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Great art for the public

We want our reputation to be good quality art aimed at adults which takes a risk, asks a question and entertains. We want our audiences to have fun and be open to new ideas and different people.

Professional development of artists

We support early to mid career artists from all disciplines with advice, subsidy, networks and promotion to help them become more successful.

Building the confidence and skills of homeless people

We help homeless people choose their own labels by including them as audience, participant, trainee, volunteer, contributor or artist. This helps develop networks, build resilience and leads to more stable lives.

A new kind of public space

We offer a public space which is shared by very different people and helps to break down barriers and promote solidarity.

We have a Shop selling original artwork, a Gallery with a wide range of exhibitions, a Theatre offering music and drama, a Studio for all kinds of dance, and workshops for artists to make work.  We also have spaces to hire for classes, rehearsals and meetings.

We share the building with Crisis Skylight Oxford– a training centre offering creative and formal learning opportunities to homeless and vulnerably housed people and a dedicated employment service which helps them find and keep jobs.  The Crisis Skylight Cafe provides on-the-job training, as well as great city centre food and drink to the wider public.

Members of the public come to the Old Fire Station to drink coffee, buy art, attend classes or watch a show.  Homeless people come to learn, gain skills and get support.  Artists come to rehearse, create and showcase.  They all come through the same door and find themselves sharing space and having overlapping interests.

The Arts are for everyone.  Everyone has potential.

Impact reports

2016 Impact Report

2016: Artists survey, summary of findings

August 2016: ShedSpace exhibition evaluation report

2015 Arts Training Scheme impact report

Hidden Spire 2014-15 impact report

October 2015: Vessels exhibition evaluation report

The first three years: retrospective evaluation

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You can help us support artists, Crisis members and much more by donating towards our core costs.

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 Join the team
We are a thriving arts centre offering a programme of theatre, comedy, dance and more. We need stewards to help us deliver great shows, workshops and gallery events. Usher, help on the bar or on box office – sometimes one, sometimes all three.

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