Our building includes four studio spaces offered at a subsidised rate, for up to two years, to our community of artists in Margate – OSE alumni, mentors and close collaborators – who share the organisation’s values.
The roving studio programme is part of our mission to continue supporting the Associates beyond their time at OSE and to facilitate cross pollination between different year groups and practitioners from further afield.
At present, the studios are solely accessible by stairs. We are working on making the building fully accessible. All studios are currently occupied and call outs will be made when they become available.
George Harding is an artist, designer and curator currently based in Margate, Kent. George is the co-director of Well Projects, an artist-led community and gallery space founded in 2018; and the owner of Park Press, a risograph print press and DIY publishing imprint
Holly Hunter is a multidisciplinary artist and facilitator based in Margate, Kent. Her work involves film, writing, sound, performance and workshops.
Her interests include ecology, queer embodiment, science fiction, murky waters and sneaky creatures. She is committed to collaborative practices, non-hierarchical learning spaces and the importance of supportive community as a means of radical growth and resistance.
Sarah Karen is an artist currently exploring textile practises. She is currently working on weaving and repurposing found materials.
She has recently worked with UCA (Canterbury), Well Projects and Selfridges, London. Sarah also co-designs and facilitates the Despacito Art School programme for 5-12 year olds here at Open School East.
Kris Lock (b. 1993) looks to the extraterrestrial and imaginative properties of bodies of water and geographic spaces as a way to navigate geopolitical contexts at the intersections of currency, technology and ecology. Subjects include globalisation, frogs and sinkholes. He is currently co-director at Well Projects, Margate.
Dan is an artist and musician based in Margate. He works across installation, performance, sound and socially-engaged practice and has shared his work at Tate Modern, De La Warr Pavilion, Turner Contemporary, Venice Agendas and Whitstable Biennale, amongst others. He has also recently completed a PhD at the University of the Arts in London on practices of listening within contemporary art. Dan often works collaboratively to create polyvocal works and spaces which encourage participation and co-authorship, using a methodology of listening as a way to hold and develop these encounters. Dan is also a visiting tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, working with theatre design students.
Tom Verity is an artist and designer who works in a variety of fields including sculpture, structure building, and digital design. His most recent projects include designing and building an experimental greenhouse for a local community garden and investigations into fermentation and gut bacteria.