Open School East is a space for artistic learning that is free, experimental, collaborative and brings together diverse voices. We provide tuition and studio space to emerging artists, run learning activities for young people and adults, commission artists to develop participatory projects, and produce and host cultural events and social activities for and with everyone.
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.
Our approach is innovative, versatile and inclusive: we equip artists at an early stage of their career with the tools to become resourceful and self-sufficient, and enable participants to shape their experience and creative voice by becoming active learners and co-producers of OSE’s programmes.
Open School East was founded in 2013 in East London and relocated to Margate, Kent in 2017.