- Tickets: £25
- Company: PORTABLE Collective
- Ages: 14+
“Necessity is the mother of invention” is a well-known proverb. But what happens if we set out to explore creative invention without waiting for a specific need to arise? In this fun and fast-paced workshop we use collage to discover what can be invented through creative play…through the assembling, disassembling and reassembling of object and form. We will investigate the potential for improvement which a fractured, changeable situation offers us, and along the way, explore the creative opportunities which instability and flux hold.
The workshop will be led by PORTABLE members Miranda Miller and Jeremy Morgan. Miranda’s practice uses objects including ephemera from her childhood to engage with the repair process and to open conversations about our shared human fragility. Speaking of her work, Miranda says, “The work is an exploration of the fractured self which is sometimes painful and difficult to look at, but, I believe necessary to be able to repair and heal.”
Jeremy is an abstract painter seeking to marry dynamism and friction with the beauty and imperfection of the contemporary world. “Being open to change during the making process is an important strategy”, he says, “it’s quite common for me to invert or re-order elements many times, so that the final painting ends up radically changed from my original sketches!”
No previous experience is necessary – just bring yourself and prepare to have fun!!
Parking & Access
There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.
The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.
If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford
Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 263990.
There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.
Events in the Theatre
There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).
If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail email@example.com) and we will talk with you about your needs.
Events in the Studio
There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.
Events in the Loft
There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.
There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail email@example.com.
Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.