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 Associates Programme;
- A multifaceted programme of events, activities and training free of charge and open to all.
Open School East works to develop the talent of artists at an early stage of their career and to 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 programmes outwards, responding to our locality and providing an informal environment for the sharing of knowledge and skills across all communities.
Open School East was founded in 2013 and until 2016 operated from the Rose Lipman Building, a former library and community centre in De Beauvoir Town, East London. In 2017, we relocated to the ground floor of the Pettman building in the coastal town of Margate in Kent.