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Open School East co-directors Anna Colin (centre) and Laurence Taylor (right), with  Ayaan Bulale, OSE communications and events manager
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2017 – How was it for you? #8: Anna Colin and Laurence Taylor, co-directors, Open School East

Beginning with a move from East London to Margate, 2017 has been an eventful time for Open School East that has included becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in the 2018-22 funding round. With the accessibility of art education becoming an evermore vital issue for the visual arts, its co-directors look back on their first year by the sea.

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Barby Asante with installation image from The Queen and the Black Eyed Squint, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, November 2017 Photo: Edgar Arceneaux
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2017 – How was it for you? #7: Barby Asante, artist, curator, educator

Barby Asante started the year with work featured in ‘Untitled’ at New Art Exchange, Nottingham and is currently part of the ‘Starless Midnight’ show at Baltic, Gateshead. The London-based artist, who was also part of the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice, reflects on a year of career highs and the tragedy of Grenfell.

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Participants for Grand Union's Curatorial Curriculum 2017. Photo: Grand Union
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2017 – How was it for you? #6: Grand Union, Birmingham

The Birmingham gallery and artists’ studios was added to Arts Council England’s national portfolio this year, marking a new chapter in its development. Programme director Kim McAleese and associate curator Seán Elder map out the before and after of “a pretty incredible year”.

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