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Journeys is an exhibition celebrating new work by learning-disabled and autistic artists Wendy Belcher, Richard Hunt, Danny Smith & Tom Breach, which brings their unique creative journeys to a broader audience. The work in the exhibition explores diverse themes, including creating an alternative artistic persona, living with grief and loss, the quest for artistic excellence, and the day-to-day challenges of life as an autistic adult.

Danny Smith plays with different aspects of his personality through his drag alter ego Trixie Pixie Lox in a new dance-for-camera piece, whilst Wendy Belcher explores the deep relationship, and intensely felt loss, of her dog through a digital collage video. Making his next step in his ongoing quest for artistic excellence, Richard Hunt’s new works on paper and canvas see him continue to develop his style incorporating elements of decoupage alongside painting and drawing. Tom Breach leverages his talent for creating darkly humorous cartoons to produce a video documenting his struggles to achieve greater independence as an adult with autism.

Since 2009 the Shadowlight Artists have been supported by Film Oxford to create new work championing learning-disabled and autistic artists, alongside offering engagement opportunities to disabled and non-disabled audiences.

Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday 10 November, 6 – 8pm.

The four artists:

Danny Smith
Danny has clear artistic intentions to show independence and demonstrate emotions associated with change and personal empowerment. Danny identifies pride in being a role model for other disabled people seeking an independent life. He has broad artistic interests and has worked in a wide range of media, from painting and photography to performance, animation and documentary.
He won the best dance film at Oska Bright 2019 for ‘Time to Leave’, which was also chosen by ‘Agite y Sirva’, an international touring dance festival based in Mexico that exhibits in North, South and Central America. He also won the best dance film at Together! 2020 Film Festival for ‘Flashback’.

Wendy Belcher
Autistic artists and filmmaker Wendy Belcher fisrt sol film was called ‘Things That Annoy Me’, is a live-action/animated humorous documentary about her everyday life. It was chosen for the ArtWorks Together International Art Competition 2021 for an online and gallery exhibition in Rotherham, for which she also won a prize. Wendy was nominated for the best woman filmmaker award at the 2022 Oska Bright Film Festival and reached the top three. Oska Bright have toured the film around the country as part of their “Best of the Fest” including at the Barbican. She was also selected for the Shape Open 2022.

Tom Breach
Tom’s primary focus is on drawing and animation, which have elements of autobiography. His drawings create strange scenarios where morality and social norms are suspended. His previous animation films, ‘Shoebox Bay’ and ‘Revenge of the Penguin’ were exhibited at Modern Art Oxford . broadcast on UK TV and shown at film Festivals.

Richard Hunt
Richard is a prolific painter who in 2017, won the Shape Open Award with work produced during the Creative Bridges project. After winning the Shape Open, Richard decided to expand his practice to embrace elements of sculpture and textured surfaces which were exhibited at Modern Art Oxford. His film work has been shown at Festivals in the UK and internationally, including in Brazil and Canada. He also exhibited work at Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire.

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.

Getting here

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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

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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.