News, happenings and goings on from the Old Fire Station, Oxford
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Arts at the Old Fire Station is a charity and social enterprise in the heart of Oxford, offering a range of performances and exhibitions for everyone, support for emerging artists and enterprising ways to sustain and develop art as a business.
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 space 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.
But we are doing more together than simply sharing a building! The two charities have a shared vision for this new hub of creativity in the centre of Oxford . Creativity plays a central role in the drive to end homelessness with high quality arts activities and facilities giving confidence and opportunities. The public spaces in the building are for everyone and the fabulous artwork in the foyer embodies what we are about. It was funded by Oxford City Council and commissioned from two local artists who worked with a group of homeless people to create a stunning permanent installation with a key message: Change – when patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.