About

Art is for everyone. Everyone has potential.

Great art for the public

We want our reputation to be for 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, participants, trainees, volunteers, contributors or artists. 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.

Our reports

2016 Impact report

A report on the impact of our programmes bringing together homeless people and emerging artists.

(pdf @ 4.12 MB)
2016 Artists survey: a summary of findings

In December 2015, we carried out a survey of artists involved in the Old Fire Station's work to determine how and how far contact with us was supporting their creative and career development.

(pdf @ 319.17 KB)
2016: ShedSpace exhibition evaluation report

The ShedSpace project took place December 2015 - May 2016, and celebrated the role of the humble garden shed in the creative industries, past and present.

(pdf @ 1.33 MB)
2015 Arts Training Scheme impact report

The Arts Training Scheme aims to enable homeless people to develop competencies relevant to the creative industries, as well as skills transferable to other sectors.

(pdf @ 469.48 KB)
Hidden Spire 2014-15 impact report

Our major arts project with Crisis clients is Hidden Spire, a theatre piece devised and performed by clients alongside a professional creative team.

(pdf @ 2.17 MB)
October 2015: Vessels exhibition evaluation report

Vessels was a collaboration between Arts at the Old Fire Station (AOFS), Crisis Skylight Oxford (Crisis) and the Pitt Rivers Museum (PRM) to create an exhibition with Crisis members.

(pdf @ 2.55 MB)
The first three years: retrospective evaluation

This report captures the learning from the first three years of Arts at the Old Fire Station.

(pdf @ 3.85 MB)