Open School East is a space for artistic learning that is experimental, versatile and highly collaborative. We run two mutually reinforcing strands:
- A free, year-long learning and studio-based programme for emerging artists – the ‘OSE associates’;
- A multifaceted programme of events, activities and training open to all.
Open School East works to develop the talent of artists at an early stage of their career and equip them with the tools to become resourceful and self-sufficient. Central to Open School East’s approach is a commitment to foster cultural, intellectual and social exchanges between artists and the broader public. We do this by opening our associates programme outwards, responding to our locality and providing an informal environment for the sharing of knowledge and skills across various communities – artistic, local and otherwise.
Open School East was founded in 2013 in response to spiralling tuition fees and student debt, and the decrease in both studio provision and civic spaces. Between 2013 and 2016, Open School East operated from the Rose Lipman Building, a former library and community centre in De Beauvoir Town, East London. In 2017, we relocated to the coastal town of Margate in Kent, where we continue to open up training and creative opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are located on the ground floor of the Pettman building, below Resort Studios, in Cliftonville.