Old Fire Station Blog

News, happenings and goings on from the Old Fire Station, Oxford

Spring 2017 – staff picks

A new year, a new season of work – we asked our staff what they’re most looking forward to between now and the end of April 2017. Click here to … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Art in Oxford this Autumn

As well as theatre, music, comedy and dance, Oxford is packed with visual art exhibitions – take a look at what’s on offer until Christmas… OVADA Warehouse, 22 – 26 … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

LiveFriday: Framed!

On Friday 13 May we co-curated a LiveFriday at the Ashmolean Museum! Playground, Oxfordshire Theatre Makers, The Dead Secrets and The Listening Room – all folks who appear in our … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christmas Making Space

Despite having only just celebrated Bonfire Night, preparations are well under way here at the Old Fire Station for the installation of our festive Gallery exhibition, Christmas Making Space. Building … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guess Who’s Back…

After their involvement in our Christmas Shop exhibition, Rycotewood Furniture Centre are back in our Gallery this July, showcasing the best of past and present student’s work. As well as beautiful … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

ART & MONEY – where’s the CHANGE?

On 16th April 2015, artists, cultural organisations, funders, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Old Fire Station to debate. The meeting was part of Marmalade at the Old Fire Station … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Vessels exhibition – an article by Sarah Mayhew Craddock

  Some people are born with a story to tell and a sense of the gift they posses that will help them to share that story; whilst others’ stories and … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bees, Bikes and Independent Businesses!

Shop at the Old Fire Station is (quite literally) buzzing; spring is on the way and we’re lining the shelves with loads of new stock – including some stunning collobarative work … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Re-Fashioned and Feng Ho: New Exhibitions

Our new Making Space programme is well underway here at the Old Fire Station with two brand new exhibitions now up in our Shop and Gallery. Re-Fashioned brings together four UK … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Interview: All Roads Lead To Rome

Chris Dobrowolski has been Visiting Artist at the British Antarctic Survey, has created sculptures from planes, trains and automobiles, and has been described as ‘the greatest living artist in the … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art and Money – Oxford Marmalade 2015

Another day, another funding cut – in the age of austerity, it can feel as if the arts are in desperate need of a guardian angel. The demands are piling … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exhibition Preview: HUE and Keep Looking

Here at the Old Fire Station we are busy prepping for our new exhibitions in our Shop and Gallery spaces. HUE, an exhibition exploring colour in its various guises will be … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

12 Artists; 12 Worlds

I’ve now spent 3 days at Oxford Brookes Interdisciplinary Art MA Festival, (entitled LOST/FIND). I have been lucky enough to meet and get to know several of the artists whose … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Barbara Kruger at Modern Art Oxford

Barbara Kruger’s name first cropped up in my art history module at Banbury OCVC. A fleeting photo of a billboard, included in a lesson about pop art & post modernism; … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Playground: 2nd Anniversary Abstract Feast of Ideas

Last week I attended the 2nd birthday party for Oxford’s Playground, a forum for artists and musicians to develop work and socialise.  As well as party snacks we were presented … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Artist Interview with Humphrey ‘Huck’ Astley; One of the Musico-Lyrical beings behind the sounds for ‘Alexander the Great’

Today, the magnificent Folk Operetta ‘Alexander the Great’ will come crashing and morphing and lolloping and flitting and hurtling down George Street, into the doors of the Old Fire Station, … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Adventures in Lo-Fi: Imagistic Recreations of a Modern Obsession with all things Vintage, Craft, Rustic

“It’s 8:30, according to my (inferior) 90s style digitally-faced Casio watch, and my partner’s (inordinately superior) ‘real’ 70s leather-strapped wrist-piece. We swing by the local artisan bakery, picking up a … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment