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Offbeat 2019: review round-up

Usher and Crisis artist Mark saw shows all the way through the Offbeat festival – here, he presents his thoughts! Skip Skip Skip Enjoyable, if naive, coming of age story of a ‘young Goth’...

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Interpreting space and botanic art

Sarah Hughes has undertaken a residency at the Old Fire Station during the building process.  Her practice involves the arrangement of material, treating the site as a platform.  She describes her understanding of  space ‘not...

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FF+E

Fixtures Fittings and Equipment – otherwise known as FF+E – are becoming a headache. On a tight budget how do you choose between adequate IT and phones, hanging equipment for the gallery, projection facility...

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So you think you can dance

Oxfringe, who will defintely be at the Old Fire Station next year, comes to an end on Sunday with a dance competition involving local ‘personalities’ performing different styles with professional coaches and being judged. ...

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Dancing from the heart at Pegasus

Last Thursday I performed with DugOut Community Dance Company at Pegasus.  Dancers of all shapes and sizes making and showing work full of humour and feeling.  I was nervous that it would be good...

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Public Art

How do you make a fantastic permanent art work to sit in the new building which will intrigue and inspire for years to come in collaboration with a group of homeless people?  How do...

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General Manager

We have a new General Manager joining the team in June.  She is Becca Vallins and brings experience of working at the Almeida Theatre, the Barbican, National Trust and English Heritage.  Hurray!

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The Shop – Revisited

Here’s a post from Emily Alexander, who’s recently joined the team to manage the development of the Old Fire Station shop concept: Having been tasked with turning the current shell that opens up onto...

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The Shop

Emily Alexander has now joined us in a freelance capacity to develop the shop.  This will sell art and design objects made primarily by local artists and makers. Emily will be thinking through how...

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CRISIS in the Arts

From the moment I thought about applying for this job it seemed to me that the most interesting thing about it has always been the opportunity to make what the Arts Company does integral...

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Site Tour with Dancers – 7th April

We invited some dance leaders to view the site as they think about whether to hire the space for classes and events. Here are some pictures of our new home, as of early April…...

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Call to artists

Twelve artists looked round the building today to help them think about what they could do with a group of homeless people to create a pernmanent artwork for the building.  Submissions have to be in...

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Conundrum

We now have a queue of dance teachers wanting to hire space for classes which is great.  But there are lots of clashes so how do we decide which classes take priority?  And if...

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