About

Established in 2013, Open School East is a Margate-based space for artistic and collaborative learning that is free, versatile and non-exclusive.

We provide development opportunities and a workspace for emerging artists of all generations through our Associates Programme; we run short and seasonal courses for adults and young people, including the Despacito Art School; we commission international artists to develop participatory projects; and under the umbrella of our Public Programme, we produce and host a range of cultural events and social activities for and with everyone. In autumn 2019, we will launch the Young Associates Programme, a free, accredited 10-month long art and design course for young people aged 16-18.

Open School East is committed to making the arts a more open sector and to fostering cultural and social exchanges between artists and the broader public. We do this by opening our programmes outwards, responding to our locality, and providing an informal environment for the sharing of knowledge and skills across all communities and generations.

We equip artists at an early stage of their career with the tools to become resourceful and self-sufficient, and enable young people and adults alike to shape their experience and creative voice by becoming active learners and co-producers of OSE’s programmes.

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Short history and location

Open School East was founded in 2013 in East London, where it operated from the first floor of the Rose Lipman Community Centre and former library in De Beauvoir Town for three years. In 2017, we relocated to Margate, Kent, and set base on the ground floor of the Pettmans building, under Resort Studios in the Cliftonville area of Margate. Since February 2019, OSE operates from two locations in Margate: the first floor of the Adult Education Centre, formerly the Thanet School of Arts and Crafts (1931-74), where we deliver all our programmes; and the ground floor of CRATE, where the Associates have a shared workshop and studio space.

The Margate Adult Education Centre, Hawley Square, OSE’s current home.

Pettmans Building, Resort Studios, Margate, OSE’s second home.

Rose Lipman Building, East London, OSE’s first home.