About Us

Our History

OPEN was founded in July 2010 by a group of local artists and residents with the support of local organisations such as Pathways and A2Dominion and community groups, West Ealing Neighbours and Ealing Arts + Leisure. The project has had access to numerous high street spaces from which operate its artistic programming.

In January 2013 the constituted community group became a limited company, OPEN Ealing Limited, and started the process of becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2019:

2011-12

OPEN launches it’s first arts centre. Occupying a five storey office block on the Uxbridge Road. OPEN establishes itself as a creative platform and partner for many organisations and groups in the borough.

The building included:

6 self contained artist studios, two dedicated gallery spaces, dance studio, general purpose space and dedicated adult and childrens education spaces.

2013-14

OPEN takes over a high street shop space in West Ealing. It operated a series of theatre performances, art installations and workshops.

2014-18

OPEN launches the Orchard Cafe in West Ealing and operated a predominantly education, music and theatre focused programme.

2019

OPEN launches a pop-up shop in Ealing Broadway and exhibited over 80 artist works within the first two months.

Operations

Mandie Wilde

Founding member and Operations Director. Mandie is an expert in delivering community-focused projects

Jack Jones

Founding member and curator for OPEN Ealing. Jack graduated from Camberwell College of art in 2010 and has exhibited internationally.

governance

Ruth Holmstock

“I came to London, from Merseyside, to study at the Architectural Association. Firmly believing that everybody needs a secure home I made my career in the development of social and special needs housing. I was chair of a local Housing Association for some years. Alongside the day job I have been a designer, maker and tutor of machine knitting and a specialist dressmaker, making ice skating costumes. Nowadays my main creative interest is in collage.”

Nick Pearson

He teaches on the Foundation Art & Design and BA Graphic Design courses at London College of Contemporary Arts, he lectures in art history at Richmond Art School and is a regular contributing lecturer to day schools at The University of Oxford.

In 2010 he helped set up OPEN Ealing. He was its first artistic director and is still an occasional lecturer and active member of the board of trustees. Nick also runs occasional public guided tours of Londons major galleries and temporary exhibitions.

Tim Bourne

After a career of over 30 years in and around the Broadcasting Industry, Tim stepped back from full time work in 2012 focusing on voluntary roles with community based organisations. As well as a degree in Engineering Tim has a Masters degree in Mass Communications, and an MBA.

David Emmanuel Noel FRSA

A multidisciplinary artist/curator. David has worked with charities and organisations such as the NSPCC, NHS agencies, The London Borough of Lambeth and The New York Mayors Office on projects exploring the social, economic and therapeutic benefits of the arts.

The energy for his collaborations and support for OPEN Ealing’s mission comes from a constant desire to reveal the true value of the creative industries and how each artistic discipline provides a therapeutic component and social benefit to society.

Ina Ballik M.Sc.Eng.

Sustainability Consultant and international Climate Change and Management Systems Expert. Born and raised in Germany her innate curiosity and passion for cultures, languages and new learnings took her to Mexico, where she concluded her Masters degree in Environmental Engineering, working in a bilateral development project with the German and Mexican government.