Please read our COVID measures which we have adopted at our arts centre since the Government relaxed the regulations on 19 July.

Throughout the pandemic, OPEN has taken every necessary and recommended step to keep our customers and team safe. Even though the Government has confirmed the move to step four on the road map from 19 July, we shall continue to implement steps to keep everyone coming to the centre safe and help rebuild people’s confidence.

We’ve thought about things carefully and what to do to make sure you enjoy your time with us. These steps include:

  • continuing to limit our capacity for classes, performances and events. The numbers will vary according to the activity; but the overall capacity will be no higher than two-thirds full.
  • seating people from separate bookings apart from each other.
  • continuing to sanitise all equipment before and after each activity.
  • continue to project tutors’ demonstrations on the screen so you easily see what they are doing
  • retaining the NHS track and trace system so people can sign in as they visit our centre.

Thank you for taking the time to read our COVID measures. We look forward to seeing you.

For more information about the Covid road map, please click on this link

If you want more information on our classes click on Creative

To find out about our performances, gigs and events please click on Events

If you want to know more about classes for children and young people click on Young People

Finally, if you want information about art materials and suppliers click this link

Please read our Coronavirus rules which we have adopted at our arts centre. We’ve thought about things carefully and what to do to make sure you enjoy your time with us. This is what we have done to keep you safe:

  • Entry into the centre is via the double glass doors in the centre of the building
  • When you leave after a class, please use the fire exit doors in the studios
  • Please scan our QR code so we can keep track and trace up to date
  • We’ve put hand sanitiser in the foyer for you to use when you come into the building
  • Please wear a mask whilst you are moving around; unless you are exempt
  • We’ve limited the number of people who can attend our courses and performances so we meet the social distancing guidelines
  • We project tutors’ demonstrations onto a screen so you can easily see what they are doing from your chair
  • We sanitise all equipment before and after each class
  • The door handles and washrooms are cleaned hourly

Thank you for taking the time to read our coronavirus rules. We look forward to seeing you.

If you want more information about the Covid road map, please click on this link

If you want more information on our classes click on Creative

If you want to know more about our events click on Events

If you want to know more about classes for children and young people click on Young People

Finally, if you want information about art materials and suppliers click this link

Ealing Council has announced Three Grants for Ealing Businesses.
Businesses in Ealing can submit an application for up to £25,000 of funding from one of three business grants: the aviation sector grant; the cultural sector grant and the COVID hardship grant.

The grants are part of the government’s additional restrictions grant scheme, a discretionary fund awarded to the council to help local businesses who are not eligible for other forms of financial support and have fixed ongoing costs such as rent or mortgage payments, loans or lease agreements for capital equipment or rental of workspaces.

The cultural sector grant is aimed at cultural organisations and individual creatives who work in the creative and digital industries, the arts and businesses who contribute to the borough’s cultural economy.

Applicants for the aviation sector and cultural sector grant schemes should familiarise themselves with the council’s draft ‘Greenprint’ plan to help with the borough’s economic recovery and renewal.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 Friday, 19 March.

Head over to the Council’s website for more information and the application form

We’re moving classes online during the January and February lockdown. The OPEN team is working with the workshop facilitators to move as many of our planned courses online as possible. We have all committed to doing everything we can to make the courses and events accessible. We shall provide support notes and links to recorded sessions. We’ll resume face to face classes when it is safe to do so. If you want to join a class, check the What’s On and Event pages. Fresh Art Club and Start Studios run sessions for children and are also online for the time being.

It might be a while before we are able to host live performances so we are also exploring options to stream events including theatre, spoken word and music direct to your living room. The Healing Comedy Club is ready to return after Easter presenting their varied comedy programme.

In December we became one of the partners in The Curated Collective’s popup shop. The shop is in the Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre. Nine local artists contributed to our section. Even though the shop is closed, shopping online is available and we’ll be promoting the work in the shop via social media.

Although we’re moving classes online, we shall continue to offer a variety of short courses and one off sessions. Keep checking our website and Facebook pages.

We have new classes and events at OPEN in the lead up to the Christmas break. Starting on Wednesday 2 December we shall have a mixed programme of classes and events to tempt your creativity.

We have taken care to implement procedures and processes to keep us complaint with the current Covid guidelines. We limit the number of people attending a class or event and sanitise all equipment before and after use. Our rooms are large so everyone is socially distanced.

