The Open Group tells stories and shapes experiences, each informed by a sense of purpose and optimism.
We devise projects in the arts, media and commerce, then realise them with our industry partners.
The best become television series, books, products, events—or entire businesses. Many occupy the shifting, heady junction between real life and the digital world.
media, publishing and television
With Nathan Peter Wong, we develop tv drama and animation for young people and families. Every show—quirky or profound—features diverse and relatable characters. Industry leaders have mentored us and commissioned our work.
Our first animation follows the escapades of a community (or infestation) of friendly vermin. The show enjoys the backing of The Walt Disney Company, which has added its characteristic vibrancy and polish. Fifty-two episodes are in production by the Academy-Award®-nominated studio, Je Suis Bien Content, for initial broadcast in Europe.
Flying Workshop has a pure, family focus. In parallel—and in contrast—we’re exploring arresting adult drama and factual programming. Character Parts complements Flying Workshop’s recognised name while establishing a presence as ‘grown-up’ independent screenwriters.
Our books will move young readers to grow in understanding, courage and resilience, to explore and improve their world, and to express their imaginations through the arts.
education, the arts and commerce
We work on paper, on screen and in the imagination. But we long for the tactile, analogue, barefoot, hands-on world too: authentic lived experiences.
Generous mentors helped make our early dreams realistic. We aim to share that good fortune through publications, education and group events for people pursuing a creative living and life.
Once, our plan for a low-key, irregular parent-and-child magazine seemed sufficient. But now, a positive, anti-pink, outspoken, inclusive, un-plastic movement for families is imperative. Now we must build broader media and experiences underpinned by hope, resilience and respect.
Hearts and Culture
Our fledgling charity campaigns for creative and performing arts spaces, resources and education in regional communities.
The Harris Institute, Preston
In 2015, we instigated a £5 million bid to restore a Grade-II*-listed Victorian-era landmark. With over a quarter-acre of floor space, we envisaged the building buzzing with arts and technical education, community events and places to gather, exhibitions, music, film and performance. Sadly, structural problems have emerged, and extra funds are needed for the rescue.
The Open Store
Can e-commerce be reconciled with multi-sensory and worthwhile, real retail? We’re designing ethical products and authentic customer experiences.
Spice and Friends
Restoring the senses to food retail, Spice and Friends groups tastes and aromas in a newly useful flavour vocabulary. Specialist ingredients, fresh blends and portion-planned recipe kits will become easy, healthy meals. Impeccable sourcing, inspiring recipes and demonstrations will embolden new and practised cooks to experiment with international flair.
The Modest Store
Simplicity, texture, material and form link the hand-made crafts of Japan, Scandinavia and Australia. Our curated range of ceramics, textiles, furniture and homewares will juxtapose the beautiful and useful work of artisans from each culture.
Can we add to your project? Our loyal clients commend our insights, skill and warm professionalism.
Our niche sites let us offer help and information that’s relevant to you.
book design, editorial and production
Print is Read
When Book Design Australia outgrew its name, we split our services between publishing houses and individuals. Print is Read adapts to the systems of large firms to design highly-visual picture books, textbooks and lifestyle titles. Satisfaction lies in bringing together the work of authors, illustrators, editors, photographers and publishing specialists. Clients have included Scholastic, Cengage, The University of Technology Sydney, McGraw-Hill and Horwitz.
A Book Inside
We partner with emerging self-publishers to get their words into print and into readers’ hands. Our literate, step-by-step approach covers editorial, design, production and marketing. We’re ready to help with traditional and on-demand print, e-books, retail and direct sales. Everyone has a book inside. What’s yours?
marketing, content and design
Design for Children
By linking graphic design with education, we craft tempting, usable and vibrant media for young people. Backed by research and strong ethics, our work avoids the hectic pink-and-orange explosive excesses that distract and exhaust our audience. In their place? Respect, readability and honesty.
Words with Ways
Bringing our copywriting and content-creation skills to the fore, Words with Ways will address our clients’ increasing need for captivating, customer-centric writing with a distinct tone-of-voice.
When marketing entertainment companies, theatre, dance and exhibitions, we establish a ‘total experience’ for audiences before the curtain rises. Close research and our heartfelt response to each production guides our work: directors have even adopted our imagery when staging their events. Our ideas—tiny or comprehensive—have appeared for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Only Shadows Theatre Company, Peter Darren Productions, Curious Works, Ensemble Theatre, DS Productions, The Lingalayam Dance Company and pre-eminent venues in England and Australia.
We’re tiny. Minuscule. Just two of us guide a growing circle of creative freelancers and industry consultants, who keep us nimble and knowledgeable.
director, publishing consultant, project developer
A varied education means Stuart knows a little about journalism and theatre, and rather more about education.
At theatres in Sydney and London, Stuart found an affinity for arts marketing. His knack for vibrant writing and design was welcomed at Scholastic Australia, where he promoted educational and children’s books. In 2002 Stuart founded a publishing consultancy, which has provided editorial and design for 160 books with some 500,000 copies in print.
His work at The Open Group centres on themes of storytelling, childhood, education, creativity, design and innovation.
Please be reassured that Stuart’s computer is not currently on fire: that’s his smoky Lapsang Souchong tea.
arts and experience consultant, project developer
When young, Peter quickly recognised the power of storytelling.
After joining a progressive youth theatre, Peter honed his quick wit, improvisation and writing skills. His ear for dialogue and accents counted, but an empathy for others did most to ground his portrayals. Later training in Community and Educational Theatre saw Peter encourage the trust and esteem of disenfranchised young people as they told their own stories.
Peter’s knowledge of theatre and television extends across the uk, us and Australia. He’s drawn to muscular, character-driven drama.
Alongside his own work, Peter’s career in the arts, heritage and tourism sectors has included roles at The Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican Centre, York Museums Trust and Madame Tussauds.
Peter is known for his humour, humane insight and good judgement.
‘Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.’
Let’s say hello.
From our current base in North-West England—and thanks to online chats and cups of tea—we collaborate with people around the world. How may we help you?
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