Call out 2018

Deadline for applications:
Monday 9 October 2017, 5pm

Open evening:
Thursday 21 September, 6-7.30pm

We are seeking applications from emerging artists to join the fifth year of Open School East (OSE), an independent, self-directed and outward-facing artist development programme. Our Associates Programme is free, non-accredited and a year-long, starting in January 2018 and running until December 2018.


The associates come together two days a week (Thursdays and Fridays) to receive tuition, meet their mentors, work and collaborate on projects, and plan activities. Tuition is delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars, group crits and excursions, a number of which are open to the public. While at OSE, the associates share their practice via open studios at different times throughout the year, and develop new work to be presented at a final group exhibition and events series.

The associates programme is structured around three terms. Term 1 is about immersion and the realisation of a project through collective learning. For this, we invite an artist to conceive the curriculum. In contrast, Term 2 and 3 are shaped by the associates who self-direct their learning around their practice and shared interests, and formulate a programme of public workshops and events. Throughout the year, opportunities to participate in public projects led by guest artists and to respond to invitations from external organisations are offered to the associates.

In 2018, the curriculum for Term 1 will be developed by artist Marguerite Humeau, whose work combines prehistory, archaeology, occult biology and science fiction to resuscitate the past, conflate the subterranean and subcutaneous, all the while updating the quest genre for the information age. We, as a studio, will go on a three-month quest to design unknown and invisible worlds. We will excavate evidence and attempt to prototype unreachable ecosystems: define the protagonists, their interrelationships, triggering points, their origins and their ends. Involving a number of guest workshop leaders from a range of disciplines, the adventure will result in a collective project that will be produced / assembled/ performed by us at the end of the three-month expedition.

The mentors

Each year, we invite six mentors to provide one-to-one support in the development of the associates’ practice and projects, as well as to lead theoretical and practical group sessions. The mentors come in at regular intervals, between once and twice a term. The mentors for 2018 are: Matthew Darbyshire, Paul Maheke, Sophie Mallett, Sally O’Reilly, Trish Scott and Maki Suzuki.

The associates

Associates at Open School East are early-career practitioners with or without a BA, MA or formal artistic qualification, who are seeking a critical and informal environment in which to develop their practice.

Former associates continue to work collaboratively and programme events and projects at OSE, engaging in dialogue with the current associates and forming a growing alumni community.

Practical information 

The study programme will start on 11 January and run until 21 December 2018, with breaks at Easter and in August. Teaching, tutorials and group meetings are concentrated on Thursdays and Fridays (daytime and some evenings), however these might occasionally take place on other days. Successful applicants will need to ensure they can fully commit to OSE for the duration of the programme. Accordingly, the associate artists should not engage in residencies and other durational activities while undertaking OSE’s study programme.

Open School East being a non-accredited programme, we regret that we are not able to sponsor visa applications for overseas associates. Open School East does not grant bursaries, nor does it provide associates with accommodation. However, we offer assistance with finding accommodation and getting started in Margate.

Application, selection and requirements

Open School East associates are selected following a yearly open call advertised locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The call leads to shortlisting and interviews, where prospective applicants are selected on the following criteria: artistic quality; a recognised need to access free and non-conventional education; the ability and willingness to work collaboratively, be self-directed and to enter into a meaningful dialogue with various types of audiences.

We aim to constitute a group of artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and practices. Please note we take applications from individuals only.

By joining OSE, the associates commit to take an active role in making Open School East a site for social, cultural and intellectual exchanges, with particular relevance to our neighbourhood. In lieu of paying fees, each associate gives the equivalent of one day every month to devise, run or assist with public events and activities.

How to apply

Please prepare a single pdf file, no larger than 5mb, titled following this model:

The PDF should contain:
1. A statement: we would like to hear about your background, practice and current artistic preoccupations. What do you hope to gain from attending Open School East at this point in your practice, and what qualities and ideas can you bring? How do the proposed curriculum for Term 1, the mentors and the overall ethos and structure of Open School East relate to your interests, practice and personality? Please limit your response to 800 words (2 sides of A4 in 12 point size max).
2. A CV: this should include your address, telephone number, email and URL if relevant (2 sides of A4 max).
3. A portfolio presenting your recent work: please include images, captions, text and links to video and sound works stored on the Internet (up to 12 pages).

The deadline for applications is Monday 9 October 2017, 5pm and the address to send your pdf to is: You will receive an automated answer confirming the reception of your application.

Shortlisted applicants will hear from OSE by Friday 20 October. Non-shortlisted applicants will be notified by that date too. We expect a high number of applications; for this reason we are only able to give personalised feedback to applicants who are shortlisted for interview.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November 2017, in Margate or over Skype, for those applying from outside the UK or unable to travel. The selection panel will comprise the OSE team, Marguerite Humeau and a former associate.

For additional questions on the application process, you can email us at:

Before emailing us your questions and before applying, we encourage you to read about OSE on our website, particularly the Associates Programme page and the Associates’ Projects page, as well as a the recent article written by Chris Sharratt in Art & Education.

Open evening

We’re organising one open evening for prospective applicants to meet the OSE team and current associates.

Thursday 21 September, 6-7.30pm

Join us at:
Open School East
50 Athelstan Rd
Margate CT9 2BH