The Open School is an ongoing project taking place onsite at Bethlem Royal Hospital.
It takes as its inspiration the tradition of underground educational institutions, from the historic 'Flying University' in Poland to the recent 'Copenhagen Free University'.
The Open School is not constrained by a formal curriculum, instructors or dedicated buildings. Instead it is constituted by a set of practices or behaviours - activities that in some way question or make visible aspects of the hospital site.
Artists at The Open School can be 'insiders' or 'outsiders', visitors, staff or residents; they engage in making, performing, intervening and reflecting, sometimes acting alone but more often than not working in collaboration with others.
The purpose of the School is to provide a context within which these activities can be recognised as valuable by participants and onlookers alike.
For more information please contact Michaela.Ross@slam.nhs.uk