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.
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.
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.
I moved to W13 three years ago, and was lucky enough to be sign posted to the Islamic art class at OPEN Ealing. I found the atmosphere so welcoming and OPENs remit so interesting that when I was later asked to be chair I jumped at the chance.
Nick is an internationally exhibited contemporary artist. His main area of interest is in sculpture and drawing. His work often starts with the choice of an object or material found discarded in the street, discovered in a junk shop or rediscovered in his studio. He likes to work with things that have fallen out of normal use, but speak to him of their history and potential. Pearson puts these remnants of contemporary culture together to discover relationships between them. Sometimes repaired, adjusted or remade, shapes develop, colours combine, different histories collide and new formal or conceptual meanings evolve. Nick Pearson grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire and now works from a studio in west London. 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.
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. Time away from full time employment has meant that Tim has been able to pursue his interest in the Arts, particularly photography and hes been able to (almost) maintain his allotment plot. Tim has helped at London museums including The Museum of Brands and The Design Museum before becoming a Visitor Experience Volunteer at the V&A in 2019.
David Emmanuel Noel FRSA is a multidisciplinary artist/curator who has exhibited internationally and worked on projects in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the United States. His passion for the arts began at a young age. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, sharpening his awareness of self -expression and exposure to the creative industries. Combining a background in public relations and work experience in several industries, 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 Ealings 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.
Ina is a 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. It was the fascinating mix of Mexicos vibrant contemporary art scene and traditional indigenous culture that caught Inas attention and inspired her to reconnect with her love for photography. Since then Ina worked and traveled over 50 countries on five continents, and seizing each opportunity she captured the countries uniqueness but ever so often found herself been drawn to and fascinated by the mundane. After years of globetrotting Ina is happily settling in West London and is excited to, together with the local community, explore how art can be instrumental to express pertinent societal issues and stir much-needed debate and serve as a catalyst for change.