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 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

Public & Trusts and Foundations
Arts Council England
Kent County Council
Big Lottery Fund
Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust
Freelands Foundation

The Associates Programme is generously supported by Sarah and Gerard Griffin.

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

Want to support Despacito?

If you would like to support the important work we are doing with 5 to 12 year old children from the local area through the Despacito Art School, we have a special fund to keep the programme going.

The BBC even made a documentary about it!

To support Despacito, please contact Anna Colin, OSE’s Director at:

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 receptions and events – in Margate, London and beyond – including special projects, artists commissions and our annual graduate show.

The only difference between our Fans is the level at which you are able to support us and the limited-edition token that you receive by way of thanks for doing so:

  • OSE Pinholder: As a Pinholder, you make an annual gift of £3,000 and become the holder of a limited-edition enamel pin designed by a leading artist. You may also pass on the pin to someone else in your circle who will wear it against an annual gift.
  • OSE Fan: When you become a Fan, you make an annual gift of between £1,000 and £1,500 and receive an OSE Mentor-designed limited edition fan as a marker of support.
  • OSE BFF: Our BFFs make an annual gift of £150 and receive an OSE Associate-designed tattoo (it’s temporary and washable, don’t panic).

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