Join us if you want to improve your painting and drawing skills. Or if you prefer festive theatre, book a seat for A Christmas Carol. You won’t be disappointed with this magical performance by A Wonderful Adventure.

We’ve made some changes to OPEN’s programme during November because of the national lockdown rules. We have stopped our face to face classes and have cancelled all performances scheduled for November.

By working with the course tutors, we shall start to deliver classes online this week. We shall add more courses and workshops during the month.

It’s not just art classes; you can have a virtual tour of a gallery and watch a play. Nick Pearson has organised several entertaining tours of London’s galleries and exhibitions which you can join – just click on this link

If you are interested in an online course please email us:

Our changes to OPEN’s programme follow the Government Guidelines. They advise us to move adult learning courses online where possible. Please visit the Government website if you want information on the guidelines.

We have loved being open again since July and are very sad to be in this position again but, as ever, we will be back open as soon as we possibly can be. In the meantime, we hope you can join us online.

Tier Two affects OPEN performances, but not our workshops.

Since London moved into COVID Tier Two we have looked at what we need to do to continue running a varied artistic programme.


There is no change to our workshop programme. We can continue creative and mindfulness workshops as we have been doing.

  • Class sizes remain limited to a maximum of ten people.
  • Each person has their own 2m table, or socially distanced easel and participants respect each other’s personal space.
  • The team sanitises all equipment before and after each class and washrooms and door handles every hour.
  • We operate a one way system with hand sanitiser at the door. Gloves and disposable masks are available if required.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check into the venue when they arrive. We display the NHS track and trace QR code on the front door and above the hand sanitiser.


Tier Two affects OPEN performances and gigs. We can host performances in front of a live audience, but may have a problems during the interval. We can seat everyone in their household bubble at a safe distance from the next group. However people must remain in their seats and not mingle, which is usually part of the event’s experience. The team and our performance partners are looking at ways in which we can change to make sure people continue to enjoy their evening.

We’ve cancelled Healing Comedy Club gigs until we can solve the conundrum.

Tier Two Guidelines:

If you want to read more about Tier Two and how it affects you, please go to the Government Website

Join us for a watercolour workshop at Greenford Quay and explore your creativity.

In the three hour workshop you will learn techniques, tips and tricks to help you master the art of watercolour painting. Tutor Gail Astbury will show you how to draw inspiration from your surroundings and how to gather the information you need to create your own artwork..

This workshop is for anyone who

  • loves to paint
  • wants to improve their technique with watercolours
  • wants to get together with other enthusiasts  
  • would like to develop a personal style and build a portfolio of work

All levels of experience are welcome.

You have two opportunities to join a watercolour workshop at Greenford Quay during September:

Saturday 19 September 9.30am – 12.30pm Book a place via Eventbrite – click on this link

Saturday 26 September 9.30am – 12.30pm Book your place via Eventbrite – click on this link


Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail paints in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. She starts her paintings with her immediate surroundings and takes photos and makes sketches to gather a visual library to use as reference points. Then she plays with the imagery and uses scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  

Visit Gail’s website for more information. 

We are delighted to be asked by Ealing Libraries to assist with their Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and maintain the momentum they had built up over the years in encouraging the Borough’s young resident to engage with the library.

For several years the library staff and volunteers have encouraged the Borough’s young readers with new books and activities. This year they wanted to maintain the momentum they have built up for children to participate and decided to take Summer Reading Challenge 2020 online. They were looking for a short play or enactment of a story which could be uploaded to their YouTube channel.

OPEN has worked with the Library many times before providing performances and plays for a variety of events. We turned to A Wonderful Adventure with whom we have collaborated on a number of occasions and agreed on an adaptation of a well-known children’s book. A Wonderful Adventure adapted The Dragon Tamers by Edith Nesbit. Their lockdown production has been uploaded to Ealing Libraries YouTube channel for viewing.

Children can join the #SillySquad by registering on

For more information on how to borrow books online or find more activities visit

Would you like the opportunity to explore the world of watercolour painting en plein air?

Join us on Wednesday 19 August as professional artist and experienced tutor Gail Astbury leads a watercolour workshops focusing on Flora & Fauna surrounding Greenford Quays.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

The class size is limited to 10 people so booking is essential –