OSE Public Programme 2024

This year’s Associate-led Public Programme, Where Echo Lies, takes us to the edges of our experience, where it is dark, and all is not necessarily clear. Plunging into new depths, the programme thinks through deep time and the unconscious mind. What forms of solace might be found in the night that cannot emerge in the light of day? What might we hear when surrounded by this darkness? Through myth making, spectatorship, performance, and painting, you are invited to look inward and ask how can our experience help us understand what lies beneath the knowable?

We’re excited to announce our continued partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme.

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Turner Contemporary’s work extends beyond showcasing world-class exhibitions, to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

You can find the schedule for this years programme below ~ all events held as part of the programme are FREE and booking is required – ticket links for events are typically released 1 month prior to start dates.

For other enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: george@openschooleast.org

Programme Events:

Back to the Cave with Tracey Rose

Join OSE Associate Middleton Maddocks for a conversation with the artist Tracey Rose from her travelling retrospective Shooting Down Babylon at the Kunstmuseum Bern.

🗓️ Wednesday 14 February, 6.00PM – 7.30PM (GMT)

📍 Online

The Night Alphabet with Joelle Taylor

Join T. S. Eliot & Polari Prize award-winning poet Joelle Taylor for an evening of live readings from her debut novel ‘The Night Alphabet’ and an in-conversation with OSE Associate Alex Vellis. 

🗓️ Wednesday 21 February, 5.30PM – 8.00PM

📍 Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG

Ultra DIY Open-Wave Receiver with Shortwave Collective

Join OSE Associate Nikki Sheth and members of Shortwave Collective to learn about and build a simple homemade radio receiver, an ‘Open Wave-Receiver’.

🗓️ Wednesday 27 March, 2.00PM – 5.30PM

📍 Open School East, 39 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1NY

Fluid Images: Painting Workshop with Gwennan Thomas

Join OSE Associate Gwennan Thomas for a painting workshop which will look at image making through working with fragments of poetic prose and film stills. The focus of the workshop will be on working with fluid and intuitive painting processes.

🗓️ Saturday 27 April, 2.00PM – 4.00PM

📍 Open School East, 39 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1NY


Join OSE Associate Emelia Kerr Beale and artist Jamie Crewe for an artist’s talk in which Crewe will discuss ‘DEMONIC HALF-PERSON’, a creative technique that recurs throughout their practice.

🗓️ Wednesday 1 May, 5.45PM – 8.00PM

📍 Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG

Unconscious Reflection with Alice Davies

Join Arts Psychotherapist and Educator Alice Davies and OSE Associate Kenny Mala Ngombe for an experiential art-making workshop. This will be a space for collective and intuitive art-making, where the group dynamic may be considered a microcosm of society at large, and where significant themes that arise through acts of art making and discussion in the group can be explored as meaningful reflections of such.

🗓️ Wednesday 8 May, 5.45PM – 8.00PM

📍 Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG

If I Recall Correctly with Alex Margo Arden

Join artist Alex Margo Arden and OSE Associate Lucia Coppola for a performance and storytelling workshop held in the Margate Caves. Through collective improvisation and performance we will all become tour guides using our own stories to animate and explore the various animals and human figures depicted.

🗓️ Friday 17 May, 5.00PM – 8.00PM

📍 Margate Caves, Margate, CT9 1FG

They Dance in the Dark with RENU (Renu Hossain)

Join percussionist, tabla player, composer and curator RENU (Renu Hossain) for a live performance of They Dance in the Dark, their critically acclaimed 2017 album. Co-facilitated by OSE Associate Jas Dhillon, who will be hosting a Q&A with RENU after the performance.

🗓️ Wednesday 29 May, 5.45PM – 8.00PM

📍 Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG