Open School East is an art school and communal space. Emphasising cooperation and experimentation, the project is set up to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills between artists, local residents and community organisations. Open School East comprises three interrelated elements: a year-long studio-based study programme, a shared activity space open to community groups and individuals and a public programme.
A non-accredited study programme, Open School East provides thirteen associates with free tuition from international artists, writers, curators and theorists as well as workspaces, for the course of one academic year. In lieu of paying fees, they are expected to take an active role in devising and running public activities in and around the building. Open for application to artists with wide-ranging practices and intellectual interests, the programme is for anyone interested in thinking critically about what it means to develop a shared building and to work in connection with a local neighbourhood.
Reopening a former library to local groups and individuals is key to the initiative, as is opening out activities generated within the space to different constituencies. Open School East provides local residents and organisations with a space in which to devise and host workshops, classes and events. Open School East also offers free-to-attend skill and knowledge sharing activities and aims to facilitate the development of locally focused projects. These projects promote collaboration between local groups, artists, associates and partner organisations. Open seminars, public presentations of the projects and other events related to Open School East’s activities are held every month.
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