Open School East

Open School East was founded in 2013 in response to spiralling tuition fees and student debt. It was instituted as a space for artistic learning and production that is experimental, versatile and highly collaborative. 

Located in a former library and community centre in East London, OSE is a unique space that brings together:  
– A free study programme for emerging artists;  
– A multifaceted programme of events and activities open to all. 

Central to OSE’s approach is a commitment to foster cultural, intellectual and social exchanges between artists and the broader public. We do this by opening our study programme outwards, responding to our locality and providing an informal environment for the sharing of knowledge and skills across various communities—artistic, local and otherwise.



Three terms over twelve months.

notable alumni

Ève Chabanon,  Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens, Jonathan Hoskins, Anneke Kampman, Daniel Kelly, John Lawrence, Kristin Luke, Paul Maheke Ngamaha, Sophie Mallet, Rosie Morris, Hari Rajaledchumy, Marie Toseland, Laura Yuile.

visiting artists

Ed Atkins, Pablo Bronstein, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, T.J. Demos, Tim Etchells, Paul Goodwin, Janna Graham, Melissa Gronlund, Maria Lind, Phil Minton, Ahmet Ögüt, Sally O’Reilly, Olivia Plender, Hannah Rickards, Daniel Sinsel, Marijke Steedman, Sally Tallant, Ed Webb-Ingall, Richard Wentworth, Catherine Wood, Ellis Woodman.