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Join us for the opening of Stacey Mead’s exhibition, A Purely Selfish Act.

A Purely Selfish Act is a series of pieces from designer Stacey Mead. Having recently completed her masters in Surface Pattern Design at Swansea College of Art this will be her first solo exhibition, where she explores the use of pattern in hard materials. The collection includes laser cut and engraved panels that are designed to be used as large scale interior and exterior wall cladding. Using layering Mead combines surface treatments to conceal some areas of design and reveal others.

The collection is inspired by Mead’s need to make, when starting a project she finds that to spur her creativity she needs to be playful. Taking everyday things, Mead creates objects that she can then draw and photograph to produce imagery for her design work. From this playful start she moves into digital design to allow her to add surface treatments to a range of hard materials.

The title ‘A Purely Selfish Act’ comes from the idea that Stacey Mead only makes to satisfy her own needs.  She does not make to show anyone else but to fulfil a desire to create, an outlet for her own enjoyment. The things she makes can be useful, they can decorate or respond to a brief but deep down the main reason for her creativity is for her own benefit and therefore ‘A Purely Selfish Act’.

Join us on Thursday 19 July, 6-8pm, for the opening of the exhibition.

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.

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk 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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) 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.

The Gallery

There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.


Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.