts centres in 1970s and 1980s Hackney: what legacy?
Participants: Graham Downes (Cultural Partnerships), Asya Gefter (photography practitioner and researcher) and Pete Young (founder of PhotoChats darkroom at Chats Palace), Amit S. Rai (writer, researcher, organiser), Rosa Vilbr (oral historian), Ken Worpole (writer).
Art, School, Society
Participants: Elena Crippa (curator, researcher and lecturer), Alistair Hudson (deputy director, Grizedale Arts), Janna Graham (projects curator, Serpentine Gallery), Ahmet Öğüt (artist and initiator of The Silent University).
Team & Board
Anna Colin, co-director and co-founder
Laurence Taylor, co-director and co-founder
Matthew Darbyshire, artist
Sarah McCrory, director, Glasgow International and OSE co-founder
Zoe McLeod, consultant, Counterculture LLP
Emily Pethick, director, The Showroom
Sam Thorne, artistic director, Tate St Ives and OSE co-founder
Hadrian Garrard, Create London
Sean Gregory, Barbican
Louise Jeffreys, Barbican
Yemi Awosile is a London-based designer working in the field of materials and textiles. Her work is process driven and explores experimental colour and tactility. It often lends itself to collaboration and is applied to interior architecture, transportation and products. Recent exhibitions and commissions include: Whites Nights Installation, Victoria and Albert Museum (2012); Tom Dixon Portobello Dock, Be Open Space, London (2012); Centre Commercial, Concept Store, Paris (2012); British Council New Silk Road Project, Alhamra Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan (2010), Design for Future Sustainability + Innovation, The Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon, Portugal (2007).
Ania Bas is an artist currently preoccupied with language. She is interested in dialogue and collaboration and is continuously inspired by everyday life. Through her work she explores connections between people and places. The work she makes with others takes different form: events, performances, actions, texts, visual essays and publications.
Lucy Beech was born 1985 in Sheffield. Working predominantly with video, a central focus of her work is an exploration of how performance is initiated in non-theatrical environments as a tool for transforming private stories and experiences into public communicative acts. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: One Another’s company, IMT London (2011); Fordham Gallery at Maddox Arts, Maddox Arts, London (2009); OUTPOST Norwich; and Plaza Plaza, London (both 2013). Lucy has also been working collaboratively with Edward Thomasson since 2007, developing performance works for both theatre and gallery contexts including: the 2nd Biennale de Belleville, Paris (2012); Open House, South London Gallery (2012); and 7 Year Itch, More Soup and Tart, Barbican Theatre, London (2011).
Andrea Francke was born in Peru and is based in London. She is currently developing two main research projects. ‘Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A Collection of Pragmatic Propositions for a Better Future’ explores issues surrounding childcare in collaboration with local nurseries, childminders, children’s centres and parent groups, and looks for new models and possibilities. It uses 1960s and 1970s DIY culture as a frame of reference to question political, pedagogical, social and economical structures around parenting. ‘The Piracy Project’, a collaboration with Eva Weinmayr as part of the AND Publishing programme, is an exploration of the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy.
Charlie George runs her own dance company Dark Island Dance. She produces dance for festivals, music videos and independent productions, working to an original theme or concept – usually favouring the margins, edges and underbelly in society. The outcome is often multi-disciplinary: it merges film, theatre, text, animation and circus, and also uses alternative sites and spaces. Charlie’s other work is as a community dance artist and fitness instructor: she delivers accessible dance and fitness training to a wide variety of groups including children, young people, older people and those with dementia, mental health issues and disabilities.
Jonathan Hoskins moved to De Beauvoir in 2006. Since then, his sculptural production has been redirected by studies in politics and anthropology, and community organising work, towards video, text and ethnography. He is currently researching Bow Creek, an area of East London formed by waterways, thoroughfares, disparate communities and multiple histories. His most recent exhibition was ‘Plus Ultra (Go Further Beyond)’ at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, in 2013.
Ross Jardine was born in Epsom. He uses a research-based approach to examine the relationship between landscape and individual/collective action. Outcomes are often presented as performative actions recorded by photographs and videos. Recent exhibitions include: Heritage is a Bogus History, And/Or Gallery; Platform: In the Making, Site Gallery; and Les Télévisions, French Riviera Gallery.
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates meticulously worked drawings and objects, and makes narrative performances and videos. His work layers irony and sincerity to form a stupid-clever critique of art and philosophy’s interactions with everyday human activity. Recent exhibitions include: The ARKA Group, Space in Between, London (2012); ‘The Festival’, the Royal Standard, Liverpool (2010); Possible Monuments, the Lombard Method, Birmingham (2010); Night Loops, Legion TV, London (2013); A Starry Messenger, Porters, Cardiff (2013); and Joint Ventures, Oval Space, London (2012).
Graham Reid grew up in Loughborough and moved to London eight years ago to study drawing at Camberwell. Drawing is still a starting point for most of his work; he often uses notation of architectural drawing and translates it into objects. Shifting trends in urban development and the palette of designs it creates is something that fascinates him. Important to his practice is the architectural framework that each work exists in and around: working directly onto spaces with temporary installations to allow the environment to feed into the work.
Eva Rowson completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2007 and during that time collaborated with several self-organised art collectives including Monitor, Polka Flock and Black Dogs, with whom she continues to work. Since moving to London in 2008, she has worked at Tate in a variety of roles including fundraising, business planning and project management, alongside developing an independent curatorial and artistic practice. In 2010, she co-started 38b, opening up the living room of her Peckham flat as an ad hoc exhibition space for artists and curators to test ideas and show new work.
Lisa Skuret is an artist and writer whose practice explores interdisciplinary and micropolitical strategies. One of her central concerns is knowledge-production, and her practice investigates forms of knowledge regarded perhaps as tangential or superseded, often through live work. Fiction writing (including sound, voice, and movement) is a component of both her live and installed work in which she creates performative responses to exhibitions, artworks, and everyday spaces. Skuret works both independently and collectively with international art research groups such as Vision Forum (Linköpings University, Sweden). Recent exhibitions and live events have taken place at a Swedenborgian Church in London; a Museum of Work in Sweden; Spike Island, Bristol; and David Roberts Art Foundation, London.
Tommy Ting (b. 1989, Vancouver) is interested in investigating and reconstructing narratives that become marginalized through the processes of historicisation. Working primarily with photography and sculpture, Ting weaves together both anecdotal and historical research to mediate almost-forgotten events and subjects as a means to interrogate the contemporary. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Access Gallery, Vancouver (2014); Organhaus, Chongqing (2013) and Oriel Davies, Newtown (2012). Public art works include The Crying Room, Vancouver (2013) and Piazza Italia, Vancouver (2013).
Open School East
Old Rose Lipman Library
43 De Beauvoir Rd
London N1 5SQ
Open School East is fully wheelchair accessible.
For all enquiries you can email us here: email@example.com
Open School East welcomes ideas for space use. If you are a local resident or organisation and are looking for a space from which to run free one-off, weekly or monthly cultural and/or educational activities (classes, workshops, meetings, events, etc), please contact us.
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