Our mission


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 local early to mid-career artists from all disciplines with advice, subsidies, 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.


• The public, through arts and culture, to have fun and to become open to new ideas and different people.
• Artists to become more successful.
• Homeless people to become more resilient and lead more stable lives.


Inclusion and participation: We want everyone to feel welcome and able to participate.

Excellence: We strive to present work that is high quality in terms of art, technical skill and engagement of the public.

Creativity and fun: We think it is important for everyone to be able to access art, to experiment, create and learn.

Diversity: We celebrate diversity and appreciate positive difference.

Enterprise: We look for enterprising ways of creating a sustainable business and help others do the same.

Risk: We recognise the need to take risks so we can learn and develop.

Networks and collaboration: We believe in strong supportive networks and communities.

Public space: We think everyone should be able to occupy public space with confidence in a way that does not impinge on the ability of others to do so.


We will create a sustainable social enterprise, enabling us to secure enough income from supporters and customers to be able to make the impact we are seeking.

We believe that art is for everyone: everyone has potential. Seeing, participating in and making art engages, excites and stretches people, encouraging new voices and unexpected connections.

As an arts centre, sharing a building and working in partnership with Crisis, we want to deliver and sustain a truly inclusive artistic and cultural public space, which welcomes and celebrates difference and enables people to engage with new ideas, develop new skills and try on new identities. Our job is to put on shows, exhibitions, events and workshops – and to work hard selling tickets, running the bar and the shop, hiring out spaces and keeping our customers happy so that we keep the money coming in to make this all possible.

We believe that the people, activities and opportunities within AOFS – and the values that underpin everything we do – enable people to find their own ways to become better artists, more resilient individuals and part of stronger, more inclusive communities. Together, they will create outcomes that we could never have planned for or predicted.

Our ambition is that everyone we are working with – volunteers, artists, homeless people, staff, members of the public, professional colleagues – can enjoy these opportunities and benefits. Within this, we have chosen three specific changes we want to support through our work:

  1. Everyone engaged with AOFS is more open to new ideas and different people.
  2. Artists are more successful.
  3. Homeless people are more resilient and stable.

AOFS Theory of Change

We have developed a series of measures which help us describe whether and how we are achieving the impacts we are seeking.

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