An exhibition around stories – stories of real people, collected from citizens of Oxford.

Work in the exhibition will respond to these stories, collected via Storytelling Evaluation Methodology from local partners. So far, the Old Fire Station has introduced Storytelling to over 60 organisations. The stories collected as part of this work form a rich alternative chronicle of twenty-first century life in Oxford.

These unique narratives include accounts of mutual aid during the covid pandemic, youth work in the city, the Lived Experience Advisory Forum for homelessness services, the activities of local community centres, the journeys of those in the city with no recourse to public funds, and the County Council’s strategy on mental health. As well as recording these stories, the collaborative nature of the Storytelling process has supported networks of cooperation and community action throughout Oxford.

The exhibition will feature a story quilt made by Sara Fernandez, audio from the stories, and more.

Exhibition opening
Wednesday 12 April, 5.45pm
Visit the exhibition, hear from the people behind it, and meet others interested in this work. The session will include a short Q+A in our cafe.

The Storytelling Evaluation Methodology and how we use it
Tuesday 23 May, the OFS Loft, 5.30pm
Come along to an informal session to find out a bit more about how we’ve used Storytelling to evaluate impact, and how it works in practice. Click here to book.

Story collecting and how we use it
Saturday 27 May, the OFS studio, 2pm
Interested in collecting stories? This session in an opportunity to find out more about how to collect stories, and have a go at putting it into practice. Click here to book.