The Margate School
An exciting new initiative
in and for Margate
A new post-graduate level liberal art school where people matter, guided by project-based collaborative learning in the expanded field, nurturing independent thinking, inspired by Margate's past and passionate about the future.

Our motto: Officinae humanitatis - fabricando fabricamur (studios of humanity - we become humans as we engage humanly in the world we occupy - Johannes Comenius)  

Our vision is the successful establishment of an international liberal art school which is operated independently and on a self-sustaining basis in and for Margate, whose scope, activities and benefits can be enhanced with the support of partners primarily in Kent and Northern France, but also the rest of the UK and international sources.

Margate has a unique opportunity to establish an independent liberal art school serving a growing cultural inward migration, helping to establish a thriving local creative and circular economy and therefore become a further key catalyst for regeneration.

In our ambition to establish The Margate School we acknowledge that education is a privilege. Few can afford the time to reflect, to learn about what might be of value and what less so; to learn and apply skills in a meaningful, socially and environmentally sensitive fashion. For most of us learning takes place in intensive bursts in particular periods of our lives, institutionalised and structured. In a world of hyper-production and hyper-consumption, social inequality, human and environmental disasters the opportunity to learn should not be removed from life but be part of it. As Paulo Freire (1921- 1997) pointed out “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” Here the learner becomes aware at the very moment of learning that she has entered the realm of verstehen, partaking in the onset of erudition, of enlightenment. In The Margate School we seek to extend that learning potential, we seek to do this in the expanded the field, through art and design practice, philosophical reflection,
scientific exploration, technological enquiry, engagement in permanent culture, sociological investigations.

Educational programmes will operate internationally and will be developed in collaboration with École Supérieure d’Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen (ESADHaR). The orientation of its provision will be the key three terms: Art, Society, Nature and framed within ESADHaR’s MA (Diplôme national supérieur d’expression plastique option design) offer.