Call out 2019

Deadline for applications:
Thursday 11 October 2018, 5pm

Open evening:
Thursday 27 September 2018, 6-7.30pm

We are seeking applications from emerging artists, writers, musicians, dancers, researchers, curators and producers to join the sixth year of Open School East’s independent, self-directed and outward-facing development programme.

At Open School East, we are committed to improving the diversity of our organisation as a whole and building inclusive cultures every day. Therefore we encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds, generations and sections of the community, both with and without formal training.

Associates Programme overview

The Associates Programme is a free, 11-month long development programme offering a critical, informal and non-competitive environment in which to develop your practice and expand your networks. The programme is run according to principles of collaboration, experimentation and openness, and welcomes those who engage with these notions in different ways.

We provide the associates with:

  • Shared workspace, accessible 24/7;
  • Weekly tuition and mentorship from internationally renowned practitioners, theorists and programmers;
  • The opportunity to conceive a public programme of workshops and events around their practice and shared interests;
  • Regular opportunities to showcase work and carry out short residencies at regional and national venues;
  • Critical, pastoral and practical support;
  • Seed-funding to develop, research or initiate a project.

In return and 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 does the associates programme function?

The associates come together two days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) to receive tuition, meet their mentors, work and collaborate on projects, and plan public activities.

Tuition is delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars, group crits and excursions, many of which are open to the public. While at OSE, the associates share their practice via open events at different times throughout the year, and develop new work and/or research to be presented at a final group exhibition and events series.

The associates programme is structured around three terms:

  • Titled ‘Margate is a campus’, Term 1 seeks to immerse the associates in the fabric of Margate, treating a range of public, private and offsite locations as learning sites. ‘Margate is a campus’ involves collective learning, skills development and the realisation of small-scale projects under the leadership of the OSE mentors and other leading guest practitioners working across varied fields.
  • In Term 2, the associates work in smaller groups, undertaking residencies and working with partner organisations. The associates direct their own learning – informed by their practice and shared interests – and develop a programme of public workshops and events for Margate’s diverse communities.
  • In Term 3, while tuition, mentoring, residencies and public programming continue, the associates further concentrate on the realisation of a final individual project.

The mentors

The mentors provide one-to-one support in the development of the associates’ practice and projects, and lead theoretical and practical group sessions. The mentors come in at regular intervals, between once and twice a term.

The mentors for 2019 are: Benedict Drew, Marguerite Humeau, Paul Maheke, Sophie Mallett, Sally O’Reilly, Trish Scott and Maki Suzuki.

The associates

Associates at Open School East are emerging practitioners of different generations, with or without a BA, MA or formal qualification, who are seeking a critical, informal and non-competitive environment in which to develop their practice. We are particularly committed to supporting applicants from under-represented backgrounds and without formal training.

You will join a group of approximately 15 associates from a diverse range of practices and backgrounds. We are interested in creating a pluridisciplinary environment and as such welcome artists, writers, musicians, dancers, researchers, curators and producers who seek to interact with people from other disciplines.

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.

The space

Open School East is in the process of relocating within Margate and the final space, from which the associates will work in 2019, is yet to be confirmed.

Facilities will include: a shared workspace; a workshop and events space; basic tools, equipment and materials; a comprehensive library; and kitchen and bathroom access.

Practical information

The Associates Programme will start on 11 February and run until 10 December 2018, with breaks at Easter and in August. Teaching, tutorials and group meetings are concentrated on Mondays and Tuesdays (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 associates should not engage in residencies and other durational activities, including starting an BA or MA, while undertaking OSE’s associates 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, our Kent-based team are happy to offer advice with finding accommodation and getting started in Margate.

How to apply

Please note we take applications from individuals only.

Please prepare one single pdf file, no larger than 5mb, and title it following this model: Firstname_Surname.pdf

The PDF should contain:

  1. A statement: we would like to hear about your background, practice and current artistic and/or theoretical interests. 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 structure, the mentors and the overall ethos and structure of Open School East relate to your interests and practice? Please limit your response to 600 words.
  2. A CV: this should include your date of birth, address, telephone number, email and online links to your work if relevant (2 sides of A4 max).
  3. A portfolio of up to 12 pages presenting your recent work: please include images, captions, text and links to video and sound works stored on the Internet – please do not send us wetransfer links.

For applicants who would prefer not to apply in writing, we are happy to accept audio (in mp3 format) or audiovisual files that address the above criteria and are no longer than 5 minutes in length.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 11 October 2018, 5pm and the address to send your pdf to is: You will receive an automated answer confirming receipt of your application.

Prospective associates will be selected on the following criteria: demonstration of commitment to chosen art form and quality of ideas and forms; a recognised need to access free and non-conventional education; and willingness to work collaboratively, be self-directed and to work with members of the public.

All shortlisted applicants will hear from us by Thursday 18 October and will be invited to OSE for a meeting, which will form part of the assessment process. 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.

The meeting will last 30 minutes and take place on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October 2018, at Open School East or over Skype, for those applying from outside the UK or unable to travel. You will meet OSE co-directors Anna Colin and Laurence Taylor, OSE mentor Maki Suzuki, and a former associate. You will introduce yourself and your work, we will ask you questions and you will have the opportunity to ask us questions in turn. We encourage applicants to come to Margate for the meeting when possible, in order to meet us and get a sense of Open School East and Margate.

For additional questions on the application process, you can email Ayaan Bulale, OSE’s communications manager at: Before emailing us your questions and applying, we encourage you to have a thorough look at our website.

Open evening

We’re organising one open evening for prospective applicants to meet the OSE team and current associates on Thursday 27 September 2018, 6-7.30pm.

Join us at:

Open School East
50 Athelstan Road
Margate CT9 2BH