Join us to celebrate the Shadowlight Artists: Rising exhibition.

Film Oxford presents the latest work by the Shadowlight Artists. In this exhibition across two venues, Old Fire Station and Modern Art Oxford, the group showcases work spanning installation, painting, digital media and theatrical production. The exhibition celebrates the group’s creative growth since their formation in 2009 with an artistically ambitious body of work which re-frames disability arts.

The exhibition features major new works by the core group alongside two new films produced by the wider Shadowlight Associates group. The work in the show represents a major upscaling of the group’s ambitions.

Mark Hemsworth’s print works represent a departure into large-scale print works reflecting his obsession with collecting images, and a new installation by Richard Hunt expands his painting practice into the realms of multi-media installation. A new animation by Tom Breach blends autobiographical experience with fantasy, and Lucy Skuce’s video installation blends her obsession with construction and the domestic environment. Danny Smith’s new film continues his interest into ancestral memory and the cultures of prehistory.

The exhibition follows the premiere of Shadowlight artist Russell Highsmith’s play:

Singles Night
Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm
Life is happening. Love is all around. Emma and James are flatmates; they’ve been friends forever, and are looking for their fairytale endings. When Amber pops up with her dating agency, “Friends ‘n’ Lovers”, what could possibly go wrong?
Tickets: £8.50/£6. Click here.

Since 2009 the group have done much to change the perceptions of artists with learning disabilities. The group has shown work at film festivals internationally, and were winners of the Haelo film festival award in 2016. Russell Highsmith became the first writer with a learning disability to have a play produced on stage in the UK in the same year, and in 2017 Richard Hunt won the Shape Open award for disability arts, the first time an artist with a learning disability has won the award.

“This fascinating and often moving exhibition made quite an impression on me. It has encouraged a less constrained and more honest approach to my own work.” – From Deborah Caulfield’s Disability Arts Online review of the group’s 2016 exhibition, Creative Bridges

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: 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 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 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

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

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 and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.