Open School East relies on contributions from public and private funders, as well as individual supporters and patrons, to both develop and deliver our programmes. Vital donations ensure that we can continue to support emerging artists all of ages, whilst engaging new communities in the arts.

Current Supporters

Maureen Paley
And others who wish to remain anonymous


Chris Bailey
Alex Farquharson
Marguerite Humeau
Zoe McLeod
Sam Thorne

Despacito Art School Supporters
Oscar Murillo
Anj Smith
Chris White

Young Associates Programme Supporters
Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust
Freelands Foundation
Modern Provider kindly donates bread for the Young Associates’ daily breakfast

Programmes and Core Costs Supporters
Arts Council England
Sarah and Gerard Griffin
Kent County Council

Open School East was originally commissioned by the Barbican and Create.

Want to support OSE? Join the OSE Fan Club

Fan Club members are generous enablers and ambassadors of our actions and values. Their ongoing feedback and involvement in our work is highly valued.

As an non-exclusive organisation, each and every member of our Fan Club enjoys the same close relationship with OSE’s staff, Trustees, mentors and Associate artists. Fans receive personal invites to a programme of events and receptions – in Margate, London and beyond – including special projects, artists commissions and our annual graduate shows.

The only difference between our Fans is the level at which you are able to support us:

  • OSE BFF: Our BFFs make an annual gift of £150.
  • Despacito Artists Fund: When you contribute to this particular fund, you make an annual gift of £600. You may want to watch documentary the BBC made about Despacito.
  • OSE Fan: When you become a Fan, you make an annual gift of between £1,000 and £1,500 or above.
  • OSE Programme Supporter: When you become a Programme Supporter, you support a chosen programme at the level of £5,000 a year for an ideal commitment of 3 years.

To join the OSE Fan Club, please contact Anna Colin, OSE’s Director at: